Every year since 1933, Bausch + Lomb honors outstanding high school science students with the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award.

Winners of the award are automatically considered for the Bausch + Lomb Science Scholarship at the University of Rochester.

This program is open to all secondary schools in the United States.  To participate, a school needs to complete and submit a nomination form in one of these ways.

  1. Online through the University of Rochester's high school awards program.
  2. By fax at (585) 756-8480 or toll free(800) 281-6203;
  3. By mail to University of Rochester, Awards Office, PO Box 270251, Rochester, NY 14627-0251.

The University mails notification forms to schools in December.

Award Criteria

Only current high school juniors may be selected as award winners. Students are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of freshman and sophomore year science courses and one semester of a junior-year science course.  (If a junior year science course is not offered, a one-year course in mathematics may be submitted.);
  • Academic excellence in science;
  • Rigor of courses taken in the sciences;
  • PSAT Math, SAT Math, and/or ACT Science/Math scores.

Winners of the Honorary Science Award are automatically considered for the Bausch + Lomb Science Scholarship, which provides each qualified student $7,500 per year (totaling $30,000 over four years).  Selection for this scholarship is competitive and is based upon the overall strength of the student’s application for admission to the University of Rochester.

Bausch + Lomb Science Scholarships are applicable only at the University of Rochester; they are not transferable to another institution.

Award winners may mail the completed application for admission to the following address, or they may apply online at:

University of Rochester
Office of Admissions
PO Box 270251
Rochester, New York 14627-0251

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