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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

2017-2018 RIT Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
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. $10,000 to $16,000 per year. Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 15 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection.
National Merit and National Hispanic Scholarships Semifinalists or finalists in either of these national scholarship programs. Combined RIT Presidential and RIT Merit Scholarships totaling $18,000 or more per year. Renewable. High school records provided for admission must indicate student’s semifinalist or finalist selection.
RIT Achievement Scholarships Awarded to admitted freshmen who have excelled 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. $7,000 to $10,000 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 15 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection.
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. $7,000 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration. Apply for admission to RIT by November 15 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision).
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. $7,000 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration. Apply for admission to RIT by November 15 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision).
RIT National Co-op Scholarships Awarded to outstanding admitted freshman students who, through their essay, reflect a clear enthusiasm for experiential learning. $6,000 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. 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. $7,000 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. 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. $7,000 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. 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. $10,000 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Must apply for admission to RIT by January 15 to be considered.
RIT Trustee Scholarships for Transfer Students Transfer applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (computed by RIT) or higher at the time of admission. Students must complete an associate’s degree or the equivalent of 60 semester hours before enrolling at RIT. Up to $10,000 per year. May be combined with Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Renewable. Submit all required admissions application documents by: March 1 for summer or fall entry; by November 1 for spring entry. 
RIT Achievement Scholarships for Transfer Students Transfer applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (computed by RIT) or higher at the time of admission. Students must complete the equivalent of 30 semester hours before enrolling at RIT. $7,000 to $8,500 per year. May be combined with Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Renewable. Submit all required admissions application documents by: March 1 for summer or fall entry; by November 1 for spring entry. 
RIT Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships for Transfer Students Awarded to transfer students with an associate’s degree elected to Phi Theta Kappa honor society. $2,000 per year. May be combined with RIT Trustee or RITAchievement Scholarships. Renewable. Submit all required admissions application documents by March 1 for summer or fall entry; by November 1 for spring entry.
RIT Nathaniel Rochester Society (NRS) Scholarships Full-time undergraduate students who have achieved 2nd year standing at RIT with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Winners selected by NRS Scholarship Committee. Maximum awarded is $2,000 for four semesters of academic study (applied toward tuition charges). Awarded in addition to other financial aid and scholarships. Download scholarship application at: www.rit.edu/nrs. File scholarship application in March.
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 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.

Notes:
• This chart covers the most commonly awarded financial aid programs available to full-time undergraduate students at RIT. Information is correct as of 7/16.
• Most programs require satisfactory progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility (see RIT Undergraduate Bulletin).
• 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.