Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS)

Rochester City Scholars

Rochester Institute of Technology is proud to offer the Rochester City Scholars program to graduates of the Rochester City School District and approved charter schools who are admitted as freshman to full-time study in baccalaureate programs at the University. This scholarship program, for those meeting eligibility requirements, will cover full tuition at RIT.

Scholars will be expected to participate in a fully-funded on-campus enrichment program that begins in the summer prior to the start of their freshman year. During this time, scholars can earn up to six college credits. Additionally, through the academic year, scholars will participate in one-on-one weekly meetings with an advisor in the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) along with receiving support, guidance and access to the already rich campus resources that are available.

Scholarship Program Requirements:

  • Students must live in the city and attend an approved high school within the district for the last three years of high school.
  • Students must graduate from an approved high school and enroll at RIT in the fall semester after graduation.
  • Students must apply for admission by February 1 and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline for guaranteed consideration. The $60 application fee is waived for RCSD students.
  • The student’s total annual family income (including taxed and untaxed income) must not exceed $66,000.
  • Students must be accepted through RIT’s regular admissions standards and maintain full-time status at RIT.
  • The high school counselor must complete and return the Student Eligibility Certification form to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Admitted students are expected to participate in a four-week, fully funded, residential Summer Bridge program, which provides academic skill enhancement, exposure to research, co-curricular activities, and community building. Program benefits include access to personalized one-on-one academic coaching, a support network, and the opportunity to earn up to six college credits.