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RIT to offer full scholarships for some RCSD students

Rochester Institute of Technology will offer full tuition for qualifying graduates of the Rochester City School District with family income levels below $60,000.

Students must attend a city high school for three years, live in the district for this time period and be accepted to the freshmen class at RIT for full-time enrollment in any of the university’s baccalaureate programs.

“This program recognizes the importance of strengthening RIT’s support and relationship with the Rochester City School District and the Rochester community,” RIT presdident William Destler said. “This is an opportunity for city students to have aspirations of attending a world-class university. It also is an initiative for RIT to attract the best and brightest from the area’s largest school district.”

The scholarship support, when combined with federal and state grants, equals full-tuition at RIT. It is renewable annually for student participants who are in good academic standing as long as students maintain full-time status at RIT. The board of trustees unanimously endorsed the initiative.

Tuition for full-time undergraduates at RIT is $28,866.

Jean-Claude Brizard, RCSD superintendent of schools, said the program helps support a culture toward higher education that the district is developing.

“This scholarship program reinforces our message that college is an attainable goal for each of our students,” Brizard said. “We’re saying that we, as a community, believe in them. It’s now up to them to do the work that will put this generous opportunity within their reach.”

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