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  Partnerships, Scholarships, Service, and Recognition

The Rome College Foundation (RCF) is committed to serving the Rome New York community's needs by promoting and enhancing improved higher educational opportunities for our local students ... building a better workforce for the future.

With grants from the Sears Family Foundation, the Foundation co-sponsored several programs administered by the Chamber's Education Committee, including: Sophomore Mentoring Program for students at RFA, RCS, and NYSSD; College Night at RFA; the "Be Cool" substance abuse education program in cooperation with Rome Memorial Hospital for fifth graders; the "Starting Off On The Right Foot" program for college-bound high school graduates; and the traveling art exhibit by elementary school students.

The Board of Trustees appreciates the support from the business community and the recognition provided by elected officials.

College Night at RFA

Every October, over 180 colleges, military representatives, and technical schools attend Rome Free Academy's College Night. The event is open to students of Rome, Oneida, Holland Patent and other surrounding schools. The Rome College Foundation distributes information about the Foundation's many offerings to students and parents.


Representing the foundation at College Night 2016 are Mary Faith Messenger, President, and Sue Carvelli, Secretary.

New - Make Your Donations Online

You can now Donate Online using PayPal.

For more ways to donate, visit the How to Donate page or How to Establish a Scholarship page.

Another New Scholarship For Graduating Seniors

The Rome College Foundation has added another scholarship available to graduating seniors: the Julius J. Perillo Scholarship ($2000) to a Rome Free Academy senior who plans to pursue a career in teaching, has made a sustained, positive impact in their community and has achieved academic success in high school.

For more details on these scholarships (and all the Rome College Foundation opportunity), visit the How to Apply page.

2016 M. Carolyn Glesmann Scholarship Recipient

Jared Smaldon of RFA who will major in Biochemistry at Utica College

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2016 Annual Report

To see all the details about awards and scholarships for the past year, download the 2016 Report to the Membership (pdf).