Gilder Lehrman Scholarship in American History at St. John Fisher College, in partnership with the Rochester Historical Society

The Gilder Lehrman Institute, St. John Fisher College, and the Rochester Historical Society are pleased to offer the Gilder Lehrman Scholarship in American History at St. John Fisher College, in partnership with the Rochester Historical Society. Each year, St. John Fisher College will provide one scholarship at $5,000 per year for four years (assuming continued eligibility). The Gilder Lehrman Scholarship in American History at St. John Fisher College will challenge students to unravel complex, often conflicting interpretations of history while making judgments regarding the human and moral implications of actions, events, and ideas, enhanced through hands-on access to the archives and resources held by “Rochester’s Story Keeper,” the Rochester Historical Society (RHS).

Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to individualize their undergraduate experience by engaging in internships or independent studies through which they will work closely with a faculty mentor on work that could include:

  • Research informed by RHS artifacts, resulting in internal and external presentations and recognized scholarship.
  • Participation in the regional work to retell and deepen the understanding of history, incorporating how race, class, and inequities have shaped Monroe County history.
  • Working with K-12 school districts locally, engaging students in new ways of learning about Monroe County history through access to archives and other hands-on experiences.

About St. John Fisher College

As an independent institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education, St. John Fisher College emphasizes the liberal arts, offering programs in traditional academic disciplines as well as more directly career-oriented fields.

The College is composed of five schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Business; the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education; the Wegmans School of Nursing; and the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Each school is accredited by regional, national, and/or international accrediting bodies. Learn more about accreditation.

Fisher offers undergraduate majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education, and nursing, as well as several pre-professional programs. The College also offers a variety of master's and doctoral programs; a fully online program and several online courses are part of the curriculum mix as well.


St. John Fisher College will seek candidates who have an interest in pursuing studies in History. Priority will also be given to candidates who are drawn from within the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and then New York State generally. Students will be required to maintain a 2.5 GPA each year of participation in the program. All other standard college admission requirements apply.

How to Apply

Students will be selected for the scholarship by St. John Fisher College’s Office of Student Financial Services in cooperation with the History Department and the Admissions Office based on the criteria established. Students with interest in the scholarship can reach out to Student Financial Services, specifically Marie Fico, Director of Student Financial Services, at 585-385-8324 or