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Education improves individual lives while collectively bringing prosperity to our entire community.


We believe improving education requires innovative approaches, collaboration between partners and the communities they serve, and a sustained commitment over time. We support like-minded institutions committed to elevating the educational experience of Rochester’s students, leading to prosperity across our entire community.

Signature Program

Within our overall Education grant program, the First in Family Scholarship is our signature program.

Collectively, our Signature Programs reflect our greatest strategic priorities and exemplify the values underlying our existence. Each demonstrates a commitment to being of service and solving a community’s most persistent challenges, and each does so through insightful and innovative approaches. Most of all, they require and recognize impact.

First in Family Scholarship

The First in Family Scholarship Program began providing scholarships for students at institutions of higher education in Monroe and Ontario Counties, enabling first-generation college students to graduate debt-free.



Guidelines & Restrictions

Grantseekers must be based in Monroe or Ontario Counties and be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. They cannot be classified as private foundations or Type III supporting organizations under Section 509 of the Code.

In addition, grants cannot be used for research, funding individuals, or lobbying or attempts to influence legislation. Proposals should also be limited to projects to be undertaken in Monroe or Ontario Counties.


To learn more about our grantmaking process, please visit our Grantmaking Resources page.


If your organization and proposal meets the criteria above, please contact Todd Waite, our program officer for Education, by calling (585) 479-4469 or sending an email. Please note that Education programs are temporarily closed as we devote all resources to our Covid-19 Relief Fund.

Todd Waite, Program Officer

Todd Waite

Program Officer

(585) 479-4469