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Tuesday, November 07, 2017 1:00 am

USF grant will award selfless students

Scholarship to be based on service

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The University of Saint Francis is ready to pay it forward with a scholarship rewarding students for their good deeds.

The school announced Monday it is accepting applications through Jan. 1 for a new scholarship available to incoming undergraduate students at the Fort Wayne and Crown Point locations who exhibit a commitment to service and helping others.

Awards for the Pay It Forward scholarship range from $2,000 to full tuition. The scholarship is renewable, and there are no unique limitations to the renewal other than full-time status.

Saint Francis believes it is the only university nationwide offering service-based scholarships without limiting the number of awards or applying economic thresholds or ethnic origin requirements, according to a news release.

President Sister M. Elise Kriss noted the university has a tradition of producing graduates with “a deep sense of community” and a dedication to service.

Students annually complete 25,000 hours of service through various community projects and campus initiatives, according to the release.

“The Pay It Forward scholarship has a direct connection to our Franciscan values,” Kriss said in a statement. “Rewarding applicants who are already living that value is the way we desire to pay it forward as a university.”

The university is hopeful it gets lots of applications, said Trois Hart, associate vice president of marketing.

“We want to give away as many awards as possible,” she said.

Students may apply at Instructions indicate they must write an essay explaining how they help others, and they shouldn't worry about length or word count.

“We want people to write from the heart,” Hart said.

Recipients will be announced in February. Two students will receive half tuition and fees, and one will receive full tuition and fees.

The scholarship has the potential of leading to more good work among high school students, Hart said.

“We hope that it promotes further service,” she said.