First Year Seminar Freshmen students will participate in a First-year Seminar on the Entrepreneurial Thinking.
- This course helps prepare new students for the creative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous modes of inquiry that characterize a York College education. The First-Year Seminar is intended to create a sense of intellectual community for students and faculty, to emphasize attainment of key learning outcomes, to introduce students to college-level rigor and expectations, to encourage the academic growth of students, and to purposefully expose students to a variety of co-curricular experiences and resources available at York College.
Yearly Events. Scholars collectively make up a self-governing learning community and are expected to create and participate in campus activities based on the topic of Constitutional freedoms and/or the role of free enterprise in American society. All ACFS participants are expected to be involved in at least four events per academic year.
- The Foundation sponsors an opening event each academic year at the home of Nancy Brougher and other social events from time to time over the course of the year. Students are expected to attend these social events.
- Students will lead York College in organizing programming for Constitution Day. (To date, the ACFS students have participated in the Department of History and Political Science’s two most recently held annual Constitution Bees; always on September 17.)
- Students will be afforded a variety of lecture/speaker opportunities featuring top executive, administrative, legislative, and judicial leaders on the topic of constitutional freedoms and self-governance. (To date, the ACFS students have had the opportunity to witness, meet, and talk with Senator Pat Toomey, PA State Senator Scott Wagner, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer, and former presidential candidate Ben Carson.
- Students will sponsor and lead a panel/forum discussion or book review on a topic related to Constitutional freedoms, free enterprise, entrepreneurship or self-governance. (Moving forward, history and political science faculty will work with various departmental student groups and the ACFS students to develop programming for Constitution Day that takes advantage of the intellectual capital of the College and deepens the intellectual nature of the annual Constitution Day event.)
- Students will participate in a service-learning event, as designed or agreed upon by ACFS students as a whole. (For the past three years, the ACFS students have participated in York’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s as their community service activity.)
Capstone Experience for Seniors
- Each student will prepare a capstone to his/her York College education as part of the ACFS scholarship. This capstone may consist of a paper outlining recent Constitutional scholarship, or the creation and execution of a community-based activity, or some other activity approved by the Program Advisor. (This provision applies only to those recipients who entered York College in the fall of 2015 and thereafter. The first group of Seniors to prepare the capstone will be the class of 2019.)
- Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00 is required to renew the scholarship each year. One-half of the scholarship will be awarded annually to those maintaining a grade point average of 2.75 to 2.99
- Eligible students are first-time, full-time students who will reside in campus housing
- Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents to qualify
- Students under disciplinary suspension lose future merit scholarship eligibility
- All information is subject to changes in the federal/state regulations and York College policy
- Eligible students may receive only one academic achievement scholarship
Please note: Finalists accepted for inclusion in the selection process will be invited to the York College campus in mid-March. At that time, candidates will meet with the members of the American Constitutional Freedom Scholarship Committee and write a 500-750 word essay referencing the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, on the following topic: American Freedom/Free Enterprise. Candidates will additionally participate in group discussions with other finalists and the Selection Committee. The Committee will review the essays and participation in the discussions and selected award recipients will be notified accordingly within two weeks of the competition.