First Generation Scholars Program

About the Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Program

Constantino Family

Since its founding in 1948, St. John Fisher College has enrolled a high percentage of first generation college students.

In honor of its 50th anniversary in 1998, the College renewed its commitment to today's first generation students by creating the Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program.

Since approximately 70% of our alumni stay in the Rochester area, such a program serves to reinforce the College's commitment to the Greater Rochester Community as well.

The Fannie and Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial and academic assistance to up to 24 qualified high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential and are the first in their immediate families to attend a post-secondary institution*.

First Generation Scholars tutor, mentor, and coordinate leadership activities that impact youth. Scholars also organize group service events that benefit the Rochester community.

*Applicant's parent(s) or guardian may not have graduated from a two-year or four-year college or university. Siblings' attendance or graduation from a college program is permitted.

Vision, Mission & Goals


Higher education is attainable for everyone.


Encourage, challenge, and promote higher education in the Rochester community by being role models, mentors, educators, and striving to develop leadership in self and others.


  • To develop activities for students outside of classes
  • To reach out to students on a one-to-one basis in elementary, middle and high schools
  • To encourage the benefits of Higher Education
  • To promote relationships that create a foundation for the student's future

First Generation Scholar Spotlight

Kelly Lovejoy

Kelly Lovejoy '16

Hometown: Bloomfield, NY

Major/Minor: Childhood and Special Education

Campus Involvement: Treasurer of TESA, CEC, First Generation Class assistant, Tutoring Site leader

Service Site: School 29: At this placement we are mentors to students that are in elementary school. We help them as needed, as well as play games and do crafts, along with other activities.

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer to see the joy it brings to the people I help. Even if it is the slightest thing, it could mean the world to someone else. I'm happiest when I can make others happy!

What does the First Generation Scholarship mean to you? This scholarship means everything to me. I hold service in a special place in my heart. If it wasn't for this scholarship, I, like many others, would not be able to be here at Fisher!

How has volunteering helped you at Fisher? Not only volunteering, but also the program in general has helped me become a better person. I am more confident in myself and my abilities to better lead and assist others!

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