The Cornell Promise

Cornell has been steadfast in its commitment to Ezra Cornell’s vision of “an institution where any person can find instruction in any study,” by providing an excellent education to highly qualified students regardless of their background or financial circumstances.

Generations of Cornellians have taken pride in upholding that vision by making gifts to support student scholarships, in good times and bad.

Today, the pandemic has exacerbated economic conditions that are already making the experience of many families far from equitable and far from secure. For every one percent increase in the national unemployment rate, Cornell is anticipating another 275-300 students will be added to financial aid rolls, increasing the overall aid budget by at least $7.7 million. The Cornell Promise initiative will help meet this need by raising additional current-use financial aid dollars for fiscal years 2021 through 2023.

Cornell Promise FAQ

Are there opportunities to create term scholarships through Cornell Promise?

Each Cornell Promise scholarship of $25,000 or more will be awarded on behalf of the donor or donor family as a “term scholarship.” You can direct your Cornell Promise scholarship to your college, or to the Provost to disburse where needed most.


Contact: Kristen Ford, associate vice president for colleges and units