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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

RIT/NTID Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships Eligibility Amount
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 $4,000. Renewable.
NTID Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients are chosen on the strength of their overall application materials: grade-point average, SAT/ACT scores, activities, and recommendations. $1,000 to $4,000. Renewable.
NTID Associate+Bachelor’s Degree 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. $3,500, plus an additional $1,000 once successfully enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program. 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.

Merit-based 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-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.
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 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. $1,000 to $4,500 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. $2,500 tp $3,500 per year. 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 Co-op Scholarships Awarded to outstanding admitted freshman students who, through their essay, reflect a clear enthusiasm for experiential learning. $2,500 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. $2,500 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. $2,500 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 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. $2,500 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. $2,500 per year. Renewable. Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.  
RIT/NTID Technology Scholar Award Deaf and hard-of-hearing award recipients nominated by their high school who are admitted and enroll at RIT in the fall immediately following graduation from high school. $1,000 per year. Renewable. Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.
RIT/NTID Creative Scholar Award Deaf and hard-of-hearing award recipients nominated by their high school who are admitted and enroll at RIT in the fall immediately following graduation from high school. $1,000 per year. Renewable. Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.
RIT Trustee Scholarships for Transfer Students Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students with an exceptional academic record. $4,000 to $5,000 per year for qualified candidates. May be combined with Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. Renewable.
RIT Founders Scholarships for Transfer Students Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students with an exceptional academic record. $2,500 per year for qualified candidates. May be combined with Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. Renewable.
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 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 8/18.
• 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.
• Merit-based scholarships provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT baccalaureate programs are prorated to reflect lower tuition rates for those students.