Merit-Based Scholarships

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How do I apply for NTID scholarships?

You do not have to apply. Scholarships are automatically awarded based on your cumulative GPA and department nominations. Students who receive scholarships will be notified by mail during the summer. The scholarship also will appear on your financial aid award letter.

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing who need help to qualify for or to find a job. VR may assist with paying for college. States have various names for VR, and services vary depending on need and the state in which a student lives. The RIT Financial Aid Office will include an estimate of VR contributions to your education on your financial aid award letter. You need to apply to your state VR agency in order to qualify for those funds. It is important that you contact VR as soon as possible to learn your state's VR process and requirements so that you can benefit from their services and funding resources.

Merit-Based Scholarships at NTID

General Guidelines

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

Merit-based 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-based scholarships choose not to apply for need-based financial aid. Many others receive merit-based 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-based scholarships at RIT/NTID include the following:

  • Students who submit all required admission credentials by February 1 will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships. In most cases, an additional merit-based scholarship application is not required.   
  • Entering students selected to receive an RIT/NTID merit-based 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

NTID President’s Scholarship is 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 $4,000 annually.   

NTID Scholarship for Academic Excellence

NTID Scholarship for Academic Excellence is 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 $4,000 annually. 

Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Scholarships

Students who are admitted to an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program are awarded an additional $1,000 when the student successfully enrolls in the bachelor’s degree program. 

RIT Founder's Scholarships

Students accepted directly to RIT bachelor’s degree programs also are eligible for consideration for RIT Founder's Scholarships. Amounts are prorated in order to reflect the lower tuition rate for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Named to recognize the founders of RIT and its forerunners, Founder's Scholarships are awarded to admitted freshmen who have excelled academically, are active and involved in their schools or community, or demonstrate special talents or abilities. Consideration also may be given to outstanding leadership, service, entrepreneurship, citizenship or creativity. Portfolio evaluations or other evidence of creative excellence will also be considered for applicants to art, crafts, design, film and photography programs. Scholarship awards are $2,500-$3,500 per year. Students qualifying for an additional RIT merit-based scholarship will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest amount. Renewable. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 1 or January 1 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection. 

RIT Presidential Scholarships

Awarded to a select number of entering freshmen. Recipients demonstrate exceptional academic performance; receive exemplary letters of recommendation as well as strong entrance exam scores. Scholarship awards are $1,000-$4,500 per year. All freshman applications submitted to RIT by November 1 or January 1 (Early Decision), January 15 (Regular Decision), or November 1 for spring entry will be reviewed for possible selection.

RIT National Merit and National Hispanic Scholarships

Finalists in any of these two national scholarship programs are offered the following scholarships: RIT National Merit: $1,000-$2,000 per year; National Hispanic Scholarship: $2,000 per year.