November 6, 2017

The University of Saint Francis and WANE-TV Channel 15 have announced a new scholarship available to incoming students who exhibit a commitment to service and helping others. Pay It Forward is a renewable scholarship that ranges from $2,000 to full tuition. First-time and transfer students seeking their first undergraduate degree at the Fort Wayne and Crown Point locations are eligible. Three recipients will be chosen for larger awards, with two students awarded half tuition and fees, and one student to receive full tuition and fees. Scholarship recipients will be announced by WANE-TV in February 2018.

The Pay it Forward scholarship is unique in that USF is the only university in the country that is offering service-based scholarships without limiting the number of awards, or applying economic thresholds or ethnic origin requirements, as evidenced by the university’s primary research into university-sponsored service scholarships.

To be considered for a Pay It Forward scholarship, applicants must write a compelling essay explaining how they help others. The deadline to apply for the service scholarship is January 1, 2018.

Greenfield Central High School senior Amber Root from Indianapolis, Indiana, offers her perspective on the Pay It Forward scholarship opportunity: “Catholic or not, it (the scholarship) would be good for everyone who wants to help others.” Root, who has volunteered at her church and Indianapolis’s Riley Children’s Hospital, plans to apply for the Pay It Forward scholarship.

“The University of Saint Francis has a long tradition of producing graduates with a deep sense of community and a dedication to serving others,” said President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “The Pay It Forward scholarship has a direct connection to our Franciscan values. Rewarding applicants who are already living that value is the way we desire to pay it forward as a university.” USF students complete a total of 25,000 hours of service each year through various community projects and campus initiatives.

More information about the University of Saint Francis Pay It Forward scholarship can be found at
Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.