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.

Program Requirements

Students interested in becoming a First Generation Scholar must complete the First Generation Scholarship Application. The student must also apply to and be accepted by St. John Fisher College, as well as meeting the following criteria:

  • The student must be the first generation in their family to attend a postsecondary institution*
  • High school seniors must be planning to enter Fisher directly after graduating
  • Able to meet the academic requirements for admission to Fisher
  • Recognized citizen-scholars in their high school community
  • Willing to mentor younger students to achieve academic excellence and to pursue a college education

*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.

Questions may be directed to Sally Vaughan, Director of Community Service at (585) 385-8196.

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.


  • Develop activities for students outside of classes
  • Reach out to students on a one-to-one basis in elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Encourage the benefits of higher education
  • Promote relationships that create a foundation for the student's future

First Generation Scholar Spotlight

Lindsay Michaud

Lindsay Michaud

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Major/Minor: Nursing

Campus Involvement: First generation scholar and class representative for the 2017 First Generation Scholars, Colleges Against Cancer Senior Advisor, Peer Mentor, Student Nurses Association club member, FULD Scholar in the Nursing Program

Service Site: Edison Tech New Directions Program

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer because I love giving back to the Rochester Community. I really love that we have the ability to work in the Rochester community with all different populations, students, adults, and other organizations. Volunteering really warms my heart!

What does the scholarship mean to you? This scholarship is SO important to me. Being the first generation of my family to go to college was challenging and scary! I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, being surrounded by a group of students all going through this experience at the same time as just amazing. We were all able to support each other navigating this new place. Also it means promoting higher education and helping children throughout Rochester realize the opportunities they have in higher education. I can't imagine not being a part of this program and I am forever thankful to Fisher and the Constantino Family for this amazing opportunity.

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