High School Awards

The University of Rochester is pleased to sponsor four prestigious awards that 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 student for each award. 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.

Participation in these programs is open to all secondary schools. The final deadline for nominations was June 14, 2017. All award packets were mailed directly to the award nominator at their high school. 

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

View the High School Awards and Counselor Programs publication.


Thank you for your support of the University of Rochester High School Awards Program. The 2016–2017 nomination season closed on June 15, 2017. We anticipate opening the 2017–2018 nomination season in mid-January 2018.

If you have questions, please email hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu.

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
  • 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

Commonly Asked Questions

Commonly 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.

Submission of nominations by facsimile is no longer an option. Please submit your nomination(s) online or print and complete the .pdf form and email it to hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu.

The priority deadline of March 15 is designed 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, however, the awards may arrive after May 1. The final deadline to submit your nomination(s) is June 15.

To request a password, if prompted to do so, high school counselors, teachers, and school administrators should contact hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu or (585) 575-3221, or toll free at (888) 822-2256.

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 hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu as soon as possible.

Please contact the High School Awards program manager at hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu with the correct (and incorrect) spelling of the student’s name so the record can be corrected.

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.

Send an email to 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 College and would not be able to use the scholarship at another institution or Eastman.

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 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 hsawards@admissions.rochester.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (585) 275-3221 or toll-free at (888) 822-2256.