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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 January 15 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 January 15 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 January 15 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 January 15 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 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 $3,500 per year. Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by January 15 will be reviewed for possible selection.
National Merit and National Hispanic Scholarships Awarded to finalists and semifinalists in either of these national scholarship programs. Combined RIT Presidential and RIT Merit Scholarships totaling $4,500 or more per year. 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. $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 application submitted by January 15 will be reviewed for possible selection based on activities, recommendations, and academic record.
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. 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.
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. 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.  
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. 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. $2,500 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. $2,500 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 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 July 2016.
• Most programs require satisfactory progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility (see RIT Undergraduate Bulletin).
• Filing the FAFSA by February 15, 2017, 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.