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Impact York

York College of Pennsylvania has a strong tradition of promoting service and leadership, as expressed in the College motto, servire est vivere (to serve is to live). The Impact York program supports and extends the positive impact our students have on the local community and enhances their college education by offering them opportunities to learn through servant leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Part of the broader Changemakers experience, Impact York engages students in community-based and project-based learning—two marks of distinction of a York College education. Through a guided set of experiences, Impact York team members learn to address the needs of a community—including both the campus and the wider York community—by participating in leadership training, developing innovation skills, and applying knowledge from their area of study to address real-world needs. From day one, the program provides participants with the opportunity to make a significant impact on the community in which they live—not only as students but also as citizens.

The application period for this scholarship ends March 15, 2024.

Impact York Team at Keystone Kidspace
Impact York team at Keystone Kidspace

Access Unique OpportunitiesProgram Benefits

  • Gain financial support for your academic studies

    Beginning in fall 2023, students accepted into the Impact York program receive an annual award of $1,500 for each academic year they participate in the program (up to 4 academic years as an undergraduate, full-time student). 

  • Collaborate on impactful projects

    Each year, you will have the opportunity to work with College faculty and administrators, local organizations, and your peers in the Changemakers community to plan and execute team-based community impact projects.

  • Engage in educational opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to learn new skills, including leadership and teamwork, that will be valuable in any future profession.

  • Experience unique hands-on learning opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to participate in local service projects, event planning, and collaborations with community leaders/potential employers.

  • Expand your network

    You will have the opportunity to work with campus and community leaders, expanding your network in ways that will enhance your career prospects after graduation.

  • Receive guidance from a mentor

    You will have access to knowledgeable, caring mentors who can help you make connections in the community and develop your projects.

Learn MoreProgram Details

  • Eligibility


    To be eligible for Impact York, you must:

    • Enroll at YCP starting in the fall of the same calendar year that you graduate from high school.
    • Enroll at YCP as a full-time undergraduate student.
    • Attend York College as a first-time student.
    • Live on campus at York College.
  • Guidelines for Applying

    Guidelines for Applying

    In order to be considered for the Impact York program:

  • Expectations


    The Impact York scholarship is awarded for a maximum of four years (8 semesters). To continue to receive the Impact York award each year, you must...

    • Live on campus.
    • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and show satisfactory academic progress.
    • Complete the Be the Change First-Year Seminar during the fall semester of your first year.
    • Contribute 20 or more hours of volunteer engagement each year (approximately 10/semester) through the Spartan Volunteer Network.
    • Actively participate in the Impact York program and the Changemakers Community.
    • Remain in good standing as a YCP student.
    • Complete all forms and documents required by York College for Changemaker program students, including standard clearances and a consent & release form.
Contact Us
Impact York Program
Center for Community Engagement
Cody Miller, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Humanities Center, 125
Phone: 717.600.3812