Scholarships from Rochester Education Foundation and RCAN for 2021

Rochester Education Foundation is pleased to announce three $1,000 scholarships available for college-bound Rochester City School District seniors for Spring 2021.

Scholarship nominations and student forms are due by March 2021. Applications can be emailed to or sent via mail to Rochester Education Foundation, 250 Mill Street, Rochester NY 14614. In April, REF will review each application and announce the awardee(s). The awards will be presented to the awardee(s) in May.

Applications must include a counselor or teacher nomination and a student application.

Download the nomination and application packet

This Year's Available Scholarships:

  • The Shashi Gholkar Scholarship Fund is provided by the Gholkar Family, REF, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, in honor of the memory of Shashi Gholkar. This fund is intended to support a RCSD student who will attend a four year college or university. Shashi believed strongly in the power of education and that all children deserve the same opportunities regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • The Vincent N. Fazio Memorial Fund was created to honor the memory of beloved math teacher Vincent N. Fazio. It is intended to provide support for an exceptional Edison senior in their educational and professional development. Applicants should demonstrate the qualities that Vincent exemplified; excellence and high achievement in academics, particularly math, service to their community and/or school, and good citizenship throughout their high school career.
  • The Pat Braus Founder’s Award Scholarship is provided by REF in honor of REF’s founder, Pat Braus. Applicants for this award should exemplify the values of REF and Pat Braus. A student demonstrates these values through academic excellence and extraordinary service to their school or their community.