Merit-based Scholarships

Freshman Merit-based

Eligibility

Awarded to a select number of entering freshmen who demonstrate exceptional academic performance based their grades and entrance exam scores and who receive exemplary letters of recommendation.

Additional Information
Renewable for up to eight semesters based on good academic standing
 
 
 
How to apply
Submit all required admissions application documents by the priority timeline
Eligibility

Named to recognize the founders of RIT and its forerunners, Founders Scholarships are awarded to admitted freshmen who are outstanding academically, are active and involved in their schools or community, or demonstrate special talents or abilities. Consideration may also be given to outstanding leadership, service, entrepreneurship, citizenship, or creativity. Portfolio evaluations or other evidence of creative excellence will also be considered for applicants to art, crafts, design, film, and photography programs.

Additional Information

Renewable for up to eight semesters based on good academic standing

How to apply

Submit all required admissions application documents by the priority timeline

Eligibility

The Founders Scholarship for International Students is awarded to highly qualified admitted international students.

Additional Information
Renewable for up to eight semesters based on good academic standing.
 
 
 
How to apply

Submit all required admissions application documents by the priority timeline

Eligibility

Provided to a select number of students who demonstrate meritorious academics, community involvement, leadership, or other characteristics that the university deems of value.

Additional Information

Renewable for up to eight semesters based on good academic standing

How to apply

Submit all required admissions application documents by the priority timeline

Eligibility

Awarded to admitted freshmen who are National Merit Scholar finalists and name RIT as their 1st choice school for NMSC.

Additional Information

$1,000 or $2,000 per year depending on need. Renewable as long as student meets NMSC guidelines and remains in good academic standing.  Recipients of these awards automatically qualify for our highest Presidential Scholarship

How to apply
Submit all required admissions application documents by the priority timeline
Eligibility

Awarded to admitted freshmen who are recognized by the College Board as National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Additional Information

$2,000 per year depending on need. Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  

How to apply

Submit all required admissions application documents by the priority timeline

Eligibility

Awarded to outstanding admitted freshman students who, through their essay, reflect a clear enthusiasm for experiential learning.

Additional Information

Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  Up to 10 awarded each year.

How to apply

Submit scholarship application online at: www.waceinc.org.

Eligibility

Awarded to outstanding admitted freshman students who, through their essay, reflect a clear enthusiasm for experiential learning.

Additional Information

Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  Up to 20 awarded each year.

How to apply

Download scholarship application at: www.usfirst.org.

Eligibility

Awarded to outstanding admitted freshmen who have completed two or more PLTW courses.

Additional Information

Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  Up to 20 awarded each year.

How to apply

Submit a letter of recommendation from a PLTW teacher along with RIT admission application and school transcripts by priority timeline.

Eligibility

Awarded to admitted freshman students to recognize outstanding graduates of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.

Additional Information

Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  

How to apply

Recipients are identified based on involvement in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.

Eligibility
Award recipients nominated by their high schools who are admitted and enroll at RIT in the fall immediately following graduation from high school.
 
 
 
Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.
 
 
 
How to apply
Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.
Eligibility

Award recipients nominated by their high schools who are admitted and enroll at RIT in the fall immediately following graduation from high school.

Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.
 
 
 
How to apply
Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.
Eligibility
Students enrolling in ROTC who are academically qualified.
 
 
 
Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.
 
 
 
How to apply

Contact the appropriate ROTC office:

Air Force: 585-475-5197

Army: 585-475-2881

Navy: 585-275-4275

Eligibility

Awarded to Army, Air Force, or Navy ROTC cadets awarded three- or four-year scholarships prior to enrollment.

Additional Information

Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  

How to apply

Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Eligibility
Eligibility depends on veteran benefit being sought.
 
 
 
Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.
 
 
 
How to apply

Visit our Military & Veterans website: www.rit.edu/emcs/ptgrad/veterans1.php or contact the Veterans and Military Services Office at 585-475-6641

Eligibility
Provided to a limited number of admitted undergraduate incoming freshmen who show promise of success at RIT.
 
 
 
Amount
Amount varies. Renewable up to 8 semesters as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing and is enrolled full-time in coursework applicable to the student's program of study.

Transfer Merit-based

Eligibility
Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students with an exceptional academic record.
 
 
 
Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  
 
 
 
How to Apply

Submit all required admissions application documents by the priority timeline
Eligibility

Awarded to transfer students with an associate degree elected to Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Additional Information

Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  May be combined with RIT Trustee or RIT Founders Scholarship

How to Apply

Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with transfer application.

Eligibility
Awarded to transfer students to recognize outstanding graduates of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.
 
 
 
Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  
 
 
 
How to Apply
Recipients are identified based on previous college performance, personal recommendations, and involvement in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.
Eligibility

Students enrolling in ROTC who are academically qualified.

Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  
 
 
 
How to Apply

Contact the appropriate ROTC office:

Air Force: 585-475-5197

Army: 585-475-2881

Navy: 585-275-4275

Eligibility

Awarded to Army, Air Force, or Navy ROTC cadets awarded three- or four-year scholarships prior to enrollment.

Additional Information
Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.
 
 
 
How to Apply

Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Eligibility

Eligible students must be approved for Post 9/11 benefits at the 100% tier.

Additional Information

Renewable as long as student remains in good academic standing.  

How to Apply

Contact the Veterans and Military Services Office, 585-475-6641