Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • The College & Career Center receives many scholarships throughout the school year. These scholarships can be accessed through your Naviance Student account.  Scholarship information is posted to Naviance as it is received.  Be sure to check the Scholarship List often, the list changes frequently. You will also find helpful information regarding the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and information about local, state and government aid here.

    To access the scholarship information on Naviance Student:

    1. Sign into your account: 

    username: student last name, first initial, graduation year
    password: student number

    2. Select the COLLEGES tab.
    3. Scroll down to SCHOLARSHIPS AND MONEY.

    Within the SCHOLARSHIPS AND MONEY tab:

    Scholarship List - list of the scholarship opportunities currently available through the College & Career Center, including deadlines, award amount, and eligibility requirements.

    Scholarship Match - matches your personal characteristics, interests, and academic performance to scholarship opportunities.

    National Scholarship Search - a searchable database of over 3 million scholarships

    ***Keep track of your scholarship applications by selecting 'Add to your List' under the the SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS tab.  Add scholarships that you plan to apply for; you can return to this list and complete the application when it's convenient for you.

    • Check the Scholarship List on your Naviance account often. 
    • Read the applications carefully.
    • Follow all directions.
    • Pay attention to deadlines.
    • If the scholarship requires a transcript, you must submit a Transcript Request Form ("Green Sheet") to the Counseling Center along with the completed scholarship application at least ten days before the scholarship deadline.
    • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
      Scholarship applications are available in hard copy in the College & Career Center.

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    RaiseMe -
    Through RaiseMe, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School students can now earn “micro-scholarships” (performance-based scholarships) from over 250 colleges for each of their academic and extracurricular achievements beginning in the 9th grade. Other counselors are using this free program to not only increase transparency around the scholarship process but also motivate students to do better in high school so that when applying to college they’re more qualified candidates for wherever they attend.

    Fastweb -
    Register on this site to get scholarship opportunities sent to your email.  Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge. Get personlized awards based on your individual profile.  Approximately 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion in aid.

    Meritaid -
    Features: $11 Billion in Merit Scholarships is offered by colleges around the country. The problem is, it's never been easy to find. Until now.  This is a comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.

    Cappex -
    Get matched to more than $11 billion in scholarships that fit you best. See what the competition is like for each of the scholarships and how much effort it takes to apply, so you can spend your time on the ones you're most likely to be awarded.

    SallieMae -

    Register for free access to more than 5 million scholarships offering up to $24 billion in free money for college. 

    Specific Scholarship Opportunities

    New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    A high school shall use uniform criteria for the selection of scholarship nominees, applicable to all competing students, such criteria to be in accordance with the requirements of this section.

    Method A: Regents test scores
    A high school, which, prior to its students’ senior year, has offered to all such students seeking Regents credit at the school either a Regents examination or a single approved alternative assessment (see, but not both, in each of the following subjects: comprehensive English, global studies, United States history/government, mathematics B, and in two or more of the following four sciences: earth science, living environment/biology, chemistry, and physics, shall select scholarship nominees on the basis of the following criteria:

    The high school shall select their winner(s) by computing a weighted average of the scores on the Regents examinations and/or approved alternative assessments taken by its students prior to their senior year, in all of the following subjects:

    The weighing of the scores shall be:
    Comprehensive English - weight of three

    Algebra 2 & Trigonometry - weight of three
    Global studies - weight of one

    U.S. history/government - weight of one
    Science - at least two, but up to four courses may be included - weight of one for each course

    Individual schools must decide, in the science area, how many sciences to use in the calculation. They must use the same number of science courses for all students in the competition though they do not need to use the same courses.

    If the approved alternative assessment is not scored on a one hundred-point scale, the high school must convert the scores on the approved alternative assessment to a one hundred-point scale. If a student elected not to take the Regents examinations listed, or an approved alternative assessment, then that student cannot compete or be selected as a scholarship winner.

    MCC Scholarships -

    Rochester Area Community Foundation:

    ROTC Scholarships:
    Air Force -
    Army -
    Navy -

    Hispanic College Fund  (for Hispanic students)

    International Students -

    UNCF - (for African-American students)

    Christian College Scholarships -;

    Disability-Related Scholarships -

    Click here for a complete list of 2018-19 scholarships which provides an overview of all scholarships that were received at Rush-Henrietta. Since the scholarships received are fairly similar from year to year, you can use this list as a reference to view all the scholarships that may become available for the upcoming year. Keep in mind, scholarship dates, essay requirements and award amounts may change.

    Financial Aid
    Every student who is applying to college, must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
    Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid.  

    The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after January 1. Remember, the FAFSA is FREE!


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    The CSS/FINANCIAL AID PROFILE is a supplemental financial aid form required by some private colleges to determine your Expected Family Contribution. Some colleges require this in addition to the FAFSA. It is a fully online service that helps colleges and organizations award their private student aid funds. The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Student Guide will be available on Oct. 1 at  Some local schools requiring the CSS/FINANCIAL AID PROFILE are Cornell University, Nazareth College, Syracuse University and the University of Rochester.  The fee is $25 for the application and $16 for each additional school report.

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    New York Financial Aid

    Last year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation’s first tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship. The Scholarship is making college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York’s students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed.
    For more information on this and for Frequently Asked Questions, click here

    Financial Aid Websites – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – CSS / Financial Aid Profile – FAFSA aid estimator – figure out what your estimated contribution will be – US Department of Education website – aid information – Provides resource to help you understand everything you need to know about student loans – The smart student guide to financial aid – The Federal Student Aid Gateway—free information, guidance and tools – Five steps to finding tuition – find money for college – New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). – New York’s 529 College Savings Program – Private Student Loans, Federal College Loans, PLUS, Stafford Loans – Federal Student Aid Website – New York State launched a new campaign and website to assist withFinancial Aid, tips on filling out the FAFSA forms. – to file the CSS Profile online.


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