Leadership Award Scholarships

What is the Davis Scholarship Leadership Award?

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:

  1. Candidates should demonstrate significant effort toward the improvement and quality of campus life at RIT.
  2. Demonstrate the following qualities:
    1. Leadership ability
    2. Good campus citizenship
    3. High personal standards
  3. Must be a student in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  4. Be a full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in his/her sophomore or junior year at RIT (45-134 credit hours) (Students in a 5 year program are also eligible if they are currently enrolled in their senior (4th) year at RIT).
  5. Demonstrate financial need through proper documentation. (On file with the RIT Financial Aid Office.)
  6. Be in good Judicial Standing.

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.

What is the Kathleen M. Keyes Memorial Scholarship?

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:

  1. Be a full-time undergraduate student who has served as an active leader and/or participant in organizations under the Student Government umbrella or within the Student Government administration.
  2. Exhibit the qualities we cherished in Kathleen M. Keyes such as dedication, open-mindedness, friendliness and willingness to help others.
  3. Demonstrate the following qualities:
    1. Leadership ability
    2. Good campus citizenship
    3. High personal standards
  4. Must be a student in good academic standing as indicated below with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  5. Be in good Judicial Standing.
What is the Eric Senna Award?

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

  1. Applicants must be nominated by a member of the student body, faculty, or staff who can address the nominee's contributions toward the improvement and quality of campus life, tradition, pride and spirit at RIT.
  2. Must demonstrate significant and unique contributions towards the improvement and quality of campus life, tradition, pride, and spirit at RIT.
  3. Demonstrate the following qualities:
    1. Leadership ability
    2. Good campus citizenship
    3. High personal standards
  4. Must be a student in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  5. Be a matriculated full or part-time student pursuing academic credits toward undergraduate, graduate or CCE programs.
  6. Be in good Judicial Standing.
What is the Cheryl Bulls, Lanette Moore and Susan Willoughby Memorial Scholarship?

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:

  1. Leadership is the number one criteria. Demonstrate leadership through involvement in student groups and/or community activities.
  2. Recipients must be AALANA students: African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian American or Native-American.
  3. Demonstrate the following qualities:
    1. Leadership ability
    2. Good campus citizenship
    3. High personal standards
  4. Must be a student in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative 2.30 GPA.
  5. Be in good Judicial Standing.
What is the Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Fund?

For many people on the RIT campus, 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.

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.

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. This fund was established to honor his vision and his memory.

Questions regarding the Issac L. Jordan Awards should be directed to the RIT Office of the Chief Diversity Officer. Please contact Sandra Whitmore at swwpro@rit.edu.

Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Fund Award Qualifications:

(NOTE: There are different academic requirements for each award.  There are TWO Isaac L. Jordan Awards, please be certain to apply only to those awards for which you qualify.)

  1. Demonstrate the following qualities:
    1. Leadership ability
    2. Good campus citizenship
    3. High personal standards
  2. Must be a student in good academic standing.
  3. Be in good Judicial Standing.

Freshman Award Qualifications:

  1. Be an incoming 1st year student. (44 credit hours or less)
  2. Write an essay (2 pages)
    1. Essays must reflect leadership, service, and spirit for the work of diversity.

Upperclassman Award Qualifications:

  1. Be a returning RIT student (45 credit hours or more)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of diversity through overt contributions in this area.
  3. Be willing to work with the Commission for Promoting Pluralism to help our student community become more involved in promoting pluralism.
  4. Write an essay (2 pages)
    1. Essays must reflect leadership, service, and spirit for the work of diversity.
What is the Joe Ferraro Memorial Scholarship?

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:

  1. Demonstrate extensive involvement or leadership in one or more areas of student activities and campus life while also overcoming some degree of adversity in their life, as evidenced in their essay. These areas of activities may include:
    1. Student Government
    2. Recognized Student Clubs, Club Sports
    3. Recognized Fraternities or Sororities
    4. Other Significant Activities.
    5. Community Service
  2. Demonstrate the following qualities:
    1. Leadership ability
    2. Good campus citizenship
    3. High personal standards
  3. Additional Essay Requirement
    Many students learn leadership because they feel that they have overcome hardships or unique challenges which in effect, made them who they are today. Identify those unique challenges that you feel have shaped your life and helped you to develop a unique leadership skill set. Then explain how those skills will help you positively influence the lives of other students on the RIT campus.
  4. Must be a student in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  5. Have completed at least 40 credit hours of classes.
  6. Must be returning to RIT through at least the end of the Winter Quarter of the following year.
  7. Be in good Judicial Standing.
  8. Priority will be given to those students who demonstrate financial need.
What is the Walls Olson Scholarship?

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:

  1. Demonstrate extensive involvement or leadership in one or more areas related to Student Activities and campus life. These may include:
    1. Student Government
    2. Recognized Student Clubs, Organizations, or Activities.
    3. Community Service
  2. Demonstrate the following qualities:
    1. Leadership ability
    2. Good campus citizenship
    3. High personal standards
  3. Must be a student in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  4. Have completed at least 40 credit hours of classes.
  5. Must be returning to RIT through at least the end of the Winter Quarter of the following year.
  6. Be in good Judicial Standing.
  7. Priority will be given to those students who demonstrate financial need.
What is the Women's Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship?

The Women's Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship is a
****SEPARATE APPLICATION AND PROCESS***

The Women's Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship Qualifications:

  1. Be women students in any program at RIT.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. Have strong campus/community involvement.
  4. Have excelled in spite of exceptional/difficult personal or family circumstances.
  5. Demonstrate financial need.

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
www.rit.edu/womenscenter

Scholarship Process
  1. How Do I Apply For These Scholarships?

    In order to be considered, you must:

    1. Meet the Qualifications:
      You must meet the requirements for the awards you are applying.
    2. Application:
      Obtain an application form from the RIT Campus Center Information Desk (located in the newly renovated area across from the RIT Gym, between the center for religious life and the SAU), the Financial Aid Office, the RIT Leadership Institute, or online. Nominations may be submitted for the Eric Senna Award.
    3. Essay:
      Complete and Submit the Essay
      1. All scholarship applicants please see part IV of the application for essay requirements above.
      2. Applicants for the Isaac L. Jordon Sr. Fund Scholarships must ALSO answer the additional essay questions as detailed in the scholarship qualifications section above.
      3. Applicants for the Joe Ferraro Scholarship must ALSO answer an additional essay question as detailed in the scholarship qualifications section above.
    4. Resume:
      Develop or Update Your Resume and Submit
    5. Two Letters of Reference:
      Obtain and submit two letters of reference.
      1. One letter from a supervisor, faculty or staff member within the RIT community who can speak about your contribution to RIT campus life.
      2. One personal reference letter from a member of the RIT faculty or staff or your home community. This cannot include a fellow student or relative.
    6. Submit All of the Above:
      Submit the application, resume, letters of recommendation and your essay one of three ways:
      1. Online here: Click for Application
      2. Hard copy to: Download Application

        Gwen Van Laeken
        Scholarship Selection Committee
        RIT Leadership Institute
        34 Lomb Memorial Dr
        Rochester, NY 14623

        RIT Campus Center Bldg 3 Room 1030, located across from gym
         

      3. For emergencies only or in the event of technical difficulties, you may email your application along with an explanation of the need to email the application. Please send it to: Gwen Van Laeken (gavccl@rit.edu) Important- Please include "2014 Scholarship" in the email subject line AND your name should be in the document file name(s) (i.e. JohnDoe-Resume.doc).
  2. What is the selection process?

    1. Upon review of all relevant information (i.e.: applications, financial need, letters of recommendation, essay) the selection committee (established by the Student Affairs Division) will make the final selection of recipient(s). The committee may also consider your application for any of these awards they feel you qualify for.
    2. Notification to applicants will be made by late March 2014.
    3. The amount of the award will be applied to the student’s institute account for support of his/her educational needs beginning in the fall quarter of 2014.
    4. The amount of the award will be applied to the student’s institute account for support of his/her educational needs beginning in the fall quarter of 2014.
    5. The Leadership Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at 12 Noon.
  3. Questions?

Questions for all scholarships except Isaac L. Jordan Fund, and Joseph T. Ferraro Scholarship may be directed to the RIT Leadership Institute Office:

Gwen Van Laeken
Assistant to the Director
RIT Leadership Institute
Phone: (585) 475-6974
Email: gavccl@rit.edu
Molly McGowan
Director
RIT Leadership Institute
RIT Campus Center 03-1030
Phone: (585) 475-6171
Email: mtmccl@rit.edu

Located in the new RIT Campus Center across from the Gym 03-1030

Questions or concerns regarding:

Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Fund:
Sandra Whitmore
Chief Diversity Officer
RIT Office of the President
Eastman 01-1124
Email: swwpro@rit.edu
Phone: (585) 475-5453
Joe Ferraro Scholarships:
Jeff Hering
Director, RIT Center for Religious Life
1402 Schmitt Interfaith Center
Phone: (585) 475-2137
Email: jphcpm@rit.edu

APPLICATIONS AND ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE

FEBRUARY 2, 2014 11:59 PM