Women's Week Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To assist women residing in Monroe and Genesee counties who are returning to school after being out of school for a period of time, either to raise a family or because of work.

Application Period

November 1 to February 1

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; maximum $2,500. Award paid in one lump sum 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 mature female residents of Monroe and Genesee counties who:

  • Are returning to school after being out of school for a period of time (examples include: being out of school to raise a family, entering the workforce before completing a degree or attaining your educational goals, or needing to attend or return to school to regain economic independence or to reenter the workforce or the community);
  • Are pursuing an undergraduate degree at a college in Monroe or Genesee county on a full- or part-time basis; and
  • Have financial need.

Preference is given to women who have been active in the community, especially in activities of special relevance to women.

The committee will take into consideration academic merit and progress towards degree completion.

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 of Community Foundation staff and community representatives reviews applications and selects the 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 for the recipient's account in two equal installments for the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship 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.

Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email scholarships@racf.org with any questions or concerns.


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


Women's Week scholarships are supported by the following Community Foundation funds:

  • Women's Week Fund (one award of $2,500);
  • Woman's Educational and Industrial Union Fund (up to three awards of $2,500);
  • Warren H. and Maria R. Olmsted Fund (up to five awards; maximum $2,500);
  • Jacqueline and Richard Archer Women's Scholarship Fund (up to five awards; maximum $2,500);
  • Finks-Bulkeley Memorial Scholarship Fund (one award of $500 for a nursing student); and
  • Sylvia Mooney Memorial Scholarship Fund (up to two awards preferably to RIT students; maximum $2,500).

Donor Information

This fund was established to provide scholarships to adult women returning to college.

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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