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

December 1 to March 1

Number and Size of Awards

One award of up to $1,000; paid in one lump sum in the Fall semester.

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

The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation, and this scholarship is grouped with other scholarships in our Consolidated Scholarship Application. This means that by completing this one application, you will automatically be considered for any and all other scholarships connected to the Consolidated Application.

To apply for this scholarship and more, complete the Consolidated Scholarship Application.

To continue working on the Consolidated Application or another application you have already started, click here and go to the My Applications tab.

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. The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript verifying enrollment to the Community Foundation. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


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.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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