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  • Fred Rogers Scholars Program

    Applications being accepted for Fred Rogers Scholars, a four-year program offering $2,500 in additional scholarships per year.

    Scholars and Faculty 2015-16In order to engage students about children’s media and early childhood learning and leverage the resources of the Fred Rogers Center and the academic programs of Saint Vincent College, the Fred Rogers Scholars (FRS) Program was created in 2011. The purpose of the FRS Program is to educate and inspire those students interested in pursuing careers involving children, early learning and media for young children. The inaugural four-year program was launched in the fall of 2012 to include incoming freshmen as new scholars. Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are now being accepted. The 2015-2016 class of scholars (pictured with Dr. Jessica Harvey, left, and Dr. Melissa Cook, right) includes:

    Carly Rimel – Spanish Education
    Sydney Schoff – Communication
    Michaela Yonto – Psychology
    Kyle Ward – Psychology

    In addition to the merit scholarships received by incoming freshmen, students selected as Fred Rogers Scholars will each receive an additional $2,500 scholarship to be applied to their tuition in each year. The FRS Program will provide student participants with an understanding of challenges and opportunities related to early learning and children’s media; introduce participants to academics and professionals in related fields; and guide students through the development of a research project. Students will travel to local and national centers of research and media outlets. Scholarships will be renewed annually, based on students maintaining high academic standards and actively participating in the program.

    Fred Rogers Center

    Staying true to the vision of Fred Rogers, the mission of the Fred Rogers Center is to help children become confident, competent and caring. The Center’s work carries forward three themes that were central to Fred’s life and career — growing on the inside, learning through relationships and giving meaning to technology.

    Fred M. Rogers Center LogoThe Rogers Center enriches the development of current and emerging leaders in the fields of early learning and children’s media by supporting the professional advancement and mentoring of the next generations of Fred Rogers through the Early Career Fellows program; educational opportunities for undergraduate Fred Rogers Scholars; research and special collaborations by Rogers Center Senior Fellows; and resources and information on the developmentally appropriate use of media.

    Established in 2003 to carry forward Fred Rogers’ important legacy, the Center is the official home of the Fred Rogers Archive as well as a straightforward, understanding and compassionate voice for the healthy social and emotional development of children birth to age 8. As an advocate for the positive potential of technology to support children, families, educators and caregivers, the Rogers Center enjoys many collaborative relationships with educational institutions, research centers and community organizations. For more information about the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, please visit www.fredrogerscenter.org.