Frederick C. and Helen W. Watson Memorial Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

For a graduating Rochester City School District senior who plans to study science, technology, engineering, or math at Monroe Community College.

Application Period

November 1 to February 1

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $5,000; paid in equal installments over four consecutive semesters of undergraduate study at Monroe Community College. Award may be split between two or more recipients and is paid in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

Allowed Use of Award

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

Eligibility Criteria

For a graduating senior from the Rochester City School District who:

  • Is planning to attend Monroe Community College;
  • Is pursuing a STEM concentration (science, technology, engineering, or math);
  • Has a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA;
  • Demonstrates financial need; and
  • Has shown significant improvement in mathematics interest and skill during his or her high school years.

Preference may be given to students graduating from East High School, students pursuing a degree in math, or students accepted to and pursuing a 2+2 program.

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, check the status of your application, or accept and release a scholarship you have been awarded, 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 and community representatives 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 in April. Payment is mailed to the school in two equal installments for the Fall and Spring semesters for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the Fall semester payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying full-time enrollment in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics program to the Community Foundation’s online Consolidated Scholarship Application between July 1 and August 15.

To release the initial Spring semester payment or subsequent payments, upload the requested and required information including your unofficial transcript, class schedule, tuition bill and the Frederick C. and Helen W. Watson Scholarship Renewal Form between December 1 and February 15 verifying continued full-time enrollment in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics program and a minimum 3.0 GPA to the Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between July 1 and August 15.

Scholarships not claimed in the assigned semester will be forfeited. Email with any questions or concerns.


This scholarship is renewable one time for a total of two awards in two consecutive semesters. Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.

Frederick C. and Helen W. Watson Achievement Award Renewal Form

Donor Information

This scholarship was established to honor Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Watson. Mr. Watson taught at East High School for 35 years and was head of the mathematics department for 11 years. His wife, Helen, was a lifelong teacher who also taught math at East High School. They both viewed math as a universal language to form the basis of trust among all nations, races, and religions and believed that true achievement is measured more by progress than by success.

To learn more about Mr. and Mrs. Watson, click here.

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


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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