The Handler Scholarship is the University’s leading award given to one percent of each incoming class. Handler students will receive assured, complete financial support (tuition, fees, room, board, books, personal expenses and transportation), as well as individual and group opportunities, for the duration of the regular four-year academic program.
- A more-than-full tuition, four-year scholarship to the University of Rochester
- Individual mentoring and academic support
- $5,000 in guaranteed funding to support academic or professional enrichment
- Access to a special alumni network made up of past Handler Scholars
What does it mean to be a Handler Scholar?
- Set a good example and act as a leader on campus
- Engage in the community both on campus and in the greater Rochester area
- Belong to a supportive community of scholars and administrators
- Pursue your intellectual passions and explore your academic curiosity
Rich and Martha Handler established the program in 2007 with an ultimate commitment of $25 million. Named in honor of Handler’s parents, this is the largest contribution to student scholarships in the University’s history. Rich and Martha take an active role in the program, developing a strong relationship with the scholars. Rich earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University in 1983 and is the longest serving CEO on Wall Street; he has worked for the Jeffries Financial Group since 1990. In October 2018, the University’s Board of Trustees elected him as Board Chair.