Cholish Engineering Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial aid to students pursuing engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Application Period

December 1 to March 1

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; minimum $2,000. Award 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. NOTE: This scholarship may not be used toward room and board.

Eligibility Criteria

For undergraduate students attending RIT who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an engineering program;
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA (B); and
  • Have financial need.

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, family representatives, and community members 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 RIT for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the initial or one-time scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying full-time enrollment in an engineering program. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript or the Cholish Engineering Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued full-time enrollment in an engineering program and good standing. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This scholarship is not typically renewable; however, some students may be selected to receive a renewable award.

Donor Information

This scholarship was established by Kathy and Daniel Cholish to provide financial aid to students pursuing engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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