Service Scholars Program
The Service Scholars Program embodies the spirit of community and caring that is the hallmark of the Fisher experience.
About the Service Scholars Program
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. The scholarship award is equal to one-half of the total yearly cost of Fisher's tuition, fees, and room and board for four years.
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.
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.
Students interested in becoming a Service Scholar must complete the Service Scholar Application.
In order to retain their awards while engaged in full-time study as matriculated students, Service Scholars are required to:
- Engage in full time study as a matriculated student
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of degree requirements
- Fulfill a commitment to community service hours as indicated in the service scholars' manual
- Participate in a two-course learning community titled The Civic Self: Creating Identity through Community during the fall semester of their first year at St. John Fisher College
- Participate in the Community Engagement Workshops in the fall semester of the freshman year
- Complete a 1/2-credit service learning seminar in the spring semester of the freshman year (SERV 130C)
- Pass one service learning course (3-4 credits) taken at any time after the freshman year. Courses that fulfill this requirement can be found during registration each semester by searching for the service learning (SLC) attribute in the course listing
- Complete a 1/2 credit service learning retreat in the fall semester of the senior year (SERV 334)
Community Service Yearly Hours
- Freshman: 130 hours
- Sophomores-Seniors: 200 hours
Note: Community service hours in Rochester are coordinated through the Community Service Office. Students can perform 40 percent of their community service hours in their hometown or in outside one-time community service events. Students are responsible for 60 percent of their hours at their Rochester site.
Class of 2017 Service, First Gen Scholars Do What They Do Best in 23,900 Hours
During their four years at St. John Fisher College, members of the Class of 2017 who were Service Scholars and First Generation Scholars logged more than 23,900 hours of community service at dozens of agencies and organizations in the Rochester area.Learn More About Class of 2017 Service