The Farash Quality Education Initiative

Nothing could be more important than to give every young person, no matter his or her socioeconomic background or personal circumstances, the opportunity to succeed. The opportunities offered (or not offered) in the schoolroom will significantly affect the lifelong trajectories of these students. Their future well-being—and that of the Rochester community—hangs in the balance.
In 2016, the Farash Foundation has begun to focus its secular giving primarily on a single objective: dramatically improving the quality of education in the City of Rochester, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Farash Quality Education Initiative seeks to support the creation and expansion of the schools, programs, and policies that enable children to succeed. Taking a holistic approach, it also focuses on ancillary programs to support parents, families, and pre-kindergarten children; recruitment of inspiring educators; and the engagement of community stakeholders.
The quest for quality education calls for Foundation involvement and support in a number of related areas:
  • Public charter schools: Constituting important, viable alternative models in public school education

  • Beacon schools: District schools that also serve as neighborhood centers for youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development

  • Alternative schools: Providing nontraditional learning environments

  • Select city school district programs: Offering new and exceptional approaches to high quality education

  • Asset-based community development: Targeted education support for schools located within the footprint of Connected Communities, Inc., which focuses on the EMMA/Beechwood neighborhoods in Rochester’s southeast quadrant

As the Foundation directs significant resources to Quality Education Initiative over the next five years, partners and collaborators will be sought from many quarters—locally, regionally, and nationally. Indeed, the initiative is now prompting a substantial change in the way the Foundation conducts its work.

Founders Max and Marian Farash believed in the importance of education in all of its aspects, and expressed a heartfelt desire to have the Foundation focus in large part on education. Thus, true to its underlying mission, the Foundation sees the Quality Education Initiative as the most fitting contribution it can make to one of the paramount critical issues facing Rochester today.

Most grantmaking in the education category will be done by invitation only. Limited open RFPs will be offered.

First in Family Scholarships

In 2012, the First in Family Scholarship Program began providing scholarships for students at institutions of higher education in Monroe and Ontario Counties: Finger Lakes Community College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, SUNY College at Brockport, and University of Rochester.

Supplementing the financial awards to each student from his or her institution, the Foundation is supplying all additional funds needed to completely pay for the Farash Scholar’s tuition, room and board, textbooks, and mandatory fees. The Foundation’s support continues over the course of the students’ college careers, up to five years. See more information here.