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Bonnie F. Ogden Memorial Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To honor the memory of Bonnie F. Ogden by encouraging and assisting graduate students in their pursuit of New York State certification to teach students with special needs (special education) in the Rochester area.

Application Period

Contact the Roberts Wesleyan College Financial Aid Office beginning in November to learn more about this scholarship opportunity

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $1,000; paid in one lump sum.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be accepted and enrolled in Roberts Wesleyan College's Childhood and Students with Disabilities Special Education program or Adolescence and Special Education Generalist Master of Education program, and
  • Currently be teaching in the Rochester City School District.

Additional criteria for selection include:

  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA (out of 4.0);
  • Profess a special interest in younger children and demonstrate the inclination and ability to work with those requiring special attention;
  • Be active in community affairs involving children; and
  • Have financial need.

Note that the basis for the award is primarily merit and financial need; however, outstanding qualifications as a special education teacher are important.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated by the Financial Aid Office at Roberts Wesleyan College, where application instructions are available if applicable.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through Roberts Wesleyan College, which reviews applications, selects the recipients, and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification to recipients explaining the award in the Spring. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account.


This scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Donor Information

Bonnie F. Ogden, born and reared in Rochester, was a dedicated special education teacher at Elmcrest Elementary School in Liverpool, NY. She was especially interested in the early development of children. She was passionate about her teaching - constantly seeking novel ways of motivating her students and making learning fun and attainable. Bonnie was creative, even throughout her battle with cancer. Her success was reflected in the love and respect of her students, staff, and fellow teachers. She died February 28, 2004, at the age of 47. She was a granddaughter of George J. and Maude A. Peterson. In loving memory of Bonnie, this award is given to a graduate student pursuing certification to teach students with special needs, thus carrying on her work.

To learn more about Mr. and Mrs. Peterson, click here.

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


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