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The University Magazine

Scholarship program aids Rochester City School District grads

At the news conference announcing the scholarship program are, from left, Rochester Superintendent of Schools Jean-Claude Brizard, RIT President Bill Destler and RIT Senior Vice President James Miller.

Rochester City School District grads who meet certain requirements will have the opportunity to study at RIT tuition-free starting in fall of 2010.

"This program recognizes the importance of strengthening RIT's support of and relationship with the Rochester City School District and the Rochester community," says RIT President Bill Destler. He and his wife, Rebecca Johnson, are among a number of individuals who are providing financial support for this initiative. "This is an opportunity for city students to have aspirations of attending a world-class university, and for RIT to attract the best and brightest from the area's largest school district."

The scholarship support, when combined with federal and state grants, equals full tuition at RIT, which is $28,866 this year. The scholarship is renewable annually for participants in good academic standing.

"This is fantastic opportunity for our students and a phenomenal show of support by RIT for the college-going culture we are developing among our students," says Rochester Superintendent of Schools Jean-Claude Brizard. "We are very grateful to Dr. Destler and the entire RIT community for their generosity. This scholarship program reinforces our message that college is an attainable goal for each of our students."

To be eligible, students must:

  • Attend Rochester City School District for three years of high school and reside in the district for those three years
  • Be accepted by RIT to the freshmen class for full-time enrollment in any of the university's baccalaureate programs
  • Enter directly from high school in their graduation year and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Come from families with income levels below $60,000.

Bob Finnerty '07