Scholarships

William J. Welch Scholarship

William J. Welch was a controller at RIT for 23 years and passed away on December 17, 2004 at the age of 77. He was a certified public accountant and taught classes on campus. He navigated the RIT budget through years of major growth at the university before his retirement in 1993.

Mr. Welch was an avid sports fan and played volleyball during the lunch hour in Clark Gymnasium with a group called the “RIT Red Dogs.” He was past president of the Henrietta Kiwanis, and past president of the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.

The Henrietta Chamber of Commerce named the award after Mr. Welch as recognition for his support and dedication in administering the scholarship fund since its inception in 1988.

Students residing in the town of Henrietta who plan on attending college to prepare for a business or business-related career can apply for one of three annual William J. Welch Memorial scholarships. These $3,000 scholarships are awarded to students who best exemplify Henrietta as a community of excellence. Selection criteria include coursework, academic achievement, extra-curricular participation, work experience, leadership, and community service. scholarship winners are recognized at the annual Henrietta Chamber of Commerce Community of Excellence Awards Dinner each May.

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Past Scholarship Winners

2015
Jessica Grover
David McCarroll
Benjamin Roesch

2014
Trevor Hardwick
Bryce Mortier
Jackson Underwood

2013
Daniel Drummond
Robert Exler
Jordyn Simmons

2012
Alex Bourdelais
Marcus Gilligan
Susan Talbot

2011
Matt Bower
Emily Guelzow
Allison McCarthy

2010
Christopher Chiang
Tyler Reed
Amanda Welch

2009
Timothy Kuchman
Nicholas Line
Aysa Rao

2008
Jason Comstock
Jessica Lincoln
Jasmine Mitchell

2007
Chelsea Bajak
Serene Compitello
Yana Klevanov

2006
Subia Kahn
Brianna Ryan
Ting Zou Wang

2004
Kristen Baker
Michelle Clark
Varun Mehta

2003
Timothy Faubert
Joshua Kessler
Elizabeth Schirmer

2002
Melissa Horn
Rhea Santangelo
David Swan

2001
King Sang
Chow Shana
Page Nattawut
Ratanapongsakorn

2000
Matthew Gillman
Amy Havens
Pamela Kingsbury
Siu Ping Lau
Mengesha Tekle

1999
Jeff Barr
Ryan Beatie
Nicholas Berardi
Talia Thompson

1998
Thomas Brown
Jeffrey Neill
Emily Palumbos