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USF Announces First-of-a-Kind 'Pay It Forward' Scholarship
Indiana Ag Connection - 11/09/2017

The University of Saint Francis has announced a new scholarship available to incoming students who exhibit a commitment to service and helping others. Pay It Forward is a renewable scholarship that ranges from $2,000 to full tuition. First-time and transfer students seeking their first undergraduate degree at the Fort Wayne and Crown Point locations are eligible. Three recipients will be chosen for larger awards, with two students awarded half tuition and fees, and one student to receive full tuition and fees. Scholarship recipients will be announced in February 2018.

The Pay it Forward scholarship is unique in that USF is the only university in the country that is offering service-based scholarships without limiting the number of awards, or applying economic thresholds or ethnic origin requirements, as evidenced by the university's primary research into university-sponsored service scholarships.

To be considered for a Pay It Forward scholarship, applicants must write a compelling essay explaining how they help others. The deadline to apply for the service scholarship is January 1, 2018.

Greenfield Central High School senior Amber Root from Indianapolis, Indiana, offers her perspective on the Pay It Forward scholarship opportunity: "Catholic or not, it (the scholarship) would be good for everyone who wants to help others." Root, who has volunteered at her church and Indianapolis's Riley Children's Hospital, plans to apply for the Pay It Forward scholarship.

"The University of Saint Francis has a long tradition of producing graduates with a deep sense of community and a dedication to serving others," said President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. "The Pay It Forward scholarship has a direct connection to our Franciscan values. Rewarding applicants who are already living that value is the way we desire to pay it forward as a university." USF students complete a total of 25,000 hours of service each year through various community projects and campus initiatives.

More information about the University of Saint Francis Pay It Forward scholarship can be found at More about USF can be found at

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