James F. Smith, S.J., 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. Students enroll in a credit-bearing internship, “The Theology of Vocation and Ministry.” This, together with their work at their corporate sponsors, provides these young men and women with the resources to develop themselves and their 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. Smith Collegiate Scholars are working for organizations such as:
Bond Schoeneck & King
Catholic Charities Refugee Services
MacIntosh Box and Pallet Co.
Montessori School of Syracuse
Oneida Air Systems
Key Bank, David Pote ’66 and the Le Moyne Jesuit Community are making it possible for three students to volunteer at Catholic Charities.
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
The students volunteered to serve dinner at the Rescue Mission on Feb. 11.
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, and an opportunity for academic reflection upon their work experience. 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 Scholars 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.