In a program beginning next fall, the University of Rochester will give a $5,000 annual grant toward tuition to every Rochester-area high school graduate who enrolls as a River Campus undergraduate, University officials announced today.
The grants will apply to students who have graduated from a high school in Monroe, Orleans, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, or Genesee counties. The awards begin in the 1994-95 year and will be reflected in aid packages presented next spring.
"We want to say to the Rochester community that regardless of your means, if you want a private education at a world-class research university, the University will help you afford it," said President Dennis O'Brien. "This, after all, always has been -- and always will be -- our community."
He noted that community commitment is a growing part of the philosophy of the University's academic programs as well.
"We try to impress upon undergraduates the importance of service through programs like Wilson Day and other volunteer opportunities," O'Brien said. "As many as 70 percent of our students were engaged in community service during high school and many continue volunteering after they enroll. I have high expectations that these local students will know the needs of their own community and will give something back during their four years here."
As in the past, actual out-of-pocket costs to families sending a son or daughter to Rochester will vary according to the family's level of financial need. Families who demonstrate higher levels of need will receive additional financial aid, commensurate with their circumstances.
Currently, approximately 100 freshmen -- or 9 percent of the freshman class -- and 50 undergraduate transfer students from the Rochester area enroll at the University each year.