High School Awards

The University of Rochester is pleased to sponsor four prestigious award programs which recognize high school juniors’ outstanding achievements in leadership and academics.


Nomination Information

Each year, participating high schools may nominate up to four qualified students, one for each of these awards. All nominees will have their application fee waived and will be eligible to be considered for merit scholarships worth at least $7,500 per year.

Participation in these programs is open to all secondary schools. The priority deadline for nominations is March 15, 2014. If your nomination is received by this deadline, you’ll receive a certificate in April which you can present at your school’s awards ceremony. The final deadline for nominations to be submitted is June 15, 2014. All award packets will be mailed directly to the award nominator at their high school.

View the High School Awards publication.

If you have any questions, please contact the High School Awards Coordinator at (585) 275-3221, toll free at (888) 822-2256, or at hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu.



The deadline for nominations for the 2013-2014 school year was June 15, 2014.  Nominations for the 2014-2015 school year will begin to be accepted in mid-January 2015.


A Reminder of Award Qualifications

Please note, the relative weighting of award criteria is left to the discretion of the faculty at the individual high school, but all criteria should be taken into consideration.


Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award

  • High achievement and rigor in science classes
  • High PSAT Math and/or SAT Math scores

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award

  • A demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues
  • Leadership and dedication to community action
  • Strong grades and rigorous courses taken in the humanities and social sciences

George Eastman Young Leaders Award

  • Strong leadership experience at school and in the community
  • High grades and challenging courses
  • Extensive involvement in extracurricular activities

Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology

  • A strong interest in innovation and/or information technology and a high level of achievement in this area
  • Exposure to new technologies outside of school, such as pursuing serious work opportunities in local laboratories or industry
  • Leading other students to new approaches to old problems, e.g. business plans for fundraising; innovative community service; after-school activities; and best uses of internal communications tools such as chat and blogs

Commonly Asked Questions

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the Priority Deadline?
The priority deadline of March 15 is designed for schools that have awards ceremonies in the spring. This ensures that you will receive the physical awards and certificates by the end of April. If you submit nominations after March 15, the nominations are not viewed or processed any differently. However, the awards may arrive after May 1. The final deadline to submit your nomination(s) is June 15.

I want to nominate a student online, but I don’t know my school’s CEEB code?
Find your school’s CEEB code.

How do I get a password to nominate a student for a High School Award online?
To request a password, high school counselors, teachers, and administrators should contact Admissions.

I nominated a student for the wrong award. Can I change this?
If you just submitted your nomination, it may still be able to be cancelled before the award packet is mailed. If this is the case, please contact Admissions as soon as possible.

I spelled a student’s name incorrectly on the nomination form. How do I correct this?
Please contact Admissions with the correct (and incorrect) spelling of the student’s name so the record can be corrected.

When will student know they have been nominated for an award?
Award packets are mailed to schools in the spring so that they can be presented to students at award ceremonies. During the summer, Admissions will contact the student to congratulate them and tell them more about the benefits of the award.

I need a new award certificate, letter, or award. How do I get one?
Email Admissions with your mailing address, the award, and the name of the nominee. Replacement mailings can take several business days to arrive.

I never received an award package for a student I nominated. What should I do?
Send an email, making sure to include your contact information, CEEB code, school’s name, the award you’re inquiring about, and the student’s name. If the nomination was submitted properly, an award packet can be resent within a few business days.

I want to nominate two students for the same award. Is this possible?
No, each school may only select one junior to nominate per award. Additionally, no student can be nominated for more than one award.

If an award winner is admitted to Rochester and receives a High School Award scholarship, can they use it at another college or at Rochester’s Eastman School of Music?
No. Award winners are considered for the appropriate merit scholarship if admitted to The College and would not be able to use the scholarship at another institution or Eastman.

If a student receives this award, is it more likely they will be admitted to Rochester and receive a scholarship?
The Office of Admissions values the selection of students for these awards and considers this honor along with the rest of a student’s application. However, it does not guarantee admission to Rochester or the receipt of a merit scholarship.

How does an award winner process their application fee waiver to Rochester?
During the summer before their senior year, the student will receive a letter from Admissions detailing how to note their fee waiver on the Common Application. The application fee should not be paid by High School Award winners.

Have other questions?
Please contact the High School Awards Coordinator at hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (585) 275-3221 or toll-free at (888) 822-2256.