Merit-based Scholarships

Freshman Merit-based

The following applies to each award unless otherwise noted under the award.

  • No special application necessary.  Submit a completed admission application and supporting materials submitted by the admission priority filing date.
  • Demonstrated financial need is not a considered when selecting recipients.
  • Full-time attendance in coursework applicable to student’s program of study.
  • Renewable for up to 8 semesters as long as student remains in good academic standing.
  • Not available during enrollment in Cooperative Education (Co-op) since a student is not charged tuition.
  • If eligible for multiple scholarships, student receive the award with the highest dollar value.
Eligibility

Awarded to entering freshmen who demonstrate exceptional academic performance, receive exemplary letters of recommendation, and strong exam scores.

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.

Eligibility

Awarded to highly qualified admitted international students.

 
 
 
How to apply

Submit all required admissions application information by the priority deadline date.

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

Scholarship may be received in addition to other RIT scholarships.

Eligibility
Provided to a limited number of admitted undergraduate incoming freshmen who show promise of success at RIT.
Eligibility

Recognizes individual achievement and talent in the performing arts. Regardless of major, all full-time admitted freshman undergraduates are eligible for consideration. Scholarship may be received in addition to other RIT scholarships.

How to apply

Students must submit the performing arts scholarship application and a digital audition (via YouTube or Vimeo) by March 15. The application and application instructions can be found at www.rit.edu/performingarts2020.

Eligibility

Admitted freshmen who are National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) finalists and name RIT as their 1st choice school with NMSC.  Recipients receive highest value of Presidential Scholarship.

Additional Information

Scholarship may be received in addition to other RIT scholarships.  RIT received finalist confirmation from NMSC.

Recipients will receive a total of $2,000 through the RIT Merit Scholarship and/or RIT NMSC Recognition Award.

Eligibility

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

Additional Information

Scholarship may be received in addition to other RIT scholarships.  RIT received finalist confirmation from NMSC.

Annual award is $2,000.

Eligibility

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

How to apply

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

Eligibility

Awarded to outstanding admitted freshman applicants who have participated on a high school FIRST team.

How to apply

Download scholarship application at: www.usfirst.org.

Eligibility

Awarded to outstanding admitted freshmen who have completed two or more PLTW (Project Lead the Way) courses.

Eligibility

Admitted freshman who are outstanding graduates of the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection Program.

Eligibility
Recognizes high school juniors who have distinguished themselves academically, and demonstrate ability in computing.
 
 
 
Additional Information

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

Eligible students must be nominated by their high schools in the junior year for consideration.
Eligibility

Recognizes high school juniors who have distinguished themselves academically, and demonstrate outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity, or entrepreneurship.

Additional Information

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

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

Amounts are determined by ROTC

Contact the appropriate ROTC office:

Air Force: 585-475-5197

Army: 585-475-2881

Navy: 585-275-4275

Eligibility

Students enrolling in ROTC who are academically qualified.

Additional Information

Award is up to the amount of a standard default room and board plan, minus other financial aid and benefits.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for details.

Eligibility
Based on veteran benefit qualifications determined by Veterans Administration (VA).
 
 
 
Additional Information
Visit our Military & Veterans website: https://www.rit.edu/admissions/veterans or contact the Veterans and Military Services Office at 585-475-6641.

Transfer Merit-based

The following applies to each award unless otherwise noted under the award.

  • No special application necessary.  Submit a completed admission application and supporting materials submitted by the admission priority filing date.
  • Demonstrated financial need is not a considered when selecting recipients.
  • Full-time attendance in coursework applicable to student’s program of study.
  • Renewable for up to 8 semesters as long as student remains in good academic standing.
  • Not available during enrollment in Cooperative Education (Co-op) since a student is not charged tuition.
  • If eligible for multiple scholarships, student receive the award with the highest dollar value.
Eligibility

Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students with an outstanding 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 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