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.

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.

A Day in the Life of A Service Scholar

Want to find out more about the Service Scholars Program? Get an inside look through A Day in the Life of a Service Scholar: An Informal View, a media project by Jessica Martin, Service Scholar Class of 2017.

Scholar Spotlight

Lindsey Kocher

Lindsey Kocher '15

Major/Minor: Psychology Major, Women and Gender Studies Minor

Campus Involvement: Service Scholar, JASY 2014 Team Member, Feminist Caucus Facilitator and Founder, SWAV President, Student Ambassador, Peer Advisor/Orientation Team Member

Service Site: Melita House, which is a group-living home for pregnant teens and young women, and their newborn children.

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer because I have been blessed in life with so many wonderful things such as an education, family, friends, and health. I feel compelled to share what I have been given and help those that are less fortunate.

What does the Service Scholarship mean to you? Without this scholarship I would not have been able to come to Fisher. Opportunities, experiences, and relationships with incredible people have occurred because I am a member of the Fisher Family and, most importantly, the Service Scholarship.

How has volunteering helped you at Fisher? The best way to say how volunteering has helped me at Fisher is to talk about my experiences at Melita House this past year. I leave my regular day's schedule of classes, homework, and social activities to help women that are stronger and more inspiring than I could ever give them credit for in my words.

With very little support and education these women take on the world not only with responsibility for their own lives, but for their little ones as well. Most things are stacked against them, but they do not give up and they fight to do the best they can.

I have discovered that I want to do this with my life, help women and men that do not have a voice or representation in society. I know that when I return to Fisher I have opportunities and the ability to do work toward exactly that. Being a service scholar at Fisher has opened my eyes to my passion and the needs that my passion can fulfill.

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