High School Awards

The University of Rochester High School Awards Program

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

About The University of Rochester High School Awards

COVID-19 Update

The University of Rochester plans to continue honoring High School Award nominations submitted prior to the final June 15th deadline. However, with the temporary closings of high schools throughout the country, we are going to postpone sending out the physical awards until schools have re-opened and the awards can be safely received by a faculty or staff member.

How it works

Each year, participating high schools may nominate up to four qualified juniors, one student for each award. Participation is open to all secondary schools.

Benefit to the students

All nominees will have their application fee waived and will be eligible to be considered for merit scholarships worth at least $10,000 per year.


Thank you for your support of the University of Rochester High School Awards Program. The 2019-2020 nomination season will open mid- to late-January, 2020. We look forward to receiving the nomination of your juniors at that time.

Award packets

All award packets are mailed directly to the award nominator at the high school. Packets will not be mailed to the nominated students. If you’re nominating from outside of the United States, the process is the same, but the mailed award packets will contain letters and certificates only (no award items).

If you have any questions, please contact the High School Awards Program Manager at hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu or (585) 275-3221. Include your school name and CEEB code in any correspondence or message. Thank you for your support of the University of Rochester High School Awards Program.

The Awards

The relative weighting of award criteria is left to the nominator’s discretion, but all criteria listed below should be taken into consideration.

Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award

  • High achievement and rigor in science and math classes
  • Positive contributions to their school and within the larger community

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award

  • 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

  • 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)

Frequently Asked Questions

No, each school may only select one junior to nominate per award. Additionally, no student can be nominated for more than one award.

Only online submissions will be accepted. Once you have successfully completed and submitted your nominations, if the system directs you to an additional form page, you may need to scroll to the top of the page and select the “LOG OUT” button to nominate the next student.

The March 15 deadline is intended for schools that have awards ceremonies in April or early May. 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, but the awards may arrive after May 1. The final deadline to submit your nomination(s) is June 15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, without exception. There is no race to nominate – there is no overall limit of how many nominations Rochester accepts in total each season. We accept nominations until the deadline

Request it from your school guidance office, or find your school’s CEEB code.

The password was included in the correspondence sent to you prior to the opening of the nomination season. If you have misplaced that password, high school counselors, teachers, and school administrators should contact hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu or (585) 275-3221.

The process is the same, but the mailed award packets will contain letters and certificates only.

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 email hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu as soon as possible. If the award packet has been mailed, there is no guarantee a change may be made to the nomination.

Please email hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu with the correct (and incorrect) spelling of the student’s name so the record can be corrected as soon as possible. Please also include your school name and your CEEB code to expedite the process.

Award packets are mailed to schools in the spring so that they can be presented at award ceremonies. In mid to late July, the Office of Admissions will contact the student to congratulate them and tell them more about the benefits of the award.

Email hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu, 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.

No. Award winners are considered for the appropriate merit scholarship if admitted to the University of Rochester College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and would not be able to use the scholarship at another institution or the Eastman School of Music.

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.

During the summer before their senior year, the student will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions detailing how to note their fee waiver on the Common Application and/or the Coalition Application. The application fee should not be paid by High School Award winners, as it is non-refundable.

If you have other questions? Please contact the High School Awards Program Manager at hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (585) 275-3221. Include the name of your school and CEEB code with any correspondence or message.