College of St. Joseph is proud to announce that Provider Scholars have passed the 1,000 service hour mark for the fall semester, including work to help the efforts of many area organizations.

The 74 students in the program were recognized recently in Tuttle Hall on the CSJ campus with representatives from Dismas House, Vermont Achievement Center, Rutland Community Cupboard, and Everybody Wins on hand to talk about the positive impact the students’ volunteer work has had on their organizations and the community at large.

“Never underestimate the difference you are making every day,” said Mark Gagnon, associate dean of student services. “This is the opportunity to be empowered to make a difference.”

The Provider Scholarship Program is available to all full-time undergraduate students. It is designed to address the educational and financial needs of our students. Provider Scholars must maintain good academic standing, attend career workshops, participate in a meaningful way in a campus activity and complete 15 hours of community service each semester. The program locks in the cost of tuition, room and board for four years and offers more than $60,000 in scholarship aid. Under this model, the cost of college decreases each year. Learn more about the Provider Scholarship Program at csj.edu/provider.

“College of St. Joseph is proud to partner our students in the Provider Scholarship Program with dedicated organizations in the community to collectively work to address social and systemic needs,” said Meggan Lloyd, community engagement coordinator. “CSJ students have had, and will continue to have, a measurable, significant impact upon the community, as the 1,000 hours already logged demonstrates.”

Tricia Huebner, an Everybody Wins Vermont on-site school coordinator for Rutland Intermediate School, praised CSJ students’ efforts in helping her organization.

“I want to thank you all for really giving back to Rutland,” Huebner said.

Geraldine Burke from Dismas House, which offers residential support for former inmates, said students volunteered time to help out with a phonathon.

“It’s important for (our) residents to know the outside community supports them. Thank you again for your help,” Burke said.

CSJ President Rich Lloyd praised students for the difference they have made on campus and in the community.

“We tell our Provider students that one hour each week dedicated to someone else can help change the world. We are underway,” Lloyd said.