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April 2016

A Message from NRS

Your generous support of RIT students makes their professional dreams possible, and often changes their lives. Shantel Forrest, the M. Forrest & Robert S. Hurlbut Residence College Fund Scholar, knows first-hand how life-changing RIT can be, and we’re glad to have her explain to you just what it means to have been given the opportunity to study here.

Shantel plans to pursue a marketing career, with a special focus on digital marketing. Her story is one of many that shows how your gift to RIT can have a profound impact on an individual. We know that Shantel will carry that gift forward in her life after graduation.

Thank you for supporting RIT, and enjoy learning more about Shantel.

Shantel Forrest
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This is a special year for Nathaniel Rochester Society as we mark the 25th Anniversary of the NRS Scholarships. We are featuring several members of our 25th anniversary class of scholars in our NRS enews spotlights. Here are two more of the students your gifts are supporting:
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Megan Cornelius ’16
Accounting and Management Information Systems
Freeville, NY

"I am extremely grateful to have received the NRS Scholarship as it is a recognition of my hard work! Thank you to all who contribute to this scholarship for your support! It truly assists students in achieving their career goals as well as encouraging them to keep up the good work!"
Nick Giordano ’16
Nick Giordano ’16
Management Information Systems, Political Science minor
Greece, NY

"As a member of an RIT alumni family, the current RIT Student Government President and lifelong Tiger, I am proud to say that donors like you help me succeed through the NRS scholarship. This award helped me focus on my contributions to the RIT community. The leadership skills and achievements I have earned here at RIT are all thanks to those who give back to RIT through programs like the Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship."

Congratulations to RIT’s
Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars

RIT’s 2015-2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars Awards will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016. The ceremony will honor 117 students, an increase from 104 last year, for their exceptional academic achievements. Only one percent of RIT students receive this recognition in any given year. Minimum requirements for the award are completion of at least 83 credit hours of study and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.85 for all work completed at the university as of the previous spring term. Community service, employment and research activities are also considered.

“The Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars Awards reaffirm the importance of academic excellence and student achievement at RIT,” says provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, Jeremy Haefner. “The ceremony pays tribute to these undergraduates whose demonstrated devotion to excellence is an inspiration to the university community.”


NRS members are invited to attend any of the following events. Many RIT alumni events on campus and around the country are open to our valued NRS members. Visit http://www.rit.edu/alumni/events for details, or contact Lisa Ireland, Director of Donor Stewardship.

/ Computer Science House 40th Anniversary
April 15-17
Join this celebration of one of RIT’s most popular communities. Details and ticket purchase info is here.
/ Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty Third Annual Symposium: Peter Bergen; The Challenges of Statesmanship in a Global Age
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30-8:30 pm
Ingle Auditorium
/ Imagine RIT – Visit the NRS VIP Hospitality Suite
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gene Polisseni Center – Bunker Suite
Stop in for continental breakfast in the morning, and sweet treats in the afternoon. Guests of NRS members are welcome. Visit rit.edu/imagine/
/ RIT 131st Commencement
May 20 – 21
RIT welcomes our convocation speaker, France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation. Visit rit.edu/academicaffairs/commencement/
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