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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 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.

Program overview:

  • It is a four-year program, as a maximum of eight semesters of scholarship funds are available.
  • Service Scholars contribute a minimum of 75 hours of community service a semester (45 hours for the first semester of one's first year).
  • Service Scholars must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Monthly meetings, called Evenings, engage Service Scholars in thoughtful dialogue 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. For more information about the curriculum, please visit the Curriculum Overview page.
  • First-year students are assigned a peer mentor.
  • The Service Scholar Program is a second family--a supportive community of service-minded student leaders.

Who is eligible?

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. We encourage you to visit the FSU Service Scholar Program website for more information.

Application deadline:

Complete applications, which includes two recommendation forms, must be submitted by Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 5:00 PM EST. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. We cannot accommodate any extensions.


Applicants will be notified of their status on or by Friday, March 2, 2018.


Before contacting us with your questions regarding the Service Scholar Program, we encourage you to read our FAQs which may offer more immediate assistance. If after reading through this page you still have pending questions, please contact us at

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