Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program

The First Generation Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential, and whose parents did not graduate from college.

Recipients receive yearly awards up to one-half of tuition and on-campus room and board, depending on demonstrated financial need. Since a large percentage of our alumni stay in the Rochester area, such a program serves to reinforce the College’s commitment to the greater Rochester community.

Application Process

Submit a completed First Generation Scholarship Application and apply to the College.

Note: Please refer to the First Generation Application Instructions [pdf] document for important information before beginning the application process.

Candidates will be selected as finalists on the basis of academic success, motivation, leadership, and volunteerism and notified no later than March 1.

Scholarship Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Have demonstrated academic motivation and success throughout high school
  • Be first generation college students (parents did not graduate from college)
  • Be high school seniors planning to attend Fisher in the following fall semester

Regular admission standards typically include a high school GPA of B/B+ and a total SAT score (math and evidence-based reading and writing) of 1080 or higher.

Candidates choosing to apply for HEOP will not be eligible to compete for this scholarship.

Benefits of the First Generation Program

The first-year program of coursework and advising at the College is ideally suited to meet the needs of first generation students. Fisher offers students access to an outstanding faculty who can enable students to discover their natural abilities and to develop their minds.

First Generation Scholarship recipients participate in a Learning Community designed to assist them in making a successful transition to a college environment.

Giving Back to the Rochester Community

First Generation Scholars participate in an academic mentoring program in the Rochester community. This program allows them to mentor younger students in ways that encourage their interest in and pursuit of a college education.