RIT Women’s Council

“The Women’s Council shall have as its purpose to stimulate interest in and promote understanding of the social, economic, educational, and cultural programs of the Institute, and to supplement, advance, and enrich the welfare of the Institute’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff. It shall determine its own policies to that end consistent with the Charter and Bylaws of the Institute and the policies of the Board of Trustees.” Excerpt from RIT Bylaws

Vision Statement

The Women’s Council (WCRIT) will support the mission of RIT by supporting the success of RIT women students, faculty and staff.

Mission Statement

Through its programs, the members of the Women’s Council (WCRIT) will learn about RIT and be ambassadors for RIT in the larger community. WCRIT will raise funds to provide scholarships to RIT’s women students and will actively seek to enhance the academic and campus life of RIT.


Established in 1955, WCRIT’s main purpose is to award scholarships to RIT women students who earn high academic achievement as well as community and RIT involvement while dealing with extenuating circumstances.

Read more about the history of Women’s Council at RIT


Collage of Women's Council Members

Becoming a member of Women’s Council of RIT provides a way to support the success of women students, faculty, staff and alumni at RIT. Through yearly dues and fundraising, we as a group are able to award scholarships to eligible students. Members also have the opportunity to network with a diverse group of women through programs and social events.

Member Benefits:

  • Monthly programs.
  • Opportunity to interact and network with fellow members via social events.
  • Digitized RIT campus photo I.D. (Call the Registrar's Office at 475-6519 for an appointment.)
  • 10% discount at Barnes & Noble at Park Point (with campus photo I.D.)
  • College courses (undergraduate/graduate including online courses) auditable for free with permission from faculty/chairperson.
  • Participate in RIT events.


Annual dues for membership are $45. To join, please complete this RIT Women’s Council membership form and follow the instructions provided regarding sending annual dues via PayPal or check.

Make a Gift

You can make a gift to RIT and support one of the Women’s Council’s focus funds. Please make a gift online and indicate on the form which of the areas you would like to support.

Scholarships and Funds Supported by Women’s Council

Women’s Council of RIT Endowed Scholarship was established in 1998. The annual distribution from this fund provides scholarship support annually to women students who exhibit a strong commitment to a high academic average while struggling with an exceptional/difficult personal or family circumstance. WCRIT members are encouraged to choose this fund for their memorial/in-honor of contributions and annual gifts to RIT.

Women’s Council/Glass Program Collaborative Scholarship was stablished in 2018 to provide scholarship support to graduate MFA students working primarily with glass in the School for American Crafts or School of Art within RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (now the College of Art & Design, CAD).

The original campus childcare center was established in 1972 as the Horton Child Care Center through the generosity of Metha Horton in honor of her husband, Edward.  Margaret’s House was established in 1996 through the generosity of the late Alfred Davis, Vice President Emeritus, and named in honor of his wife, Margaret Welcher Davis. The program provides childcare for approximately 90 children of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. WCRIT makes an annual contribution to assist in providing tuition for children from low income families.

Wallace Center is the recipient of books or media purchased in memory of, or in honor of WCRIT members. Traditionally, the choices reflect the personal interests of the member. WCRIT also established the Women’s Council Collection, composed of books that focus on women’s issues. In addition, WCRIT has provided the financial means to preserve several of the oldest and most treasured historical records of the Institute.

Outstanding Graduating Student Award was first presented in May 1997 and acknowledges a senior who has completed her studies successfully in spite of difficult or compelling life circumstances while maintaining high academic & service achievements.  

RIT Ambulance is a community-run Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency that recently celebrated 50 years of service to the RIT campus. Comprised of state-certified students, staff, and alumni volunteers, RIT Ambulance operates a New York State Certified Basic Life Support ambulance and a Basic Life Support first response/command vehicle. In addition to emergency calls, RIT Ambulance provides standbys for concerts, sporting events, and other social gatherings for the RIT community. The WCRIT makes an annual contribution to the Ambulance Corp Fund.

Bridging the Gap Endowed Emergency Fund was established in 2015 in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Women's Council of RIT to help students with one-time unexpected emergency financial shortfalls. The fund reached its $60,000 goal in 2019 and was retired from WCRIT’s ongoing commitments.