Fred Rogers Scholars Program

scholars-and-faculty2015-16The Fred Rogers Scholars (FRS) Program was created in 2011 to engage Saint Vincent College students in the life and legacy of Fred Rogers. The purpose of the FRS Program is to educate and inspire students interested in pursuing careers or graduate work to help young children become confident, competent and caring human beings in keeping with the mission of the Fred Rogers Center. The inaugural four-year program was launched in the fall of 2012 to include incoming freshmen as new scholars.

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 offers student participants opportunities to engage with the Fred Rogers Archive in utilizing the research available, develop community service-learning projects, complete a culminating project under the advisement of Saint Vincent College faculty and network with Early Career Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Fred Rogers Center.

Scholarships will be renewed annually, based on students maintaining high academic standards and actively participating in the program. 

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Plan of Activities for Four-Year Fred Rogers Scholars Program

In Year One of the program, students will be inducted into the Fred Rogers Scholars and receive an introduction to Fred Rogers and the Archive. During the fall and spring semesters, the students will meet weekly to discuss readings and activities, visit the Archive and engage with the FRS team of advisers. Students will work with the team of advisers to prepare and complete research on a topic of their choice, related to the work of Fred Rogers.

Year Two of the program will be dedicated to the completion of a service-learning project related to the work of Fred Rogers. During the fall semester, students will meet weekly and begin to plan their group service project, including how it relates to Fred Rogers, as well as all necessary contacts to complete project. During the spring semester, students will complete the service project.

In Year Three of the program, students will work with the FRS team of advisers to define the personal culminating project they will pursue. The projects must be related to the work of Fred Rogers and should be related to the student’s major and expected career plans. Students will identify an advisory team member to work with, and will jointly define the project goals and methods.

In Year Four of the program, students will work with their identified FRS advisory team mentor to conduct a culminating project. The project will result in a deliverable defined by the student and mentor and will include a brief presentation at the end of the spring semester.  

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How to Apply

Qualified Applicants
Yo Yo Ma Rogers ScholarsHigh school seniors, with a 3.50 QPA, applying to and/or admitted to Saint Vincent College will have various career and graduate school goals, with a strong interest in early learning and children’s media, and an interest in the work of Fred Rogers. Participation from students across all majors is strongly encouraged. A quick glance at the four year program includes:

Application process
Interested candidates should first submit an application to Saint Vincent College Admissions Department. 

Application Form
LeVar Burton and ScholarsComplete the Fred Rogers Scholars Application Form to apply to the program no later than March 15, 2016.

Questions should be directed toward
Dana Winters,
FRS Program Director, 

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Previous Scholars


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


Lauren Campbell, Biology
Joshua Centore, Bio-Chemistry
Jennifer Hasseleu, Bio-Chemistry
Noah Keys, History/Political Science
Marla Turk, Finance/Economics/Math


Adam Burgh, Education-History
Alaina D'Aloiso, Special Ed
Katrina (Katie) Nemchik, Computing and Information Sciencce 
Maura Snyder, Psychology
Hailey Umbaugh, Psychology


Julianne Bartko,  Communication
Vincent Centore, Bio-Chemistry
Lauren Harbaugh, Bio-Chemistry
Joni Mulvaney, Art Education
Helena Shoplik, Psychology

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.

frc_logo_homeThe 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