Francis Scholar Application

Francis Scholar Program

The Francis Scholar program honors incoming freshman that have shown an aptitude for public service through volunteerism. Francis Scholars commit to completing 60 volunteer hours per semester and receive a $500 scholarship for each semester they participate. Francis Scholars may also choose to use their Francis Scholar placement as their work study placement, if they are eligible for work study. Please review the specific requirements of the Francis Scholar Program listed below.

Program Requirements

For the entering 2018 Freshman Class of Service Scholars the general program requirements are as follows:

  • All applications are due by April 15.
  • Students accepted to the program will be notified by April 25.
  • Students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher to be accepted into the program.
  • Francis Scholars must complete no less than 60 service hours per semester. Francis Scholars may earn their required service hours by participating in on-campus, off-campus, and independently chosen service projects that serve vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include the elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, and people experiencing hunger and homelessness. Students may also earn hours through participating projects where they engage in in ecological restoration and animal welfare. Planning sessions, meetings, and trainings may count for no more than 10 of the 60 hours.
  • Francis Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue enrollment in the program.
  • Francis Scholars must attend no less than two Francis Center service events as part of their total hours per semester.

There are three specific events that First Year Francis Scholars must attend. Attendance at these three events is mandatory and supersedes all other activities including athletics, university clubs, and events.

  • All Francis Scholars must attend a fall and spring semester orientation. This meeting is typically the night before classes start from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
  • First Year Francis Scholars must attend a Labor Day Weekend retreat.
  • All Francis Scholars must participate every year in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, which takes place in mid-January.

Additionally all Francis Scholars must attend at least one Alternative Break Trip during their freshman or sophomore year. Past trips have include Give Kids the World in Orlando, Florida; overseas mission trips through the Village Church to Guatemala; Hunger Relief service trips to Washington, DC; and a Habitat for Humanity trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Students work together to choose the location and plan the trips around a service theme. Scholarships are available to cover trip fees for students with financial need.


Please complete the application below:


Personal Statement

Please provide a personal statement (500 word minimum) and address the following topics/questions. The personal statement is required and you must comment on each of the topics below.

  • Tell us about your personal history and your future goals.
  • Why are you interested in the Francis Scholar program? What is it that attracts you to the mission of the program?
  • What social justice issues are you most passionate about?
    • What draws you to these issues?
    • Do these issues relate in any way to your intended academic course of study?
    • Do you currently work with agencies that relate to these issues areas?
  • Please describe your past experience and history with community service, volunteerism, or activism?
  • Using a specific example from your high school career, please explain how you manage your time and whether or not you are able to balance multiple responsibilities and commitments.