RIT Financial Aid & Scholarships

RIT's Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is dedicated to helping students and their families identify sources of financial aid. According to their website, "more than 13,000 RIT undergraduate and graduate students receive over $291 million dollars in financial assistance from federal, state, and institutional resources, in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment." More information about possible funding sources and how to apply for them is available on the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

In addition to RIT's financial aid packages, Imaging Science students are consistently awarded additional funding from both internal and external sources. There are many donors and organizations dedicated to making an education in Imaging Science accessible and affordable.

Exclusively for Imaging Science Students

There are several scholarships available only to Imaging Science students. Multiple scholarships are awarded each academic year. And the best part is, because of our small community of Imaging Science students, the odds are in your favor.

The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science is especially grateful to have the support of Catherine Carlson, daughter of Xerography inventor and CIS namesake Chester F. Carlson. Thanks to her generosity, we are able to help offset the cost of tuition for several deserving Imaging Science students every year and continuing for years to come.

Chester Carlson Scholarship Need and merit-based scholarships for accepted undergraduate freshman and transfer students. Once earned, this scholarship is automatically renewed each academic year provided a student remains in good academic standing in the Imaging Science program.
Carlson Imaging Excellence Scholarship Imaging Science students apply for these merit scholarships each academic year. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership, and service. Multiple awards are available. These may be combined with an existing Chester Carlson Scholarship.
Jerry Hughes Scholarship
CIS Faculty Scholarship

External Scholarships won by Imaging Science students

John Wiley Jones Award for Outstanding Students in Science Awarded to students in the College of Science in recognition of academic achievements and contributions to RIT.
The Society for Imaging Science & Technology: The Raymond Davis Scholarship One or more awards given annually to upper-level students in fields related to imaging. More info
International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE) Annual awards distributed to students for their potential future contributions to optics, photonics, or related fields. More info
United States Department of Defense - Department of Homeland Security Scholarship Scholarships for up to three years are awarded to students pursuing degrees in homeland security-focused programs. More info
United States Geospatial-Information Foundation - USGIF Scholarship Awards given to students interested in geospatial intelligence. Selection is based on scholarship and extracurriculars. More info
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Central New York Region - Student of the Year Award Program intended to advance the fields of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and related disciplines. Awards are based on research goals and accomplishments and past work. More info
Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowship Students receive support for junior and senior years of undergraduate study in an environmental field. A guaranteed internship at an EPA facility is included. More info
Various industry scholarships Imaging Science students have earned rewards from industry leaders including Boeing and Raytheon.