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Fred Rogers Scholars Program

Fred Rogers Scholars Program

  • Special Program

The Fred Rogers Scholars Program educates and inspires students interested in pursuing careers or graduate work in service of children, youth, and/or families in alignment with the mission of the Fred Rogers Institute. Coordinated by faculty and staff at the Fred Rogers Institute, Fred Rogers Scholars students will study from the Fred Rogers Archive and contribute to Institute-driven initiatives in the local community. 

In addition to Saint Vincent College's merit-based scholarships, each Fred Rogers Scholar receives an additional $2,500 per year and a myriad of opportunities to engage with scholars, professionals, and leaders within child and youth development, music, children’s health, and more. 

The 2022-23 Fred Rogers Scholars include (pictured below):

Courtney Rodick (‘22), Elise Debrot (‘23), Myrissa Donaldson (‘23), Makenzee Knott (‘23), Andrew Kunz (‘23), Luke Mich (‘23), Tom Sanchez (‘23), Julia Sarnowski (‘23), Rachel Andreola (‘24), Lauren Brennan (‘24), Liz Del Signore (‘24), Keely Hagofsky (‘24), Andrew Root (‘24), Joseph Sarraino (‘24), Abby Skundrich (‘24), Gina Beneccio (‘25), Lindsey Benjamin (‘25), Erin Brody (‘25), Will Fiejdasz (‘25), Olivia Matha (‘25), Chloe Fontanazza (‘26), Jakob Krumenaker (‘26), Colin Spehar (‘26), Kayleigh Thompson (‘26)


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

Program Highlights

  • About Fred Rogers Scholars Program

    Fred Rogers Scholars Program
    Students from any major are encouraged to apply –you do not need to plan to pursue a child-focused career. The Fred Rogers Scholars Program encourages interdisciplinary work toward the continued advancement of the legacy and philosophy of Fred Rogers. Students have found meaning in engaging with Fred Rogers’ philosophy on music, human development, medicine, business marketing, and other fields. The possibilities are endless!

    Opportunities for Students
    Coordinated by faculty and staff at the Fred Rogers Institute, FRS students will study within the Fred Rogers Archive and contribute to Institute-driven initiatives that support children’s helpers around the world. FRS students will have opportunities to engage with scholars, professionals, and leaders within child and youth development, children’s media, music, children’s health, and more.

    Program Expectations
    FRS students are expected to work collaboratively to understand and extend the philosophy of Fred Rogers through research and service to others. Students should be interested in advancing Fred’s legacy by helping the helpers and investing in the strengths of families and caring adults to support the healthy development of children. 

Admissions Information

  • How to Apply

    Qualified Applicants
    High 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
    Click HERE to open the Honors Community application. Be sure to indicate that you are applying for the Fred Rogers Scholars Program, and complete the required sections of the application.

    For more information on the Fred Rogers Scholars Program, please contact: Sarah Goehring, Director of Programs of the Fred Rogers Institute 724-805-2750

Previous Scholars

  • Previous Scholars

    Sydney Ball, Biology
    Cory Holland, Early Childhood Education
    Elizabeth (Lilly) McCormick, Communication
    Gwendolyn Murray, Psychology/Sociology

    Melissa Koshute, Marketing
    Casey Kalp, Biology
    Marisa Maicke, Early Childhood Education
    Sarah O’Callaghan, Early Childhood Education
    Faith Brake, Psychology

    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 Science
    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 Institute


Staying true to the vision of Fred Rogers, the mission of the Fred Rogers Institute is to help children become confident, competent and caring. The Institute’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. The Rogers Institute 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 Institute Senior Fellows; and resources and information on the developmentally appropriate use of media.

Established in 2003 to carry forward Fred Rogers’ important legacy, the Institute 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 Institute enjoys many collaborative relationships with educational institutions, research centers and community organizations. For more information about the Fred Rogers Institute at Saint Vincent College, please visit