RIT is proud to offer the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars program to graduates of the Rochester City School District and approved charter schools who are admitted as freshman to full-time study in baccalaureate programs at the university. This scholarship program covers full tuition at RIT.
Scholars will be expected to participate in a fully-funded on-campus enrichment program that begins in the summer prior to the start of their freshman year. During this time, scholars can earn up to six college credits. Additionally, through the academic year, scholars will participate in one-on-one weekly meetings with a Coach in the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) along with receiving support, guidance and access to the already rich campus resources that are available.
Students must live in the city and attend an approved high school within the district for the last three years of high school.
Students should apply for admission by January 15 to ensure full consideration, be accepted through RIT’s regular admission standards and maintain full-time status at RIT. The $65 application fee is waived. Upon acceptance the $500 enrollment deposit is waived as well.(Applications received after January 15 will be considered as long as space and funds remain available.)
The student’s total annual family income (including taxed and untaxed income) must not exceed $66,000.
DDI Summer Experience
To ensure a smooth transition to your full-time RIT studies, students admitted to the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars program are required to participate in the division of Diversity and Inclusion’s Summer Experience, which is a residential summer program providing personalized one-on-one academic coaching, academic skills enhancement, a strong support network, and the opportunity to earn up to six RIT college credits.
"The Rochester City Scholars Program has helped me financially, but it has also allowed me to flourish academically. The Summer Bridge Program in 2019 was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It allowed me to form a family at school that supports me and provides me with resources to succeed. The strong bonds that I have with other students and staff have been what keeps me going when things get rough. Without the opportunities that RCS has given me, I am not sure where I would be. I am so thankful for all the people I have met along my journey at RIT."
School of the Arts '19
RIT Major: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
"The Rochester City Scholars Program has given me the opportunity to attend my first choice college. Without it, I would not have been able to pursue something that I am truly passionate about in an environment that I love. As someone who had been to RIT many times growing up for various events and activities, it was my dream to attend the school one day, though I knew that it would be difficult from a financial standpoint. Being able to attend RIT has allowed me to be a part of a vibrant and welcoming community."
School of the Arts '19 RIT Major: Applied Modern Language and Culture - Japanese Option
"The Rochester City Scholars Program is the reason I am able to attend RIT. I was unsure about going to college due to the high costs, but this scholarship took care of my financial concerns. The Summer Experience also allowed me to experience college life early so I would be as prepared as possible for my first year. Through this experience I gained college credits, new friends, and an insight on how to be a successful college student."
Young Women's College Prep Charter School '19 RIT Major: Diagnostic Medical Sonography