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Cornell 2023-2024
Tuition:         $65,204
Housing and Dining:                      $18,554
Books, Fees, and Misc.:                 $  4,392
Total (Excl. transportation):    $88,150

Thank you for
your support!

Last year we Brought Cornell Home to our local students by collecting $18,630 for our scholarship fund. Six local students received scholarships totaling $19,261. This year, recognizing that two of our students are avid sailors (and one almost made it to the Olympics), we are asking you to help Sail Our Students to Success by contributing to our scholarship fund. Our target for this year is $18,000.

Every gift, small or large, impacts the availability of money for our students from Sarasota-Manatee who are attending Cornell and who demonstrate need for financial assistance.  

Here are some comments from some recent scholarship recipients:

“This scholarship does the amazing work of lightening my tuition-related financial burdens and grants me the luxury of extra time I can now place into my variegated studies and activities at Cornell.  I look forward to joining the alumni at the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee and being able to give back to future students in need.”

“Your scholarship allows me to continue my time at Cornell without taking on interest accruing loans this academic year, and it gives me peace of mind to know there are people in my hometown looking out for me during my time at such a wonderful school.”

“I want to thank you for your generous contribution to making my Cornell experience possible.”

To learn more about the amazing students who are currently attending Cornell, view the presentation (CCSM Members only, please log in first) that was shown at our January 2024 luncheon where we honored our local students and their parents/guardians.

To donate by check:

  1. Make your check payable to Cornell University
  2. NOTE this is for the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship Fund
  3. Mail it directly to: 

Cornell University
Box 37334 
Boone, IA 50037-0334   

To donate electronicallyclick the donate button below to take you directly to Cornell's giving site for our fund; please check to see if your company will match:


Your tax-deductible gift qualifies you for Class and Cornell Annual Fund credit as well as applicable matching gift programs.  Cornell University is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

How Our Fund Works

The Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship Fund is an endowed scholarship fund, administered by Cornell and used to supplement the financial aid given to our local students. Cornell collects the gifts and designates them for local students, decides how to invest the money and how much money is paid out each year, and determines which local students receive the money. Cornell gives over $333M in aid each year and approximately half of all students receive some sort of financial aid. The mean amount given is $45,000.

Cornell manages endowed funds like ours to last in perpetuity. To this end, each year Cornell allocates a percentage to determine that year’s payout amount. Below are the numbers for our fund:

Market Value of Fund as of September 30, 2023: $540,624

Payout for Fiscal Year 2023: $19,261

Projected Payout for Fiscal Year 2024: $20,305

Amount Given to our Fund in Calendar Year 2023: $18,630

The Need

The chart below shows the average cost for out-of-state students to attend Cornell for the 2022-2023 academic year versus the median household income for Sarasota and Manatee counties. The $83,296 number for attending Cornell includes $62,456 for tuition, $17,088 for housing and dining, and $3,752 for books, fees, and miscellaneous expenses. It does not include transportation costs. The median household income numbers are from the Census Bureau and are for 2016-2020, represented in 2020 dollars (U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: United States). Additional data from the Census Bureau indicates that 8.7% of persons in Sarasota County and 10.9% of persons in Manatee County live in poverty.

As these data show, it is very difficult for the average household in our area to afford a Cornell education. Our scholarship fund is one means for making our local student’s dream of attending Cornell a reality.

    • Thu, March 14, 2024
    • Online

    On Thursday March 14th, #GivingDay2024, please join us in donating to Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee’s scholarship fund, used to supplement financial aid for Cornell students from Sarasota-Manatee. We currently have 16 local students enrolled at Cornell. It costs over $88,000 a year for out-of-state students to attend; our gifts are needed.

    Your gift plays an essential role for students from the Sarasota-Manatee area to have the best possible student experience. Offering financial resources helps ensure equity and inclusion remain at the heart of who we are as a university. Your gift makes a profound difference to a local student.

    Take a peek at the many Giving Day challenges for chances to unlock or win additional funds for Cornell. Your perfectly-timed generosity, location in the world, or social media post could make an even bigger difference!

    Karen See '80

    Chair, Scholarship Committee
    Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee

Wed, February 07, 2024 Dinner with Cornell's 2024 AutoBoat Team
Tue, February 06, 2024 Help Cheer on Cornell's AutoBoat Team at RoboBoat 2024
Wed, October 04, 2023 Scholarship Fundraiser at Blaze Pizza UTC
Thu, March 16, 2023 #GivingDay2023
Tue, November 29, 2022 #GivingTuesday2022

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