Emily Colliss, Associate Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Dr. Wanda Cooper, Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Each year, the Service Scholarship Program awards a scholarship to 24 qualified high school students who exhibit a high degree of motivation and academic potential, and a passion for civic and community engagement. A highly competitive program, selected students, develop as leaders, and cultivate a practice of impactful engagement with community. The scholarship award reduces tuition and room and board fees by one-half, for up to four years, in exchange for full participation in programming each semester.

In 1996, St. John Fisher University introduced the Service Scholarship Program, created to provide meaningful community engagement in the Rochester community in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Understanding that no single organization or individual can solve complex social problems alone, but through collaboration, collective impact can be realized.

Program Requirements:

To maintain good standing as a Service Scholar and receive all benefits of the scholarship program, students must successfully:

  • Engage in full time study as a matriculated student
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of degree requirements
  • Complete the two-course learning community during the fall semester of their first year
  • Complete the weekly Community Engagement Seminar series during the first year of enrollment
  • Complete all successive courses and seminars the Program offers
  • As a sophomore, junior and senior meet program hour requirements and fulfill a commitment to weekly community engagement with a local nonprofit organization during each year of enrollment at the University

Training is provided through Community Engagement seminars in the first year, to effectively prepare Scholars to be thoughtful, empathetic, impactful, and culturally responsive in their community engagement activities while also building the critical thinking skills necessary to take full advantage of this unique opportunity.

Community Engagement partnerships at local nonprofits are developed with and for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Scholars by staff at Fisher's Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Experiences are designed to provide academic enrichment and preparation for career and leadership, as Scholars give back to the Greater Rochester community and continue the great tradition of community engagement with local leaders. Specific information about completion of community engagement hours is provided by the Associate Director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Questions about the Fisher Service Scholarship Program can be addressed to the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, by phone, 585-385-8050.

Fisher Sponsored Transportation to Civic Engagement Sites

Scholars are ultimately responsible for finding their own transportation to off-campus programs/civic engagement sites.  Nevertheless, subject to availability, budgeting limits and other transportation demands,  St. John Fisher University will endeavor to provide transportation to off-campus programs for Scholars who live on campus.  Fisher has no liability for any transportation method used by any student, other than transportation on official Fisher vehicles.  Please plan accordingly.

Service Scholarship Program

For More Information

(585) 385-8064