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Service Scholars Program

The Service Scholars Program allows students to continue their involvement in community service throughout college.

The scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who exhibit a commitment to service through activities in their schools, places of worship, non-profit agencies, and in their communities. Recipients receive yearly awards of one-half the total cost of tuition and room and board.

The Service Scholars Program is an opportunity to make a difference both in the Rochester community and with the Fisher Family, while making memories that will last a lifetime.

The Service Scholars Program is an opportunity to make a difference both in the Rochester community and with the Fisher Family, while making memories that will last a lifetime.

Application Process

Note: We are no longer accepting applications to the Service Scholars Program for fall 2020. The application will open for the 2021-2022 academic year in late summer.

Scholarship Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Have performed a total of 100 hours of community service throughout the four years of high school in their community, school, or church
  • 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.

Students applying for HEOP are not eligible for the Service Scholarship.

Program Requirements

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 community-engaged learning seminar course during spring semester of their first year and during spring semester senior year (a retreat).
  • Complete one community-engaged learning course during their program tenure.
  • Make a commitment to community service hours as follows: attend a two hour weekly workshop the fall semester of the first year and 65 hours spring semester of the first year; 200 hours each year remaining
    Note: Service hours are coordinated through the Community Service Office. Students can also arrange to have a portion of the community service hours they perform during semester breaks count toward their total semester requirement.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements.

Upon completion, students are awarded a Certificate in Service Leadership.

Service Scholars Program of Study

Leadership Through Self-Development

The most basic responsibility of leadership is self-development. In this class, different ways of obtaining self-knowledge (such as structured reflection, self-directed writing, and role playing) are used to promote discovery of values, strength of commitments, individual learning style, and feelings about change. Readings introduce learners to scholars whose ideas have shaped modern approaches to leadership, including those who write about stewardship, servant leadership, ways women lead, and visionary leadership. Participants practice the behavioral skills upon which leaders rely to build credibility, inspire trust, and exert non-coercive influence.

First-Year Community-Engaged Learning Seminar

The seminar's purpose is to provide scholars with a forum to reflect thoughtfully on the mission of the program and on their experiences as service scholars. The seminar meets once a month, and a class community service project is required.

Senior Community-Engaged Learning Seminar

This seminar expands upon the techniques used in the freshman/sophomore seminar to enhance community-engaged learning. Particular emphasis is given to examining functional attitudes and required competencies for individuals who want to pursue careers in community service. Students are expected to provide service over a prescribed number of hours in conjunction with seminar attendance.

Service Project Independent Study

Seniors participated in a full day retreat reflecting on their four-year service experiences and leadership development in the program.