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First In Family Scholarship

ENABLING FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS TO GRADUATE 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 the University of Rochester.

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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, at a variety of programs, performances, and sporting events. In addition, the Scholars are required to undertake community service with local nonprofit organizations for the duration of college.

“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

Hannah Chicoine 2018
Jovonte Cook 2018
Gabrielle Wilkins 2016*

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Lea Milyk 2021
Mia Morrison 2019
Sarah Taylor 2018
Audrey English 2017*
Courtney Franceschi 2016*

Monroe Community College

Miguel Rosario 2019
Ayriona Winston 2018
Jason Figler 2017*
Tanisha Dominguez 2016*

Nazareth College

Isa Reese 2021
Vy Bui 2020
Duyen Nguyen 2019
Christopher Peterkin 2018
John Ernst 2017*
Htoo Lar Paw 2017*
London Booker 2016*

Roberts Weslyan College

Latoya McNish 2021
Andrew Rendsland 2020
Nina Fedorchuk 2019
Kraig Johnson 2018

Rochester Institute of Technology

Libnah Rodriguez 2021
Robert Graham 2020
Luis Madera 2019
Quyen Pham 2018
Najua Baaith-Mercado 2017*
Tashae Williams 2016*

St. John Fisher College

Mirishahe Beha 2021
Jazlin Garcia 2020
Selena Soto-Castrechino 2019
George Roba 2018
Brian Tran 2018
James Janowski 2017*
Luis Rodriguez 2016*

State University of NY at Brockport

Zachary Perkins 2021
Ariel Villanueva 2020
Heidi Robles 2019
Layla Tarricone 2018
Mijana Coric 2017

University of Rochester

Rexford Johnson 2021
Jenny Yau 2020
Andrew Kaseman 2019
Mohamed Abdukadir 2018
Henry Le 2016*
*Graduates