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Nautilus Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide scholarship support to graduating high school seniors in Monroe County pursuing a degree in architecture, construction, construction management, or a related field, or a program leading to teacher certification in a STEM field or pursuing a trades program or degree.

Application Period

November 1 to February 1

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $4,000 to a student pursuing a two- or four-year professional degree; paid as $1,000 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Additionally, one non-renewable award of $1,000 for students pursuing a trades degree or program and paid in one lump sum. Award 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 graduating high school seniors in Monroe County who:

  • Are pursuing architecture, construction, construction management, trades, or a field of education that would lead to supporting the growth of these fields (e.g., math, science, technology, etc.);
  • Plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or university or vocational/technical school;
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA;
  • Have financial need; and
  • Intend to work in Monroe County following graduation from college or vocational/technical school.
Preference may be given to underrepresented students.

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 Nautilus Scholarship selection committee, which is comprised of representatives from the architecture, construction, and education fields. The committee reviews applications, selects the recipient(s), and informs the Community Foundation of its decisions.

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 for the recipient's account in two equal installments for the Fall and Spring semesters.

To release the initial scholarship payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill, verifying enrollment in the Fall semester to the Community Foundation’s online Consolidated Scholarship Application between July 1 and August 15.

To release subsequent semester payments, upload the requested and required information including your un/official transcript and theNautilus Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation between July 1 and August 15 verifying continued enrollment.

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


The undergraduate scholarship is renewable up to three times for a total of four awards in four consecutive years Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.

Nautilus Scholarship Renewal Form

The trades program scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Donor Information

A group of local architects, construction managers, and educators created this scholarship to provide opportunities for the next generation of design, construction, and education professionals.

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


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

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