Giving back to the community is a main component of the Eisenhart Scholarship program at York College

Eisenhart Community Scholars

Students driven by a desire to serve the community

Funded by a generous gift to York College of Pennsylvania, the Eisenhart Community Scholars Program awards up to five $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year) to motivated, energetic students IN ANY MAJOR who have demonstrated:

  • A commitment to the common good and to their community;
  • The ability to work in teams as well as independently toward those aims;
  • A desire to engage in co-curricular community service/learning activities;
  • The leadership experience to manage students in service projects and initiatives;
  • Empathy toward diverse people and diverse situations;
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills; and
  • An interest in creating significant and sustainable change to the betterment of the York community.

The Eisenhart Scholars program supports York College’s commitment to fostering connections among the College, its students and faculty, and our community, by encouraging participants to integrate community service into their academic studies.

The program educates, prepares, and inspires students to become agents of change in their community. As an Eisenhart Scholar, you'll be mentored and provided with opportunities to develop genuine partnerships with local community agencies. You will also develop skills in management, community organizing, leadership, networking, and fundraising that will be assets in whatever profession you choose.

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Eisenhart Community Scholars

Access Unique OpportunitiesProgram Benefits

  • Gain financial support for your academic studies

    Students selected for the Eisenhart Community Scholars Program receive a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year) applied toward their tuition at York College. This financial award is made possible through the generosity of William S. Eisenhart Esq.

  • Receive guidance from community mentors

    You will have the opportunity to work closely with mentors who are leaders in community service activities, allowing you to learn community engagement from experts and build skills to enhance your future career and your work as an engaged citizen.

  • Participate in field trips and retreats

    You will be invited to participate in field trips and retreats that will enhance your work as a community and student leader. Scholars are encouraged to suggest potential sites and to assist program leadership in the planning and execution of trips.

  • Learn from faculty advisors with experience in your field

    You will meet regularly with an advisor who can help you explore various activities to enhance your leadership skills and pursue networking opportunities with local community service leaders.

  • Attend special events and seminars

    You will have the opportunity to attend events featuring guest speakers with backgrounds in service, community organizing, and leadership, and to participate in workshops and seminars focused on tools and strategies for developing community-based programming.

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  • Guidelines for Applying

    Guidelines for Applying

    The Eisenhart Community Scholars Program seeks individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to becoming servant leaders and to bettering the community. Eisenhart Scholars are innovators who bring new ideas for improving the community and who work well as part of a team. If this describes you, we invite you to apply—show us who you are and what you believe. Please consider the following guidelines:

    • Applications for incoming first-year students are due by February 1, 2023 for the 2022-23 academic year.
    • There are NO strict GPA or test score requirements. We will evaluate your application as a whole, and will consider past community work as well as your future goals, teamwork, and more. 
    • The Eisenhart Scholars team will review your application and may ask to speak with you.
    • Plan on attending Accepted Student Day so you can meet other incoming Eisenhart Scholars.
  • Program Expectations

    Program Expectations

    Each Eisenhart Scholar will:

    • Learn to be a community leader;
    • Complete Entrepreneurial Thinking First-Year Seminar;
    • Complete Rhetorical Communication course (FCO 105) with other Eisenhart Community Scholars;
    • Learn the principles of community service;
    • Engage in at least 30 hours of community service projects per semester; 
    • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and show satisfactory academic progress; 
    • Develop a service portfolio that reflects upon the impact of community-based work;
    • Meet regularly with other Eisenhart Scholars; and
    • Represent the College and the broader community with distinction and respect.

    Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of four years, and require active participation as noted above.

  • A Tribute to Bill Eisenhart

    A Tribute to William S. "Bill" Eisenhart '29 Esq.

    William S. "Bill" Eisenhart passed away in February 2014, but it is clear that the community where he lived and worked for so many years will long hold him in very high esteem. 

    He was a graduate of York Collegiate Institute (which later became York College), Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and he practiced law from 1940 until 2013. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1941–1946, separating as a First Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, Special Agent, Counterintelligence Corps, assigned to the Hanford Engineering Works (Manhattan Project).

    In a York Daily Record article, fellow attorney Bill Anstine recalled that Eisenhart was always unwavering about doing the right thing and said, "He'd be glad to share his knowledge with a younger attorney. He was not shy about imparting wisdom to others. He wanted things done right." Anstine added that Eisenhart was "very calm, polite, gracious, and knowledgeable."

    Attorney Eisenhart was just as dedicated to the welfare of the York community as he was to helping his clients. He provided a bequest and established a trust in support of York College, which funds the Eisenhart Community Scholars Program. 

    Over the years, Attorney Eisenhart was actively involved with numerous local organizations, such as the former York County Academy, York Hospital, York YMCA and York YWCA, Children's Home of York, and York County SPCA. He held many leadership positions, including former council President of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, club President of the Rotary Club of York, and President of the York County Community Foundation board. He is survived by his son, Christopher C. Eisenhart. 


    Excerpt (edited) from YC Magazine, Fall 2015 issue.


Contact Us
Eisenhart Community Scholars Program
Center for Community Engagement
Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.D.
Dean, Center for Community Engagement
Humanities Center, Room 29
Phone: 717.815.1303
Contact for appt.

Cody Miller, M.S. Ed.
Director of Service Initiatives
Campus: Humanities Center, Room 125
Downtown: Center for Community Engagement
59 E. Market St., York, PA 17401
Phone: 717.600.3812