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The Alfred L. Davis and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Brackett Clark. The Clarks were long-time supporters of RIT; Mr. Clark served on the RIT Board of Trustees for more than 50 years, and Mrs. Clark was very active with the RIT Women's Council. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize the long and dedicated service to RIT, which Mr. Davis has provided. During his career spanning more than 40 years at RIT, Mr. Davis served on the faculty of the College of Continuing Education, as Vice President for Development and Public Relations, and later as Administrative Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Having observed through the years the efforts of many student volunteers and the invaluable service these students provided, Mr. Davis requested that a portion of these funds be earmarked to encourage and recognize this contribution.
Davis Scholarship Leadership Award Qualifications:
If you have been a past recipient of the Davis Scholarship Leadership Award, you may re-apply. However, past recipients should not assume that they are guaranteed to be re-named as a recipient.
The Kathleen M. Keyes Memorial Scholarship was established by Mr. Brian Keyes and the RIT Student Government. Kathleen served as the Operations Manager for the RIT Student Government from 1983 to 1994 where she was an advocate for student leaders and a friend to many officers. The purpose for the award was to honor her memory while providing an incentive to student leaders who have served the RIT population through Student Government which may include participation in RIT Major Student Organizations (MSO's).
Kathleen M. Keyes Memorial Scholarship Qualifications:
The Eric Senna Award was established in 1995. Eric Senna (an alumnus, class of 1991) served as the Vice Chairman for the RIT Student Government from 1989 to 1990. Eric almost exclusively developed the proposal, fundraising and implementation of the Institute's bronze Tiger Mascot located on the quarter mile just west of the Student Alumni Union. The award was created to recognize those students who have significantly contributed towards the improvement of campus life, tradition, pride and spirit. The Tiger statue stands as a bond between the students of RIT and the Institute as a whole.
Eric Senna Award Qualifications
On November 25, 1996, three AALANA student leaders were tragically killed in a car accident on their way home to Buffalo for Thanksgiving. Susan Willoughby, Lanette Moore and Cheryl Bulls are deeply missed by the RIT community. Through an outpouring of emotion by RIT students, faculty and staff members, the university established the RIT Memorial Endowed scholarship to pay tribute to these three young women, as well as other members of the RIT community who are taken from us.
The Cheryl Bulls, Lanette Moore, & Susan Willoughby Memorial Scholarship Qualifications:
Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Endowed Scholarship Qualifications:
For many people on the RIT campus and beyond, Isaac L. Jordan Sr. represented the best of the human spirit: compassionate, fair, committed to promoting community among all people and supportive of people in their individual struggles to obtain economic and social equality. Isaac L. Jordan Sr. was both a humanitarian and a visionary. He envisioned a community that celebrated differences and that allowed individuals to develop to their fullest potential. His energies were totally dedicated to creating this kind of world.
Jordan transformed the minds and hearts of the people who worked and studied at Rochester Institute of Technology. His death in 1994 left a void in many lives. This scholarship was established to honor his vision, legacy and memory.
(NOTE: There are three Isaac L. Jordan Awards, please be certain to apply only to those awards for which you qualify.)
To be eligible for this award, students must demonstrate the following qualities:
1. Leadership ability
2. Good campus citizenship
3. High personal standards
4. Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
5. Be in good judicial standing
6. Participate actively in campus initiatives to promote/integrate diversity & inclusion.
1. Submit two letters of recommendation that describe your past and present experiences which would reflect the spirit of the award.
a. One letter must be from a current faculty or staff member at RIT
b. One letter from a second person who is or is not affiliated with RIT.
2. Essay format is 12 pt. font, double spaced and no more than two pages in length.
All recipients will be required to provide service to the RIT community at a designated event during the next academic year for a minimum of 8 hours facilitated and coordinated through the Division of Diversity & Inclusion.
Freshman Award Qualifications and Application
Upperclassman Award Qualifications and Application Requirements:
Graduate Award Qualifications and Application
Questions regarding the Isaac L. Jordan Scholarships should be directed to the RIT Office for Diversity & Inclusion, Sandra Whitmore, Senior Director of Operations & Deputy Title IX Coordinator Diversity & Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 475-5453
The Joe Ferraro Memorial Scholarship was established in November 2000 as a lasting tribute to Joe's commitment to establishing friendships and building bridges between people of diverse backgrounds. The scholarship was established by Joe's family including Doreen Ferraro, Jason Ferraro, and Irving Gordon.
Joe was known for his broad range of interests including membership in a fraternity (Phi Kappa Tau), serving as an intramural referee, and establishing the roller hockey sport club. Tragically, Joe died after contracting meningococcal meningitis following a Hillel sponsored trip to Israel in June 2000.
The Joe Ferraro Memorial Scholarship Qualifications:
Mr. and Mrs. A. Arthur Gorfain established the Walls Olson Scholarship in 1969. It was founded in appreciation of the interest that RIT faculty and staff members, Mr A. Stephen Walls and Mrs. Beverly Olson expressed for the Gorfains' son Neil while he was an RIT student. This fund provides annual awards to students who demonstrate active involvement in Student Affairs.
The Walls Olson Scholarship Qualifications:
The Women's Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship is a
****SEPARATE APPLICATION AND PROCESS***
The Women's Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship Qualifications:
Please contact the Center for Women & Gender for Application Deadline as it differs from all other awards.
Interested students must complete an application and submit to
The Women’s Center (SAU A-501)
Questions? Please the Center for Women & Gender more information.
Voice/TTY: 585 475 7464
In order to be considered, you must:
Scholarship Selection Committee
RIT Leadership Institute
34 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623
RIT Campus Center Bldg 3 Room 1030, located across from gym
Questions for all scholarships except Isaac L. Jordan Fund, and Joseph T. Ferraro Scholarship may be directed to the RIT Leadership Institute Office:
RIT Leadership Institute
Phone: (585) 475-6171
Located in the new RIT Campus Center across from the Gym, 03-1030
Questions or concerns regarding:
Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Fund:
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
|Joe Ferraro Scholarships:
Director, RIT Center for Religious Life
1402 Schmitt Interfaith Center
Phone: (585) 475-2137
APPLICATIONS AND ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE
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