St. John Fisher College offers a generous academic scholarship program that is based on the high school average, strength of curriculum, and SAT or ACT results. The Office of Admissions automatically notifies students who are eligible for academic scholarships. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for specific scholarship program information.
Transfer Achievement Scholarships (Transfer only)
Transfer Achievement Scholarships are awarded to full-time transfer students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 from all previously attended institutions. All transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships without regard to financial eligibility. For information on the scholarship, please visit the Transfer Scholarships page.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (Transfer only)
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are awarded to full-time transfer students who are participating members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. This scholarship is $3,000 per year for each year a recipient attends Fisher. For information on the scholarship, please visit the Transfer Scholarships page.
Freshman Student Merit Scholarships
All freshmen applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships without regard to financial eligibility. Scholarship eligibility is based on high school grade point average, strength of curriculum, and SAT or ACT scores. Eligible students are automatically notified by the Office of Admissions. Merit awards cannot be combined with the Service Scholars and First Generation Scholarships. Merit scholarships are not available for summer study, are applied to tuition only, full time matriculated undergraduate students, for a maximum of 8 semesters (4 years). A student must be meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet the academic requirements for the scholarship awarded.
Service Scholars Program (Freshmen only)
The Fisher Service Scholars Program embodies the spirit of community and caring that is the hallmark of the Fisher experience.
The program recognizes and rewards high school seniors who demonstrate an ongoing interest in serving the needs of others through a commitment to community service. This scholarship program provides awards equal to one-third of the total yearly cost of Fisher’s tuition, fees, and room and board for four years to those enrolled prior to the Fall 2013 semester and equal to one-half for those receiving the scholarship beginning Fall 2013 and after. The Service Scholarship may not be combined with other merit-based scholarship programs available at the College.
Recipients of the Fisher Service Scholarship will be high school seniors who plan to attend St. John Fisher College directly from high school. They will have performed a minimum of 50 hours of community service per year to their community, school or church. Applications are available in mid-September through the Office of Freshman Admissions. Once enrolled at Fisher, Service Scholars are expected to continue their involvement in community service work. Upon graduation, students will have a degree in their major field of study and a certificate in Service Leadership, which prepares them to play a leadership role within their community.
For more information on program requirements, please visit the Service Scholars Program page.
First Generation Scholarship Program (Freshmen only)
The Fannie and Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial and academic assistance to high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential and are the first in their families to attend a post-secondary institution. Applications are available in mid-September through the Office of Freshman Admissions. Recipients of the First Generation Scholarship will receive yearly awards ranging from $5,000 to one-half of resident student costs, depending on demonstrated financial need. They will also work with a faculty mentor throughout their four years, enroll in a freshman seminar course, and participate in an academic mentoring program in the Rochester community.
The First Generation Scholarship may not be combined with other merit-based scholarship programs at the College.
For more information on program requirements, please visit the First Generation Scholarship Program page.
By providing select topics for exploration and creating an environment where students receive personal attention, the Honors Program helps participants expand their thinking and personal limits. Students admitted to the Honors Program receive a $12,000 scholarship over four years ($3,000/year), in addition to any other merit-based or special scholarship awards they qualify for. The invitation to participate in the Honors Program is made after the student is admitted to Fisher. Students who qualify for Honors Program consideration are required to complete an Honors Program application. For information and qualifications about the Honors Scholarship, please visit the Honors Program page.
Science Scholars Program
The Science Scholars Program at St. John Fisher College is designed for students who intend to major in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics. Science Scholars receive a $12,000 scholarship over four years ($3,000/year), in addition to any other merit-based or special scholarship awards they qualify for. Students also receive a laptop to use throughout their four years at Fisher. The invitation to participate in the Science Scholars Program is made after the student is admitted to St. John Fisher College. Students who qualify for Science Scholars Program consideration are required to complete a separate application. For information and qualifications about the Science Scholarship, please visit the Science Scholars Program page.
Flower City Award
All out-of-state new freshman and transfer students will automatically receive a Flower City Award of $5,000 per year. This award may be combined with any other scholarships for which a student qualifies.
New freshman or transfer students with a parent or stepparent who is an alumnus/alumna of the College will automatically receive a Legacy Award of $1,000 per year. This award may be combined with any other scholarships for which a student qualifies.
St. John Fisher College Restricted & Endowed Scholarships
Each year the College awards restricted and endowed scholarships, made possible through the generosity of hundreds of individuals and organizations. Awards are made by the St. John Fisher College Financial Aid Office or St. John Fisher College academic departments in accordance with the special criteria of each scholarship. All applicants for financial aid are automatically considered for scholarships for which they meet the established criteria. Because of funding fluctuations or renewals, not all scholarships are available to be awarded in any given year. Further information regarding each scholarship can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office at (585) 385-8042.
Foreign Language Scholarship (Freshmen only)
Two Foreign Language Scholarships are awarded annually to recognize achievement in foreign language as a sound preparation for college work. Scholarship recipients receive $3,000 annually, over four years, if they complete two foreign language courses during their first year at Fisher and maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA. For qualifications, please visit the Foreign Language Scholarship page.
Rochester Urban League Black Scholars Scholarships
St. John Fisher College offers scholarships to the best qualified applicants from the Black Scholars Program of the Rochester Urban League. Scholarships may be renewed up to three years for full-time recipients demonstrating satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees.
Privately Funded Scholarships
The generosity of alumni, community organizations, and friends of the College has provided funds for these special scholarships. These awards are offered to students in good academic standing who meet the specific criteria designated by the donor(s) of the scholarship. If you are eligible for any of these scholarships, you will be notified and asked to fill out the proper paperwork. All scholarships that require an application are marked with an asterisk. For those that do not require an application, the College will match an applicant’s qualifications to those of the award. Because of funding fluctuations, not all scholarships are available in any given year. A complete listing of privately funded scholarships can be found on the Alumni Scholarships page. Further information regarding the scholarships can be found in the Financial Aid Office, (585) 385-8042, or Alumni/Development Office, (585) 385-8006.
Tuition Scholarships for Employees of St. John Fisher College and Immediate Dependents
Information on these scholarships is available in the Employee Handbook.
St. John Fisher College Grants
These grants are awarded to students on the basis of financial need as determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov, and, to a lesser extent, the academic achievement of the applicant. Awards are made on a funds-available basis. The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 15 for all new students and April 1 for all returning students.