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


Alexandra Hristodoulou

Hometown: Webster, NY

Major/Minor: Media Management

Campus Involvement: Teddi 34 Programming Captain, PRIMA Public Relations Team Member, PRSSA Secretary, Student Ambassador, Student Conduct Committee Student Representative, Orientation Team/ Great Beginnings Student Ambassador, SWAV Member

Service Site: National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

Why do you volunteer? First of all, I enjoy engaging with others to provide aid and services to those in need. As a volunteer within special events for Teddi and the NKF, I am able to work alongside amazing people to create events that raise money and awareness for causes that provide aid and services to people who suffer with diseases and their families. Through volunteering, I am able to get to know many people throughout the community, broaden my understanding, and ultimately work with others to create a healthier and stronger community.

What does the scholarship mean to you? Since my first days at Fisher, I have been nothing but proud to call myself a service scholar. This program is more than a scholarship; it is a representation of not only the amazing and dedicated scholars, but also proof that caring and giving back are a priority on the St. John Fisher College campus and the greater Rochester community. As a service scholar, I am fortunate to have created a network of people who value the hard work and dedication that goes into providing help for those who need it. Being a service scholar is helping to provide resources and create opportunities to build a better, healthier, stronger, and happier community.

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