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Alec and Barbara Sutherland Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To assist students from the Middle East attending any college or university within the eight-county area of greater Rochester, NY.

Application Period

November 1 to March 4

Number and Size of Awards

One award of up to $1,000; paid in one lump sum in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates who:

  • Are from a Middle Eastern country* (as identified below);
  • Are an American citizen OR have appropriate Visa status;
  • Are attending any college or university within the eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties); and
  • Have financial need.

*Middle East countries may include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Republic of Yemen.

Application Process

To begin or continue your application, click here.

This scholarship is one of dozens connected to our Consolidated Scholarship Application. Applying for this scholarship means you’ll be considered for any other relevant opportunities within the Consolidated Application.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation. A committee comprised of Community Foundation staff and community representatives reviews applications and selects recipient(s).

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient in April. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying enrollment to the Community Foundation’s online Consolidated Scholarship Application between July 1 and August 15.

Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email with any questions or concerns.


This scholarship is not renewable; however, students may reapply each year they are eligible.

Donor Information

Barbara Sutherland was a professor at the Counseling Center of Monroe Community College in Rochester. In 1984, she accompanied her husband, Dr. Alec Sutherland, to the Yemen Arab Republic, where she became dedicated to helping the young men and women there get a college education.

To learn more about Barbara, click here.

To make your own gift to this fund, click here.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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