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I believe that college is the only way to achieve (my) career goal and further myself. This grant will help take a little worry and stress off the expenses of college.
-- Jasmina Heganovic,
2012 grant recipient

Last Dollar Grants

What happens when students without a lot of money start college? Often they can't afford what other students take as basic requirements for living -- an occasional weekend home, bed sheets and blankets, and even books needed to excel. For many, a used laptop would be a godsend.

That's the point of the Last Dollar Grants, launched by the

Monroe High School Class of 1960 as a gift to the Monroe High School community. Since 2012, the fund at REF has donated $500 per year to three students.

As one student told us: "I was overjoyed to learn of my selection for this honor...The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses, and it will allow me to concentrate more of my time...studying."

In the Fall of 2012, Paul Goldberg, a member of the Class of 1960, engaged a group of his fellow class members -- including current Monroe teacher Ruth Cohen -- to support present students in honor of the 50th anniversary of the class.

In the Fall of 2013, The Monroe High School Class of 1963 decided also to support the fund with a generous gift. This will enable more students to receive this Last Dollar support.

Grant Recipients


2012 Recipients
L to R: Madeline Wearen, Luis Miguel Rivera-Cruz, and Jasmina Heganovic

To the right are some of the recipients of Last Dollar grants are students Madeline Wearen, Luis Miguel Rivera-Cruz, and Jasmina Heganovic. In their applications, students noted that they have been seeking ways to fill the gaps between scholarship, work and whatever funds their families can contribute.

Click here to read more about the 2012 grant recipients.

Support the Program



Use the button at right to make a donation in support of REF and the Last Dollar Grants program.

Bring Last Dollar Grants to YOUR School

REF would love to expand the Last Dollar Grants program to other high schools in the Rochester City School District. Want to help us at YOUR school? Call the REF office at 271-5790 or e-mail us at

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