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.

Service Scholar Spotlight

Sarah Ziolkowski

Sarah Ziolkowski '15

Hometown: Wheatfield, NY

Major/Minor: Sociology/Psychology

Campus Involvement: Student Orientation Coordinator, Programming Captain for Teddi, Great Beginning Ambassador, Student Conduct Representative, Service Scholar, Senior Week Coordinator, and VP of Recognition of NRHH

Service Site: I volunteer at CP Rochester. CP Rochester has a day habilitation program, transition program, and a pre-school program where children, young adults, and seniors with physical and mental disabilities and children with and without disabilities to come and experience everyday life opportunities that they might not be able to experience.

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer because I enjoy helping someone in need and bringing a smile to their face. I like to give someone an opportunity to do something that they couldn't do on their own and tell them with help and hard work, that they can achieve anything that they set their mind to. Service has taught me to be lucky for what I have and how I can make an impact in someone's life.

What does the scholarship mean to you? This scholarship has done wonders for me. It has allowed me to continue helping people within the Rochester community and has allowed me to teach someone that you can do anything. This scholarship has made me continue my giving back to the community.

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