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Merit Scholarships at NTID

General Guidelines

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students can receive substantial scholarships through our merit scholarship programs. 

Merit scholarships at RIT/NTID are awarded in recognition of academic and extracurricular achievements, regardless of a student’s financial need. These scholarships are most often awarded based on a review of information already provided to NTID’s Office of Admissions as part of the admission process.

Some students who are awarded merit scholarships choose not to apply for need-based financial aid. Many others receive merit scholarships as part of a comprehensive financial aid award that may also include need-based grants, loans, or employment opportunities.

General guidelines pertaining to merit scholarships at RIT/NTID include the following:

  • Students who submit all required admission credentials by February 1 will automatically be considered for merit scholarships. In most cases, an additional merit scholarship application is not required.   
  • Entering students selected to receive an RIT/NTID merit scholarship will be mailed a notification letter specifying the scholarship amount and renewal requirements. 
  • Scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic performance with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher. 

NTID President’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence

NTID President’s Scholarships for Academic Excellence are awarded to outstanding first-year RIT/NTID students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Recipients are selected based on a comprehensive review of the student’s academic record, ACT or SAT scores, activities, and demonstration of outstanding leadership and extracurricular activities. Award amounts are up to $3,000 annually.   

NTID Merit Scholarships for Academic Excellence

NTID Merit Scholarships for Academic Excellence are awarded to outstanding RIT/NTID students.  Recipients are chosen on the basis of the strength of their overall application materials including grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, activities and recommendations. Award amounts are up to $3,000 annually. 

Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Merit Scholarships

Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Merit Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who are admitted to an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program and are chosen on the basis of their grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, activities and recommendations. Scholarship awards are for $2,500 annually and are increased by an additional $1,000 when the student successfully enrolls in the bachelor’s degree program. 

RIT Merit Scholarships

Students accepted directly to RIT bachelor’s degree programs are also eligible for consideration for RIT Merit Scholarships. Amounts are prorated in order to reflect the lower tuition rate for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Three merit scholarships are described below. Get more information on these and additional RIT Merit Scholarships for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

RIT Presidential Scholarships

Freshman applicants with a score of 1950 or higher on the three combined sections of the SAT (ACT 28) and secondary school rank in the top 20 percent or combined SAT of 1860 (ACT 27) and a secondary school rank in the top 10 percent at the end of the junior year are considered for RIT Presidential Scholarships. Amounts range from $1,000 to $3,500 per year.  

RIT National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholarships

Scholarships of $1,000 per year are awarded to semifinalists or finalists in any of these three national scholarship programs.    

RIT Achievement Scholarships

Freshman applicants with combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher (ACT 26), strong extracurricular achievements and a B+ average are considered for these scholarships. Amounts range from $1,500 to $2,500 per year. Students who qualify for an additional RIT merit scholarship (such as an RIT Presidential Scholarship) will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the higher amount.