STEM Scholars (formally Minority Science) Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to address the unmet financial need of high school graduates from the city of Rochester who plan to attend college and major in science, technology, engineering, or math.

Application Period

December 1 to March 1

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $6,000; paid as $1,500 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid in the Fall semester.

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 residing in the city of Rochester who:

  • Are planning to pursue a STEM concentration at any two- or four- year college or university;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale); and
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need;

Preference is given to minority students and to students whose course of study culminates in a degree in the fields of environmental studies or the sciences.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must live in the city of Rochester and live within one of the following zip codes:

14604, 14605, 14606, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14610, 14611, 14612, 14613, 14615, 14616, 14617, 14618, 14619, 14620, 14621, 14622, 14623, 14624, 14625, 14626, or 14627

NOTE: Some zip codes listed above are shared between the city of Rochester and surrounding suburbs. Refer to the City of Rochester map for eligibility.

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 of Community Foundation staff and community representatives reviews applications and selects the recipients.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship is payable once per academic year and can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is made to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the initial scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying enrollment in a science, technology, engineering, or math program at a two- or four-year college or university. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript or the STEM Scholars Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued enrollment in a science, technology, engineering, or math program at a two- or four-year college or university and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This 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.

STEM Scholars Renewal Form

Donor Information

This scholarship was established in 1994 to provide financial support to minority graduates of the Rochester City School District who plan to study science, particularly environmental science, in college.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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