Applying for a Scholarship

Our scholarship funds and their eligibility requirements are listed here.

Applying for a scholarship through the Rochester Area Foundation is easy:

Step 1. Gather Your Information

Gather all of the information you will need. Most scholarship applications require your most recent high school or college transcripts (high school seniors must include first semester senior year), and most require a list of work experience, volunteer activities, and extracurriculars.

Students/families seeking need-based scholarships should begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Through detailed information provided on the application, a Student Aid Report (SAR) is issued. Information from the SAR is used to complete financial questions on the application.

Step 2. Create an Account and Determine Eligibility

The Apply RAF portal is now open! Students start by creating a profile, and answering some basic questions to determine their eligibility for the various scholarships. A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Step 3. Apply for Scholarships

After you have completed the eligibility quiz in the Apply RAF portal, you can begin applying for scholarships by previewing the questions, and then hitting "Apply". Although you have to apply for each scholarship individually, you are able to copy your responses between applications. You can save your applications and login again at a later time to finish them if necessary.

The Scholarship Portal will close at midnight on March 1st - make sure you have completed all of your scholarship applications by then.

> Access the Apply RAF Portal and Begin Applying for Scholarships Here

Deadlines are extended for the Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Scholarship (March 30), the Kirsti Lambert Memorial Scholarship (March16), and the Walter and Pauline Castner Scholarship (March 16).

Step 4. Check Your Mailbox

Notification of scholarship awards will be made by May 1st, 2018 by email followed up with a written notification sent to the address provided on your application. If you are selected for a scholarship you must submit your college choice form to us by May 31st, 2018 so that we know where to direct your scholarship award. Award checks will be mailed to your school by July 31st, 2018.

Questions? Need help?

Call us at 507-282-0203 or contact Jane Angelone at with general questions, or Carrie Moscho at for questions regarding the Apply RAF Portal and applications.