University of Rochester

Rochester City Students Receive PLUS Scholarships

August 13, 2008

Local High School Students to Get a Taste of College

Twelve local students from the Rochester City School District have been awarded PLUS scholarships to enroll in undergraduate courses through the University of Rochester's Taste of College Program. "This year's recipients were awarded full scholarships by demonstrating academic excellence, leadership skills, and community service," said Kristen Hanna, program manager for the Taste of College program.

Partners in Learning—University and Schools, PLUS, is a scholarship award program for outstanding Rochester City School District students that provides full tuition and books for a class of the selected student's choice. PLUS students enroll in regularly scheduled undergraduate courses through the University's Taste of College Program. PLUS scholars are highly motivated juniors or seniors who maintain excellent academic records throughout high school. Along with a desire to expand their learning beyond the traditional high school curriculum, students must have strong recommendations from guidance counselors or teachers. This year's scholarship winners include:

Marissa Balonon-Rosen, Wilson Magnet HS
Darisa Benitez, Edison Tech HS
Samantha Bunn, Wilson Magnet HS
Meghan Cornwall, Franklin BioScience HS
Victoria Grant, Franklin BioScience HS
Latrina Green, Franklin BioScience HS
Diamante Hill, Wilson Magnet HS
Loni Lee, Edison Tech HS
Jelisse Lopez, Dr. Freddie Thomas HS
Jalisa McCullough, Wilson Magnet HS
Tiffany Truesdale, East HS
Miles Walker, School of the Arts

About Taste of College:
For the past twenty years, the University of Rochester's Taste of College program has been encouraging motivated high school students to begin their college career at one of the top private research universities in the nation. After a selective admissions process, rising high school juniors and seniors earn college credit in undergraduate courses not offered at the high school level to pursue more rigorous and unique academic challenges. Students enrolled in the Taste of College program expand their knowledge, gain early experience of what college is like prior to attending full time, and begin college with credits and the confidence to succeed.

For more information about the Taste of College Program and PLUS scholarship, please call 585.275.6902 or visit