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

SCHOOLS AND SCHOLARS:

Finger Lakes Community College

Gabrielle Wilkins
2016
Deongella Rhett
2016
Constance Lisk
2017

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Courtney Franceschi
2016
Audrey English
2017
Sarah Taylor
2018
Mia Morrison
2019

Monroe Community College

Tanisha Dominguez
2016
Jason Figler
2017

Nazareth College

John Ernst
2017
Htoo Lar Paw
2017
Christopher Peterkin
2018
Duyen Nguyen
2019

Roberts Weslyan College

London Booker
2016
Brittany Haller
2017
Kraig Johnson
2018
Nina Fedorchuk
2019

Rochester Institute of Technology

Tashae Williams
2016
Najua Baaith-Mercado
2017
Quyen Pham
2018
Luis Madera
2019

State University of NY at Brockport

Mijana Coric
2017
Layla Tarricone
2018
Heidi Robles
2019

St. John Fisher College

Luis Rodriguez
2016
James Janowski
2017
George Roba
2017
Brian Tran
2018
Selena Soto-Castrechino
2019

University of Rochester

Henry Le
2016
Mohamed Abdukadir
2018
Andrew Kaseman
2019