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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

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 and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters. Awards historically up to $10,000 each; not to exceed the cost of tuition.

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

To begin or continue your application, click here.

This scholarship is one of dozens connected to our Consolidated Scholarship Application. Applying for this scholarship means you’ll be considered for any other relevant opportunities within the Consolidated Application.

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 in April. Payment is made to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.

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

To release the Spring semester payment, upload the requested and required information including your unofficial transcript, class schedule, tuition bill, and the verifying enrollment with a minimum of six credits and minimum 2.0 GPA to the Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between December 1 and February 15.

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


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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