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Service Scholar Programs

The Francis Center coordinates and manages three service scholar programs at Pfeiffer University.  The diversity of programs allows for a wide range of student participation as each program requires varied levels of commitment and obligation.  Please contact a Francis Center staff member with questions about any of our service scholar programs.

Bonner Scholar Program - 

The Bonner Scholar Program is a national service scholarship program funded by the Bonner Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.  The scholarship serves students who have documented high financial need and a strong commitment to service.  It is designed to heighten the overall education a student recipient receives by asking students to engage in ongoing service work within the local community.  Bonner scholars are assigned to local service agencies to coordinate programs at their agencies and to recruit other Pfeiffer students to volunteer. The program includes a four year commitment of service, with building levels of responsibility and leadership.  At Pfeiffer, students commit to complete an average of ten hours of service per week over the course of eight academic semesters (four years) and at least two summer internships experiences in order to receive tuition scholarship each year. 

For more details about the Bonner Scholar program, including a program application, click here.

AmeriCorps Bonner Leader Program -

The AmeriCorps Bonner Leader Program, also sponsored by the Bonner Foundation, is designed in scope and structure like the Bonner Scholar program but is available for students who have not demonstrated a high financial need to attend Pfeiffer.  The program also includes a four year commitment of service, with building levels of responsibility and leadership.  At Pfeiffer, students commit to complete 1800 service hours over the course of four years and at least two summers in order to receive a base educational award of $4,725 with various additional award opportunities.

For more details about the AmeriCorps Bonner Leader program, including a program application, click here.

Francis Scholar Program

Identified through Honors student interviews as incoming freshmen, Francis Scholars have high academic standards (3.5 GPA; 1150 SAT).  These students have a strong history of service throughout high school in nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, and the community.  Francis Scholars are expected to engage in at least 120 hours of direct service during all four years at Pfeiffer University for a total of at least 480 hours by graduation.  Francis Scholars also engage in a group project each year and fulfill other program obligations including special projects and leadership in other service scholar programs.

For more details about the Francis Scholar program click here.

NC-ACTS! AmeriCorps Program - 

NC-ACTS! is an Americorps program of the North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC).  It is funded by a grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service to foster civic engagement on campuses, encourage collaborative relationships between campuses and their communities, and to connect individual students on NCCC Charter Member campuses to the national service movement and the state service network.  NC-ACTS! Americorps Members receive an educational award of $1,000 upon completion of 300 hours of community service over the course of one year.  Beginning in 2008-2009, the program will ONLY be open to Pfeiffer students who are student-teaching during one semester of the year or who are completing a practicum experience in the Mariage and Family Therapy Graduate program. 

For more details about the NC-ACTS! AmeriCorps program, including a program application, click here.

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