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This scholarship is sponsored by a member of STAAR Leaders and is dedicated in memory of his father, Wilbert L. Knight.  Mr. Knight was born in Montgomery, Alabama and passed away in January 2011 after living an enriched life in Rochester, NY.

Mr. Knight  was an Air Force veteran who was a dedicated employee of RG&E.   He was also an entrepreneur.   He created a personal fleet of taxi cabs that worked in the Rochester community and at the Rochester International Airport.   Mr. Knight also created the “High Hat Lounge,” a bar and dance club.  For almost 30 years, the High Hat Lounge was a social landmark and business anchor to West Main Street and the Susan B. Anthony Preservation District.

Mr. Knight’s gregarious spirit enriched all those who knew him.   He befriended most of whom he met.   He was an adored son, brother, father, and grandfather.  He leaves behind a large group of family and friends.   He is missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Knight was a member of several social and fraternal organizations.   He was a member of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church.  He was a Free Mason and member of the B.O.E. Lodge in Rochester, NY.   Through these organizations, Mr. Knight supported many community service events and organizations.   Through his personal hard work and community affiliations Wilbert L. Knight enriched his family, friends, and community alike.

STAAR Leaders and the scholarship sponsor are proud to dedicate this award in Mr. Knight’s memory to help to keep his legacy alive. 

The Wilbert L. Knight Memorial Scholarship is awarded to any college bound individual who has maintained a good academic record in high school or college. The recipient of this award is expected to have some community service experience.

Application for this award is through the STAAR Leaders scholarship application process. Please download the application form here.


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