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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

RIT Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
RIT Presidential Scholarships Freshman applicants with combined SAT scores of 1950 or higher (or ACT composite of 28 or higher) and a secondary school rank in the top 20% at the end of junior year, OR combined SAT scores of 1860 or higher (or ACT composite of 27 or higher) and a secondary school rank in the top 10% at the end of junior year. $10,000 to $16,000 per year. (Amounts based on merit.) Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholarships Semifinalists or finalists in any of these three national scholarship programs. Combined RIT Presidential and 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 for Business, Liberal Arts, and Hospitality Management Freshman applicants for these programs demonstrating outstanding leadership, service, entrepreneurship, or citizenship with combined SAT score of 1800 or higher (ACT 26) and B+ average. $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. Freshman admission applications for these academic programs submitted by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection based on activities, recommendations, and academic record.
RIT Achievement Scholarships for Art, Design and Crafts Freshman applicants for these academic programs with combined SAT score of 1800 or higher (ACT 26) and B+ average who submit outstanding art portfolios. $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. Up to 25 awarded each year. Freshman admission applications and art portfolios submitted by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
RIT Achievement Scholarships-
All Programs
Freshman applicants with combined SAT score of 1800 or higher (ACT 26), strong extracurricular achievements, and B+ average. $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. Up to 100 awarded each year. Freshman admission applications submitted by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
RIT Computing Medal Scholarships Awarded to RIT Computing Medal winner from a participating 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. Must apply for admission to RIT by February 1 to be considered.
RIT Innovation & Creativity Award Scholarships Awarded to Innovation & Creativity Award winners selected by participating high schools based on outstanding achievements in innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. $7,000 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 February 1 to be considered.
RIT National Co-op Scholarships Winners selected based on academic record and required scholarship application essay. $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. Apply between October 1 and February 15.
RIT/FIRST Robotics Scholarships Freshman applicants with combined SAT score of 1800 or higher (ACT 26) and B+ average 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 10 awarded each year. Download scholarship application at: www.usfirst.org. Mail scholarship application to RIT and apply for admission by February 1.
RIT/Project Lead The Way Scholarships Freshman applicants with combined SAT score of 1800 or higher (ACT 26) and B+ average who complete 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 five awarded each year. Submit a letter of recommendation from a PLTW teacher along with RIT admission application and school transcripts by February 1.
RIT Hillside Scholarships Awarded to incoming freshman and transfer students to recognize outstanding graduates of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program. Recipients are identified based on secondary grades, college entrance examination scores, personal recommendations, and 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 February 1 to be considered.
RIT Trustee Scholarships for Transfer Students Transfer applicants with a GPA of 3.3 or higher (computed by RIT) who will complete an associate degree before entering RIT. $10,000 per year with transfer GPA of 3.6 or higher; $7,000-$8,500 per year with GPA of 3.3 to 3.59. May be combined with Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. Renewable. Submit all required admission application documents by: March 15 for summer/fall entry; November 15 for spring entry. 
RIT Achievement Scholarships for Transfer Students Transfer applicants with 3.3 or higher transfer GPA (computed by RIT) and 30 semester or 45 quarter hours completed at previous institution. $7,000 per year. May not be combined with RIT Trustee Scholarship. Renewable. Submit all required admission application documents by: March 15 for summer/fall entry; November 15 for spring entry. 
RIT Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships for Transfer Students Awarded to transfer students with an associate degree elected to Phi Theta Kappa honor society. $2,000 per year. May be combined with RIT Trustee or Achievement Scholarship. Renewable. Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with transfer admission application.
RIT Nathaniel Rochester Society (NRS) Scholarships Full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least 72 credit hours 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 ($500 per semester 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. Tuition support, fees, books, and monthly stipend. 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 June 2013.
• Most programs require satisfactory progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility (see RIT Undergraduate Bulletin).
• Filing the FAFSA by March 1, 2014 (March 15 for transfer applicants), 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.