Rochester Cavalry Troops Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial support to people connected to units, detachments, and elements of the New York Army National Guard located in Monroe County, New York who are planning to pursue post-secondary education.

Application Period

December 1 to March 1

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; paid in one-half the total award in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Awards historically up to $10,000 each; not to exceed tuition costs.

Allowed Use of Award

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

Eligibility Criteria

Current or recently retired (within one year) National Guard members connected to Patriot Way, as well as their spouses and dependent children. Also considered for eligibility are surviving spouses and dependent children of National Guard members connected to Patriot Way in Monroe County who lost their lives during battle, training, or when otherwise on duty. Note that a surviving spouse who has remarried is no longer eligible.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need, scholastic merit (2.0 GPA or higher), and a good record of military proficiency and conduct;
  • Be accepted by a school, college, or university; and
  • Be enrolled in full- or part-time study (minimum six credit hours per semester).

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, 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, New York Army National Guard representatives, and community members reviews applications and selects the recipient(s).

NOTE: Late or incomplete packets will not be reviewed. Satisfactory applicants will be invited in writing to interview with the committee during the summer months.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account in two equal payments for the Fall and Spring semesters.

To release the initial Fall semester payment, send the following documentation to the Community Foundation between July 1 and September 1: a class schedule or un/official transcript verifying enrollment with a minimum of six credits; tuition bill showing all costs and financial aid; and the acceptance form.

To release the Spring semester payment, send an un/official transcript to the Community Foundation between December 1 and February 15 verifying enrollment with a minimum of six credits and minimum 2.0 GPA; also include a tuition bill with all costs and financial aid. Scholarships not claimed within the assigned semester will be forfeited.


This scholarship is not renewable; however, students may reapply each year they are eligible.

Donor Information

The Rochester Cavalry Troops Corporation established this program in memory of Major General Kenneth C. Townson.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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