Service Scholars Program

About the Service Scholars Program

The Service Scholars Program embodies the spirit of community and caring that is the hallmark of the Fisher experience.

Each year, 24 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who exhibit outstanding community service through activities in their schools, places of worship, and community agencies.

Program Features

The Service Scholars Program provides 24 students each year with scholarship awards equal to one-half of the total yearly cost of Fisher's tuition, fees, and room and board for four years. Service Scholars will be expected to continue their involvement in community service work while completing the curricular component of the program. Students enrolled in the Service Scholars Program will earn a Certificate of Service Leadership upon graduation from St. John Fisher College.

In order to retain their awards while engaged in full-time study as matriculated students, Service Scholars are required to:

  • Participate in a two-course learning community entitled "Leadership Through Self-Development" during the Fall semester of their first year at St. John Fisher College;
  • Attend a service learning seminar course during each of their remaining semesters at the College; Note: Community service hours in Rochester are coordinated through the Community Service Office. Students can also perform 40 percent of their community service hours in their hometown or in outside one-time community service events.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements.

Community Service Yearly Hours

Freshman: 130 hours

Sophomores-Seniors: 200 hours

Mission Statement

The Service Scholarship program offers students an opportunity for service in the context of service learning. We partner with individuals with a clear need and in communities where resources to provide services are scarce. The program encourages person-to-person interaction with the goal of emphasizing with and getting to know the poor and needy, appreciating who they are and what they need and do, and serving their needs within our ability. Service learning is supported in the classroom through ongoing, connected, challenging and contextual reflection.

At the end of the program our aim is that students will have a developed a pattern of service and giving not only of time but of self.

Service Scholar Spotlight

Colby Brown

Colby Brown

Hometown: Marion, NY

Major/Minor: Media Management

Campus Involvement: SGA Senate

Service Site: Writers & Books

Why do you volunteer? Growing up, my family always volunteered with our community at various events and initiatives. I remember having a feeling of joy, as we would bring joy to others. That is the reason why I volunteer. Nothing compares to being a positive influence in the communities, organizations, and families that you interact with.

What does the scholarship mean to you? This scholarship allows me to continue that feeling of joy and happiness. Being able to dance with the elderly, help children in city schools stay active by exercising and playing games, provide some spirit at 5Ks early in the morning - these are just some of the many opportunities that Fisher offers in conjunction with this scholarship. The scholarship is an opportunity to make a difference both in the Rochester community and with the "Fisher Family," while making memories that will last a lifetime.

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