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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.

    Five SVC Freshmen Named Fred Rogers ScholarsIn 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 2014-15 academic year are now being accepted. The current class of scholars (pictured with Dr. Melissa Cook) is as follows:

    Alaina D'Aloiso  - Early Childhood Education
    Adam Burgh - History Education 
    Katrina (Katie) Nemchik  - Computing and Information Science
    Maura Snyder - Psychology
    Hailey Umbaugh - Biochemistry

    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, and emulating the guiding principles of his life’s work, the mission of the Fred Rogers Center is to advance the fields of early learning and children’s media by acting as a catalyst for communication, collaboration, and creative change.

    Fred M. Rogers Center LogoMore than 50 years ago, Fred Rogers was the first to recognize the immense potential of television for nurturing and educating young children. In 2000, he began to lay the groundwork for helping current and future generations to reap these same benefits from children’s media. Collaborating with leaders from Saint Vincent College and a team of nationally recognized advisors, Fred Rogers began developing his vision for an international center that would bring together the brightest thinkers and practitioners in early learning, early childhood development, and children’s media. In September 2003, the Fred Rogers Center was established at Saint Vincent College. As a national and international resource for addressing emerging issues affecting children from birth to age 5, the Center continues Fred’s commitment to building bridges between early learning and children’s media. The work of the Fred Rogers Center resonates with Fred’s own belief in the positive potential of television and new media for supporting the healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children. Saint Vincent College houses the Fred Rogers Archives and the Fred Rogers Exhibit. For more information about the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, please visit www.fredrogerscenter.org