Clifford B. Bushnell Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to an African American female from Monroe County who is a graduating high school senior or has completed her first year of college and is identified as an Urban League Black Scholar. Offered every three years. Next award 2024.

Application Period

December 1 to March 1

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $5,000; paid as $1,000 per year for up to five consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid in the Fall semester. See Award Announcement and Payment section below for more information. Offered every three years; next award 2024.

Allowed Use of Award

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

Eligibility Criteria

For a female African-American student graduating from high school or in her first year in college who:

  • Is a resident of Monroe County;
  • Is an Urban League Black Scholar;
  • Has a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (B average);
  • Is active in school and the community; and
  • Is accepted as a full-time student at any accredited two- or four-year college or vocational/technical school.

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, Urban League representatives, and community members reviews applications and selects the recipient(s).

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails a certificate to the Urban League of Rochester for presentation to the recipient at the annual Black Scholars Recognition Dinner and emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship is payable once per academic year and 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 made to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the initial scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying full-time enrollment at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational/technical school. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript and tuition bill or the Clifford B. Bushnell Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued full-time enrollment, financial need, and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.

Renewability

This scholarship is renewable for up to four times for a maximum of five annual awards to support undergraduate studies. Award renewability varies per recipient:

  • Graduating high school seniors receive awards that are renewable for a maximum of five awards in five consecutive years of undergraduate studies;
  • College freshman receive awards that are renewable for a maximum of four awards in four consecutive years of undergraduate studies;
  • College sophomores receive awards that are renewable for a maximum of three awards in three consecutive years of undergraduate studies; and
  • College juniors receive awards that are renewable for a maximum of two awards in two consecutive years of undergraduate studies.

Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.

Clifford B. Bushnell Scholarship Renewal Form


Questions?

Email Scholarships@racf.org or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.


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