Student scholarships:
a worthy investment.

RIT is committed to making education accessible for everyone. Outside of receiving need-based financial aid, a large number of our hardworking students qualify for scholarship awards based on merit accomplishments, diversity, community service and engagement, veteran status, innovation, and a wide array of other achievements.

For donors looking to create a lasting impact, endowed scholarships are a powerful option. These named funds continue in perpetuity, creating a lasting legacy of support for future generations of RIT students. Contact us about scholarship endowments.

Our generous scholarship donors are helping to transform the lives of deserving students so they may receive a world-class RIT education.

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Flexibility through scholarship

Jaeden Guarrasi BS ’23 found himself immersed in the many opportunities he had between his coursework for the School of Individualized Study and his fervor for music. He credits generous scholarship donors as the reason his dream to craft his personalized degree at RIT became a reality.

Future global healer

As a first-generation college student, Nhyira Owusu Asante BS ’24 worked extremely hard to get where she is today. Assimilating to a new culture while navigating the road to higher education wasn’t simple. As a teenager, Nhyira was responsible for figuring out where to attend college and how to afford it.

Achievement in engineering

Alli Miller BS ’25 was challenged with starting her undergraduate degree during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on, Alli knew she wanted to come to RIT; her older sister who studied biomedical engineering at RIT helped spark her interest. Alli credits her achievements to the compassion of donors who made her attendance at RIT possible.

Investing in science

Cindy Lam BS ’24 comes from a family of scientists. “My parents worked really hard to come to the United States years ago. They have given my brothers and me unconditional support to fulfill our dreams,” says Cindy. “However, my family has had challenges with finding the funds to pay for school.” For Cindy, scholarship support has made a vital difference.

Crucial gifts making a difference

“I never knew the cost of a college education until I was faced with it.” Jada Jennings BS ’24 perfectly summed up the sentiment that so many college students experience. Jada, a business management information systems major, expressed that she wouldn’t be able to afford her education if it wasn’t for the scholarship she received.

Merit-based funding pushing students to succeed

The eldest of three and one of two siblings who currently attend RIT, Ashley Lasko BS ’23 has found academic success since middle school when she first became interested in STEM. In high school, Ashley earned a special RIT scholarship award for creativity and innovation, which sealed the deal that she would receive her undergraduate degree as a Tiger.

Scholarship makes a STEM degree possible

“Originally, I wouldn’t have been able to come to RIT,” recalls Lia Grammer BS ’25. “My family and I couldn’t afford it.” This realization was difficult, as Lia knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue STEM-based higher education, predominantly something with design. Lia knew she had to make her dream of attending RIT a reality.

Hard-working student awarded scholarship

Jacob O’Donnell BS ’25 pursued a major in electrical engineering, a field he has been interested in since he was a child. He recalls being drawn to things that didn’t make sense and anything that prompted a curiosity to ask questions. Jacob’s instinct to be inquisitive and practical guided him to seek scholarship funding for his RIT education.