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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

RIT/NTID Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
NTID President’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence Recipients are selected based on their academic records, recommendations, activities, and the requirements for their academic program. $2,000 to $3,000. Renewable. All applications submitted to RIT/NTID by Feb. 1 will be reviewed for scholarships.
NTID Merit Scholarships for Academic Excellence Recipients are chosen on the strength of their overall application materials: grade-point average, SAT/ACT scores, activities, and recommendations. $1,000 to $3,000. Renewable. All applications submitted to RIT/NTID by February 1 will be reviewed for scholarships.
Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Merit Scholarship Recipients are those who are admitted into an Associate+Bachelor’s Degree program and are chosen on the basis of their grade-point average, SAT/ACT scores, activities, and recommendations. $2,500, plus an additional $1,000 once successfully enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program. Renewable. All applications submitted to RIT/NTID by February 1 will be reviewed for scholarships.
NTID Performing Arts Scholarship Students who are willing to participate in performing arts. Essay required. Award varies. All required admissions credentials, FAFSA, and scholarship application must be submitted by Feb. 1 to be considered. Request an application from NTID Admissions.

Merit scholarships for students accepted directly to RIT bachelor’s degree programs.  (Amounts have been prorated to reflect lower tuition rate for deaf and hard-of-hearing students).

Merit Scholarships Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
RIT Presidential Scholarships Freshman applicants with scores of 1330 or higher on the two combined sections of the SAT (or ACT composite of 29 or higher), and a secondary school rank in the top 15 percent at the end of the junior year, with evidence of completion of a rigorous program of study with distinguished performance relative to other candidates for admission to the program.   $1,000 to $3,500 per year. (Amounts based on merit.) Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
National Merit and National Hispanic Scholarships Semifinalists or finalists in either of these national scholarship programs. RIT National Merit Scholarships of $1,000 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 academic programs demonstrating outstanding leadership, service, entrepreneurship, or citizenship with scores of 1210 or higher on the two combined sections of the SAT (or ACT composite of 27) and a B+ average in a strong preparatory program. $2,500 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, Photography, Design, and Crafts Freshman applicants for these academic programs with scores of 1210 or higher on the two combined sections of the SAT (or ACT composite of 27) and a B+ average in a strong preparatory program who submit outstanding art portfolios or otherwise demonstrate excellence in creative expression. $2,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Freshman admission applications and art portfolios submitted by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
RIT Achievement Scholarships-
All Programs
Freshman applicants with scores of 1210 or higher on the two combined sections of the SAT (or ACT composite of 27)and a B+ average in a strong preparatory program.. $1,500 to $2,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Freshman admission applications submitted by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
RIT Computing Medal Scholarships Recognizes high school juniors who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and demonstrate ability in computing. $2,500 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 identified by their high schools in the junior year for consideration. Apply for admission to RIT by February 1.
RIT Innovation & Creativity Award Scholarships Recognizes high school juniors who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and demonstrate outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity, or entrepeneurship. $2,500 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 identified by their high schools in the junior year for consideration. Apply for admission to RIT by February 1.  
RIT National Co-op Scholarships Awarded to outstanding entering freshman students who, through their essay, reflect a clear enthusiasm for experiential learning. Recipients are identified based on secondary grades, college entrance examination scores, and personal recommendations. $2,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Submit scholarship application online at: www.waceinc.org. Apply between October 1 and February 15.
RIT/FIRST Robotics Scholarships Freshman applicants who have participated on a high school FIRST team. Recipients are identified based on secondary grades, college entrance examination scores, and personal recommendations. $2,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Download scholarship application at: www.usfirst.org. Mail scholarship application to RIT and apply for admission by February 1.
RITProject Lead The Way Scholarships Freshman applicants with combined SAT score of 1210 or higher (ACT 27) and B+ average who complete two or more PLTW courses. $2,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. Submit a letter of recommendation from a PLTW teacher along with RIT admission application and school transcripts by February 1.
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. $3,500 per year with transfer GPA of 3.6 or higher; $2,000-$2,500 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. $2,500 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. $700 per year. May be combined with RIT Trustee or Achievement Scholarship. Renewable. Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with transfer admission application.

Notes:
• This chart covers the most commonly awarded financial aid programs available to full-time deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students at RIT. Information is correct as of November 2015.
• Most programs require satisfactory progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility (see RIT Undergraduate Bulletin).
• Filing the FAFSA by March 1, 2015 (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.
• Merit scholarships provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT baccalaureate programs are prorated to reflect lower tuition rates for those students.