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Fisher Selects First Farash Scholar
In January 2012, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation in Rochester announced a new scholarship program called “First in Family,” which enables selected students from Monroe and Ontario Counties to graduate from college debt-free. The scholarships are available to students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college. The First-in-Family Scholarship (FIF) covers the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board that is not otherwise covered by federal, state, or college scholarships or grants.
Nine area colleges are part of this program—FLCC, MCC, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Nazareth, Roberts Wesleyan College, RIT, SUNY Brockport, U of R, and Fisher. Each school may designate one student per year to receive the scholarship.
The Farash Foundation’s financial support will continue over the course of the student’s college career (up to five years). As part of the scholarship requirement, each Farash Scholar will be asked to undertake community service at local non-profit organizations.
Fisher’s first Farash Scholar is incoming freshman Luis Rodriguez. Rodriguez will graduate from John Marshall High School in June. While in high school, he was on high honor roll and was a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, he received the Rochester City School District’s Hispanic Scholastic Excellence Award and the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Award. Luis is also a participant in Fisher’s College Bound Program, which introduces first-generation, low-income students to the college admission process. In addition, Luis will start his life at Fisher as a member of the Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program.
Since its founding, Fisher has been privileged to educate countless first-generation scholars. The FIF program will complement the College’s commitment to serving this important population of students.