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The future wellbeing of Rochester’s children, and—in turn—the Rochester community, depends on those students access to a high-quality education, every day, every year, and at every grade. Despite many efforts, access to a quality education remains limited and the status quo lives on. We can do better. 

In 2016, Farash Foundation began to focus its secular giving primarily on a single goal: to create more quality pre-K-12 seats for children who live in the city of Rochester. As our strategy for meeting this objective continues to evolve, the Foundation will measure the success of its efforts by the extent to which every single child sits in a high-quality seat.

The Farash Quality Education Initiative is a multi-year commitment to pre-K-12 education in Rochester in clearly measurable ways. To that end, the Foundation is aligning resources and coordinating efforts around three key strategies:

  • High Capacity Teachers and Leaders
  • Effective Family and Community Engagement
  • Supportive Policies and Partnerships

Our grantees are our partners. Some of our partners are schools run by high-capacity leaders and we work to ensure their lasting success. Others work with us to create the infrastructure necessary to allow existing quality schools to thrive and to attract great leaders to our work. Currently, the Foundation’s partners include:

  • Enrico Fermi School #17
  • Renaissance Academy for the Arts Charter School
  • Vertus Charter School
  • E-3 Rochester
  • Relay Graduate School of Education
  • ROC the Future, part of the StriveTogether Network
  • Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
  • Connected Communities

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


In 2012, the First in Family Scholarship Program began providing scholarships for students who are first in their family to attend college at institutions of higher education in Monroe and Ontario Counties. These colleges include: 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 the 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.