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Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars

Rochester Institute of Technology 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, for those meeting eligibility requirements, will cover full tuition at RIT.

Program Eligibility:

  • Students must live in the city and attend an approved high school within the district for the last three years of high school.
  • Students must graduate from an eligible high school and enroll at RIT in the fall semester after graduation.
  • Students should apply for admission by January 15 to ensure full consideration.  Applications received after January 15 will be considered as long as space and funds remain available.  The $60 application fee is waived for RCSD students.
  • The student’s total annual family income (including taxed and untaxed income) must not exceed $66,000.
  • Students must be accepted through RIT's regular admissions standards and maintain full-time status at RIT.
  • The high school counselors will be asked to complete and return a Student Eligibility Certification for to Undergraduate Admissions along with the high school transcript and letter of recommendation by the February 1st application deadline.
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Tuition Assistance Program form (TAP) , each year by the priority deadline.



David Benitez
Assistant Director for Rochester City Scholars & MOCHA

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 eight college credits. Additionally, through the academic year, scholars will participate in one-on-one weekly meetings with an advisor in the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) along with receiving support, guidance and access to the already rich campus resources that are available.