Studying at Manhattan College is about more than just academic excellence. It’s about joining a caring campus community that you’ll stay connected to long after graduation. As you go on to "the real world," you take with you the strength and support of a Lasallian community.
Lasallian Collegians is a dynamic and committed student club that meets weekly to address the needs of the campus community along with the wider Bronx neighborhood. The group develops specific programs or activities that address those concerns. They’re loved on campus for their Random Acts of Kindness days, which is when the club put together bags of candy or lollipops with a "Sponsored by Lasallian Collegians" label. It's designed as a fun, low-key way to remind students and the College community to be generous and kind toward each other. They’re also well known for their involvement in blood drives, toy drives, food runs and other volunteer programs throughout the semester.
After graduating from Manhattan College, graduates can apply to volunteer for one or two years of service throughout the U.S./Toronto region, usually in educational settings and in direct service to the poor. They live in close-knit communities of Brothers and other Lasallian Volunteers. Lasallian Volunteers change the world for the better, while experiencing deep and meaningful transformation in the process.
Tuition is waived for scholars who, as former Lasallian Volunteers, seek to earn their master's degrees at one of the six Lasallian colleges/universities: Manhattan College, St. Mary's University (Minn.), St. Mary's College (Calif.), Lasalle University, Lewis University or Christian Brothers University.
A graduate of a Lasallian high school who has shown significant leadership and service is able to apply for a $5,000 per year scholarship to assist with their tuition at Manhattan College.
Named after Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the award is part of a cooperative effort to continually improve the quality and scope of the Lasallian tradition at Manhattan College.
As an award recipient, the student will be expected to become a leader on campus who works with the Lasallian Leadership Mentor Group and other Lasallian organizations at the College. The student must demonstrate significant participation in Lasallian and community service initiatives during each semester enrolled at Manhattan College, in order to maintain the scholarship. A year-end evaluation occurs based on attendance and participation in meetings, as well as contribution and participation in the projects undertaken. The evaluation is conducted by members of the mentoring team. Should a student be found lacking by the evaluators, he/she forfeits the scholarship awarded upon admission.
What is expected of a Lasallian Leader?
- 30 hours per semester of service for the college and around the greater Bronx neighborhood
- Attend and actively participate at monthly meetings
- Perform projects each semester
- Attend day of reflection/service in January
- Develop creative ways of integrating mission with campus-life programs
- Be involved as mentors for each new class of Lasallian leaders
- Maintain a good academic and disciplinary record
- Be accepted to Manhattan College before Feb. 15
- Send a letter of recommendation from a member of the administration, faculty or staff of their Lasallian institution who can speak of their commitment to service
- Write a 250-word essay on why they think the Lasallian tradition is important in a higher-education setting
- Have an interview with the program coordinator
- Send the letter of recommendation and essay by the end of the third week of March to:
Attention: Lasallian Leaders Scholarship
4513 Manhattan College Pkwy.
Riverdale, NY 10471
The amount is ultimately determined by the College administration based on the number of applicants and the funding available. Acceptance into the program is at the discretion of the program coordinator.