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Undergraduate Scholarships

Top seniors and their teacher-mentors honored

On May 22, the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honored 32 outstanding graduating seniors and the high school teachers and university faculty members who made important contributions to the students' lives.

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Message from the President

Few endeavors are more important to Cornell than opening its doors to the next generation. Keeping Cornell within reach of talented students from all backgrounds remains an enduring principle of our university, creating greater access and opportunity.

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Our Vision and Goals

With Cornell’s enduring commitment to need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid, we are today’s opportunity university for students of talent, no matter their means, no matter where they were born. The university seeks to be:

  • A top destination for outstanding students who gain invaluable educational experiences on campuses that reflect the diversity of our world
  • An international model for educational access and opportunity
  • A university that graduates rising leaders who have the financial freedom to pursue careers and professions based on interests, not income

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Our Progress

We are making great strides forward toward reaching our goals to change lives, create leaders for tomorrow, and increase Cornell’s student diversity.

  • Cornell has increased the size of its grant awards to undergraduates and reduced loan obligations among its students.
  • The racial and ethnic diversity of Cornell’s first-year students continues to grow. Students of color comprise more than 40.8 percent of the Class of 2017--the highest on record.
  • Cornell has budgeted nearly $245 million for undergraduate financial aid in fiscal 2014. 
  • Students from families making less than $60,000 a year have no loan obligation in their financial packages. 
  • The number of international citizens in the Class of 2017 has reached 371.

Our Priorities

Cornell welcomes gifts of all sizes to support undergraduate scholarships and international undergraduate scholarships. Select opportunities are described below. Challenge matching funds are available to establish endowed or term scholarships.

Cornell Annual Fund for student aid: All gift sizes. Gifts go directly into scholarship funds for high-achieving undergraduate students.

Named scholarship fund: $100,000 and up. Donors may endow a scholarship and establish a fund in their name, or honor a family member, friend, or mentor. Because these scholarships are endowed, they will support Cornell undergraduates every year in perpetuity—growing in value as the university’s endowment grows.

A recently completed matching campaign has successfully created 275 new scholarships. Continued support of named scholarship funds will ensure greater access to talented students regardless of their means.

Cornell Tradition scholarship: $500,000 and up. The Cornell Tradition program awards approximately 600 fellowships each year to Cornell undergraduates who have significant work experience, make meaningful contributions to campus and/or community service, and maintain a high level of academic achievements.

Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars: $500,000 and up. This competitive scholarship program is open to undergraduates across all fields of study, and affords selected students the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor. Gifts to endow new Rawlings Scholarships can help fund research-support accounts for student use. In addition, students with need will receive financial support for tuition and to reduce their student loans.

 

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Today's Achievers, Tomorrow's Leaders

The Class of 2017 – 3,282 freshmen from 48 states and 56 countries – reflects significant gains in diversity at Cornell, …
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Class of 2012: A collection of extraordinary individuals
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The highly selective Cornell Commitment program encourages and rewards students for leadership, research, work experience, …
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Student organizations are calling for volunteers to help prepare and serve a free community dinner Nov. 20 for residents …
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There's nothing like personal experience to learn what others might need. And, if that need isn't being fully met, count …
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Our Progress: Cornell Within Reach

The increase, which will take effect during the 2012-13 school year, will fund financial aid programs and provide a 1.4 …
October 21, 2011 panel discussion of Cornell's initiatives to attract diverse student populations and focus on access and …
Human Ecology junior Dan Kuhr describes how the university's financial aid program enables him to attend Cornell.
Athletics director Andy Noel explains the significant impact of financial aid on successfully recruiting Cornell athletes.
The financial aid initiative opens doors to more low-income students, while the effects on the middle class are monitored.
Thanks to Cornell's financial aid programs, more students than ever are able to go to Cornell.?
Begun during the Far Above campaign, the Tang Challenge continues to inspire more gifts in support of international …
The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the world's largest charitable foundations, announced that it would give Cornell $15 …
Scholarships are helping create the next generation of alumni who have ambitious goals for what they want to contribute to …
Jake Swamp's mathematical ability has been apparent since he was a kindergartner. "I was already figuring out how to …

Contacts

For questions on term scholarships:

Thomas LaFalce
Director, Reunion Campaigns
Alumni Affairs and Development
tpl1@cornell.edu
607-254-6459