RIT Introduces Scholarship in Support of Underrepresented Ph.D. Students

Program created through funding from the U.S. Department of Education

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Rochester Institute of Technology has been awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Education to help students from underrepresented populations reach the pinnacle of success in higher education.

RIT will receive $220,000 annually over the next four years to support the RIT McNair Scholarships Program. This initiative will provide services to low-income, first-generation college students—specifically African American, Latino and Native American—who are pursuing doctoral studies. Its focus is on the development of personal and educational skills, including effective communication and academic skills necessary for success in doctoral programs.

“Although RIT has historically been a career-oriented university, in recent years the institute has been redefining career in much broader terms to include careers in academia and those requiring a Ph.D.,” states Kit Mayberry, RIT vice president for academic affairs. “This program will be an added resource for academically talented students who otherwise may not consider graduate education as a viable option.”

The RIT McNair Scholars Program is designed to become a learning community of scholars. Providing high-quality research and scholarly activities will be the program’s capstone. Under the mentorship and guidance of committed faculty, students will participate in a rigorous experience that will develop their research, presentation and publication skills.