Scholarship Program

Each year, the Foundation awards a four-year, renewable scholarship to a graduating senior who has chosen to pursue a career in teaching.

This award of $1,000 per year is our way of showing support to young people who choose the field of education as their personal way of making a difference in the world.

Any high school senior, who meets the following eligibility criteria, is welcome to submit an application:

  • A current transcript, grade-point average (GPA) and ACT or SAT score must be submitted with the application.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Applicants must be residents of the Rochester School District who attended all four years at Rochester High School.
  • Applicants must be degree-seeking majors in the field of Education.
  • Applicants must describe their involvement in activities that have prepared them to pursue a teaching career.
  • Applicants must submit a written recommendation from a Rochester teacher attesting to the applicant’s preparedness for a teaching career.

A subcommittee of the REF Board reviews applications and selects finalists. Finalists may be required to participate in an interview with the subcommittee.

To be eligible for renewal of the scholarship:

  • Recipients must remain in the field of education and provide proof of good standing in an education preparation program.
  • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

To access the scholarship application, click here. Or pick up a copy in the Student Services Office.