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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 High School Awards

How it works

Each year, participating high schools may nominate up to four qualified students, 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.

What you’ll need

You will need your school CEEB code and the High School Awards password to complete your nomination.

When to nominate

The final deadline for nominations is June 15, 2018. If your school’s awards ceremony takes place in April, please nominate your students no later than March 15 and allow two to three weeks between the date of nomination and the delivery of the award packet.

Award packets

All award packets are mailed directly to the award nominator at their 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).

The final deadline is June 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the High School Awards Program Manager at 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 above 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
  • Positive contributions to their school andwithin 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

High School Awards on table

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

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.

May I fax the nomination form?

Submission of nominations by fax or PDF is no longer an option. Only online submissions will be accepted.

What is the priority deadline?

The priority deadline of March 15 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.

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

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

How do I get a password to nominate a student for a High School Award?

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 or (585) 575-3221.

What if I'm nominating from outside the United States?

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

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 email as soon as possible.

I misspelled a student’s name on the nomination form. How do I correct this?

Please email with the correct (and incorrect) spelling of the student’s name so the record can be corrected. Please also include your school name and your CEEB code.

When will students know they have been nominated for an award?

Award packets are mailed to schools in the spring so that they can be presented at award ceremonies. During the summer, after the end of the high school year, the Office of Admissions will contact the student to congratulate them and tell them more about the benefits of the award.

I never received an award package for a student I nominated. What should I do?

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.

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 of Arts, Sciences and Engineering 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 the Office of Admissions detailing how to note their fee waiver on the Common Application. The application fee should not be paid by High School Award winners, as it is non-refundable.

Have other questions? Please contact the High School Awards Coordinator at or call the Office of Admissions at (585) 275-3221