Donald M. Barnard Award

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to a University of Rochester student with good personal qualities and high achievement who has declared engineering as a major.


Contact the University of Rochester Scholarships Office beginning in January

Number and Size of Awards

Up to 10 awards of $500 each

Allowed Use of Award

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

Eligibility Criteria

For University of Rochester students who:

  • Are majoring in engineering;
  • Are in their junior or senior year in college; and
  • Show personal achievement and good personal qualities.

Preference is given to a students involved in a 3-2 program.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the University of Rochester School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Administrative Committee. A committee comprised of school faculty and deans reviews nominations, selects a recipient, and informs the Community Foundation.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated by an academic advisor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Rochester, where applications are available, if applicable.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation mails a certificate to the University of Rochester for presentation to the recipient and mails a letter with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and September 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and March 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 full-time enrollment to the Community Foundation. Scholarships not claimed by March 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


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

Donor Information

This scholarship was established in 1991 in memory of Donald M. Barnard, president of Barnard Consulting Engineers, PC specializing in the design and management of institutional, industrial, public, and commercial projects. Mr. Barnard was a past president of the NYS Consulting Engineers Council and of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. He received his master's degree in both mechanical engineering and business administration from the University of Rochester.

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