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Local Residents Named RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars

ROCHESTER, NY – Several local residents were named 2013-2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars during a ceremony April 10 at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Brandon McGrath, son of John H McGrath and Patricia McGrath of West Monroe, N.Y., is a fifth-year student in the Chemical Engineering – BS program in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Shaemus Spencer, son of Jeane Spencer of Fulton, N.Y. and Jim Spencer of Syracuse, N.Y., is a third-year student in the Illustration – BFA program in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to students who have achieved the distinction of maintaining a minimum university grade point average of 3.85 out of a possible 4.0 and completed at least 125 quarter credit hours of study, nearly two-thirds of the credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree.

Selection is also based on other factors complementing academic achievement, such as creative work, service on student committees, civic activities, employment and independent research.

Each RIT scholar receives a bronze medallion representing the traditional symbols for wisdom and respect — the Athenian owl and the olive branch.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts.

In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

RIT enrolls 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For three decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities.

RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges, its Guide to 322 Green Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014.

To see more of RIT’s rankings and recognition, go to www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition.