Elmer W. Schwittek Free Enterprise Scholarship
Purpose of Scholarship
To provide financial assistance for the expenses associated with higher education for a student who possesses a spirit and aptitude for understanding and appreciating the free enterprise system that allows private philanthropy to exist.
December 1 to March 1
Number and Size of Awards
One award of $4,000; paid as $1,000 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid in the Fall semester.
Allowed Use of Award
Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.
For a graduating high school senior who:
- Resides in the eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties);
- Plans to attend a two- or four-year college in the eight-county area surrounding Rochester;
- Plans to matriculate into a business management program;
- Has a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA;
- Demonstrates financial need; and
- Possesses a spirit and aptitude for understanding (and appreciating) the free enterprise system that allows private philanthropy to exist.
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.
The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation. A committee of Community Foundation staff and community representatives reviews applications and selects recipients.
Award Announcement and Payment
The Community Foundation 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 enrollment in a four-year college or university specializing in business management. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript or the Elmer Schwittek Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued enrollment in a business management program at a two- or four-year college or university and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.
This scholarship is renewable up to three times for a total of four awards in four consecutive years.
Elmer Schwittek Scholarship Renewal Form
This scholarship was created by Elmer Schwittek to promote understanding and appreciation of the free enterprise system.
Email Scholarships@racf.org or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.
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