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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

2019-2020 RIT Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships Eligibility Amount
RIT Presidential Scholarships Awarded to a select number of entering freshmen. Recipients demonstrate exceptional academic performance; receive exemplary letters of recommendation as well as strong entrance exam scores. $14,000 to $20,000 per year. Renewable.
RIT Founders Scholarships Named to recognize the founders of RIT and its forerunners, Founders Scholarships are awarded to admitted freshmen who are outstanding academically, are active and involved in their schools or community, or demonstrate special talents or abilities. Consideration may also be given to outstanding leadership, service, entrepreneurship, citizenship, or creativity. Portfolio evaluations or other evidence of creative excellence will also be considered for applicants to art, crafts, design, film, and photography programs. $8,000 to $12,000 per year. Renewable.
RIT Founders Scholarships for International Students The Founders Scholarship for International Students is awarded to highly qualified admitted international students. Amounts vary; based on merit. Amount varies based on merit. Renewable.
RIT Recognition Scholarship Provided to a select number of students who demonstrate meritorious academics, community involvement, leadership, or other characteristics that the university deems of value. Minimum award is $1,000. Renewable.

In addition to the award criteria listed above, the following merit-based scholarships have specific selection criteria and/or application procedures.

Merit-Based Scholarships Eligibility Amount Additional Information
RIT National Merit Scholarship/RIT NMSC Recognition Award Awarded to admitted freshmen who are National Merit Scholar finalists and name RIT as their 1st choice school for NMSC. $1,000 or $2,000 per year depending on need. Renewable as long as student meets NMSC guidelines. RIT will receive finalist rosters from NMSC. Combination of the two awards equals $2,000. Recipients of these awards automatically qualify for our highest Presidential Scholarship ($20,000).
RIT National Hispanic Scholar Award Awarded to admitted freshmen who are recognized by the College Board as National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. $2,000 per year. Renewable RIT will receive an official roster from the College Board NHRS program.
RIT National Co-op Scholarships Awarded to outstanding admitted freshman students who, through their essay, reflect a clear enthusiasm for experiential learning. $8,000 per year. Renewable. Up to 10 awarded each year. Submit scholarship application online at: www.waceinc.org.
RIT/FIRST Robotics Scholarships Awarded to outstanding admitted freshman applicants who have participated on a high school FIRST team. $8,000 per year. Renewable. Up to 20 awarded each year. Download scholarship application at: www.usfirst.org.
RIT Project Lead The Way Scholarships Awarded to outstanding admitted freshmen who have completed two or more PLTW courses. $8,000 per year. Renewable. Up to 20 awarded each year. Submit a letter of recommendation from a PLTW teacher along with RIT admission application and school transcripts by January 15.
RIT Hillside Scholarships Awarded to admitted freshman students to recognize outstanding graduates of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program. Recipients are identified based on involvement in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program. $12,000 per year. Renewable.
RIT Computing Medal Scholarships Award recipients nominated by their high schools who are admitted and enroll at RIT in the fall immediately following graduation from high school. $8,000 per year. Renewable. Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.
RIT Innovation & Creativity Award Scholarships Award recipients nominated by their high schools who are admitted and enroll at RIT in the fall immediately following graduation from high school. $8,000 per year. Renewable. Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.
ROTC Scholarships Students enrolling in ROTC who are academically qualified. Amounts vary. Air Force: 585-475-5197
Army: 585-475-2881
Navy: 585-275-4275
RIT ROTC Room and Board Scholarships Awarded to Army, Air Force, or Navy ROTC cadets awarded three- or four-year scholarships prior to enrollment. Up to the amount of a standard room and board plan, minus other financial aid and benefits. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Veterans Benefits (GI Bill, Vocational Rehab., Yellow Ribbon) Eligibility depends on veteran benefit being sought. Can cover up to full cost of attendance depending on program and other aid sources. Visit our Military & Veterans website: www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/veterans1.php or contact the Veterans and Military Services Office at 585-475-6641.

Notes:
• This chart covers the most commonly awarded financial aid programs available to full-time undergraduate students at RIT. Information is correct as of 6/18.
• Most programs require satisfactory progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility (see RIT Undergraduate Bulletin).
• Federal student aid programs are subject to government appropriations.
• Filing the FAFSA by the priority filing date will ensure priority consideration for all programs. Applications filed after this date will receive consideration as long as funds remain available.
• Scholarships provided by RIT will be prorated for NTID-sponsored students to reflect lower NTID tuition rates. Please see NTID version of this publication if you are a deaf or hard-of-hearing applicant.