Service Scholars

Service Scholar Program

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 closed on Feb. 17 and are currently being reviewed. The review process involves multiple stages, culminating in selection decisions in late April. Applicants are encouraged to stay attentive to their email for changes in their application status.

Third-year Service Scholar Opportunity 

Students that have successfully transferred Florida State University and current students in good academic standing with a distinguished record of community involvement now have an opportunity to enter the Service Scholar Program as rising juniors.

Competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate a history of community involvement that meets or exceeds 150 service hours.

Applications will open each spring if positions become available. Third-year Service Scholar opportunities will not be offered during the spring of 2020.

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


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