First in Family Scholarship

Enabling first-generation college students to graduate virtually debt-free.

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.

Farash Scholars are given opportunities to interact with each other; as a group, they have met on a rotating basis at area campuses for performances and lectures. In addition, the Scholars are asked to undertake community service with local nonprofit organizations.

Farash Scholars’ Community Service Venues

Geneva Girls’ Varsity Basketball

Geneva Heroes

Rochester Urban League

Habitat for Humanity

Boy Scouts of America

Mary’s Place Outreach Center

Living & Learning Communities

FIRST Robotics Team

University Preparatory School for Young Men

Roc E6 Youth Lacrosse

True Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ

“We at the Farash Foundation are heartened by the prospect of helping local students to be the first in their families to gain a college education without enduring the burden of a financial obligation likely to last for decades. We know this will give these scholars brighter, more productive futures—perhaps far beyond their families’ dreams.”

-Thomas H. Jackson, Foundation Trustee


Finger Lakes Community College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Monroe Community College
Nazareth College
Roberts Weslyan College
Rochester Institute of Technology
State University of NY at Brockport
St. John Fisher College
University of Rochester