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  • James F. Smith, S.J., Collegiate Scholars Program

    James F. Smith, S.J., Collegiate Scholars Program

    The Smith Collegiate Scholars Program is a bold initiative launched in the fall of 2015 by Le Moyne College, flowing from the Jesuit commitment to do the greatest good where there is the greatest need. The program offers financial, personal and academic support to students who show evidence of great promise, but who have limited financial resources. It is adapted from the very successful Cristo Rey high school model, which started in Chicago in 1996 and has expanded to 32 schools in 21 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 10,700 students and 11,500 graduates. The Smith Program provides young men and women with the resources to develop talents through which they will make significant contributions to Central New York and to society in general.

    Who are our scholars?

    Smith Collegiate Scholars are chosen among high school students who demonstrate the potential to profit from a Jesuit college education, but who cannot afford the cost. A total of 11 students have already begun the Cristo Rey Program, and are working for organizations such as Sodexo; Bond, Schoeneck and King; the Montessori School of Syracuse; Oneida Air; and Barnes and Noble. The education of these young scholars contributes to the quality of life both for the students and the Central New York community at large.

    “ The Smith Collegiate Scholars program is an innovative application of Le Moyne’s Jesuit mission. It offers a quality education, mentorship, financial support and community engagement where the need is greatest. It is
    Le Moyne at its best.”

    Donald Maldari, S.J.
    director of the Smith Collegiate Scholars Program and associate professor of theology

    What the Scholarship Provides

    The Smith Program Scholarship provides academic, financial and personal support for Smith Collegiate Scholars to ensure that they have every opportunity to succeed. They are assigned an academic advisor in their major, a Smith Program advisor for personal and academic support, and an internship supervisor who acts as the liaison between their internship and the College. The scholarship also ensures that each student has the financial resources to succeed, including two-thirds of the cost of their tuition, room and board, and books. Since Smith Collegiate Scholars normally do not take on a job other than their internship, they are also eligible for a stipend, depending upon their financial need.

    How Corporations Participate in the Program

    Le Moyne College partners with businesses and corporations to make an important investment in their organization, in the life of a student, and in Central New York. Here is how it works: Smith Collegiate Program sponsors agree to mentor a student and to fund one-third of the cost of his or her education at Le Moyne. In return, the scholar will work for the organization as an intern for 10 (in the first year) to 20 hours per week. It is truly mutually beneficial. Our students gain outstanding professional experience. Their sponsors are able to add another outstanding communicator, collaborator and critical thinker to their team. The remaining two-thirds of the cost are divided equally between the College and the student, making it a partnership in which everyone has a stake.