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Since 1976, RIT has honored the top 1% of students that are able to maintain a record of academic excellence while also giving back to their community through civic or volunteer work, conducting research, or being engaged in co-op or work in their field of study. 

Each of the students honored has achieved the distinction of maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 out of a possible 4.0. All have completed at least 83 credit hours of study, more than two-thirds of the credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree. In addition, selection of students was base on other factors complementing academic achievement, including creative work, service on student committees, civic activities, employment and independent research. 

RIT is pleased to pay tribute to these undergraduates who demonstrated devotion to excellence is an inspiration to the university community. 


The bronze medallion awarded to Rochester Institute of Technology Scholars was designed by the late professor Hans Christensen, renowned silversmith and first holder of the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Chair in Contemporary Crafts in the School for American Crafts. Professor Christensen was the youthful recipient of two medallions for excellence in silver design and execution from the King of Denmark. His memory of this special event in his own life became the genesis for RIT's bronze medallion. 

Professor Christensen chose traditional symbols for wisdom and respect--the Athenian owl and the olive branch--as images for the medallion. Each student attending the ceremony receives their medallion from the President, who personally acknowledges their academic excellence. 


The policy governing this award can be found in RIT's Governance Library