Service Scholars

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The Service Scholar Program is designed to promote civic responsibility as an integral part of a liberal arts education at Florida State University and to recognize students with an outstanding record of service and leadership. Admission to the program is reserved for first-year students who have demonstrated excellence in service and leadership in planning and promoting community involvement among their peers.

The Service Scholar Program is a four-year, comprehensive, co-curricular program. Service Scholars will complete a minimum of 75 service hours per semester (45 hours for first-semester first-year students), participate in individual and group service projects, attend regular meetings, engage in coursework tailored to each year in the program, and promote community participation among their peers. The program includes an annual $3,000 scholarship, which is automatically renewed each year, provided requirements are met.

Service Scholars will be affiliated with the Center for Leadership & Social Change, and will participate in activities and events in the center. It is expected that Service Scholars will develop as effective leaders and exemplary citizens.

  • It is a four-year program (as a maximum of eight semesters of scholarship funds are available).
  • Service Scholars participate in 75 hours of community service each semester (45 hours for the first semester of one's first year).
  • Service Scholars must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Service Scholars attend monthly meetings called Evenings to engage in thoughtful conversation around civic engagement topics.
  • Service Scholars enroll in a service-focused course each semester to help connect out-of-class experiences to in-class learning and development.
  • First-year students are assigned a peer mentor.
  • The Service Scholar Program is a second family — a supportive community of service-minded student leaders.

Application Information

High school graduating seniors with a distinguished record of community involvement and a strong desire to continue to learn through service are encouraged to apply. Competitive candidates have community involvement beyond the normal requirements for high school graduation or Florida Bright Futures scholarships, both in quantity and depth of service. A commitment that exhibits initiative and leadership will be given greater consideration.

Applications will open on Nov. 3. Complete applications, which include two recommendation forms, must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of their status in early April.


Connect with current scholars

Have questions about what it's like to be a Service Scholar? Do you wonder about managing the program requirements with other campus involvement? Service Scholars are here for you. Join us for a Twitter chat on Monday, Feb. 12, from 6-8 p.m. Use #FSUSS and follow @thecenterfsu to learn more. 

Scholarship Information

Scholarships for the program are provided by Florida State University as well as generous private supporters. The launching of the Service Scholar Program was made possible in 1996 with the financial support of Kathy Villacorta and Tommy Warren along with Howell Ferguson.

Our current scholarship endowments include:

Martha McIntosh Service Scholarship Fund

Evelyn Haywood Speed Endowed Scholarship Fund

Edney Family Service Scholarship Fund

Bank of America Scholarship Fund


For more information on the Service Scholar Program, please contact us at

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