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Elvira Caroselli Creative Spirit Award

Purpose of Scholarship

The Elvira Caroselli Creative Spirit Award will provide small awards to encourage the creative spirit and endeavors of junior and senior high school students.

Application Period

November 1 to March 4

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; paid in one lump sum in the Fall. Maximum award $1,500.

Allowed Use of Award

Award may be used for broad artistic purposes. This scholarship is not intended to support costs associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For high school juniors and seniors in Monroe County or at Oneonta High School (Otsego County) who have:

  • The courage to fight for an idea;
  • A creative spirit;
  • An interest in artistic expression (sewing, visual arts, woodworking, baking/cooking, poetry, dance, music, etc.);
  • A C+ average (2.5 GPA) or better in school; and
  • Financial need.

Preference is given to students who attend a high school in the Rochester City School District. Home-schooled or private school students will also be considered.

Application Process

To begin or continue your application, click here.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation. A committee comprised of Community Foundation staff, community members, and family representatives reviews applications and selects the recipient(s).

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation mails a letter to the recipient explaining the award in April. Checks are made payable to the recipient and mailed to the recipient’s permanent home address by the Community Foundation.


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

Donor Information

Mrs. Caroselli loved creating, designing, and experimenting. This remarkable woman dropped out of school in the eighth grade to help support her family. Despite a lack of formal education, she sold an invention to a major manufacturer when she was 70 years old.

To learn more about Mrs. Caroselli, click here.

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


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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