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Celebrate 65 Years of CCSM

Help Local Students Attend Cornell

Support our Scholarship Fund because 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 aid. The fund and choice of students are administered by the university.  

Currently, Cornell tuition is $60,286, plus $16,396 for housing and dining and $3,605 for books, fees, and miscellaneous expenses for a total of $80,287, excluding transportation.

Local students with demonstrated financial need are given assistance with a combination of grants (such as from our fund), loans, and work-study.

In honor of the club’s 65th anniversary and as part of our “65 for 65” campaign, we have set a goal that 65% of our member households contribute a gift of $65 or a multiple of that number to the scholarship fund this year. Please consider a gift now and help us reach our goal.

To learn more about the amazing local students who recently graduated or are currently attending Cornell, login to membership news to view the presentation that was shown at our January luncheon where we honored our local students and their parents/guardians.

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


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                                                

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.

The Need

The chart below shows the average cost for out-of-state students to attend Cornell for the 2021-2022 academic year versus the median household income for Sarasota and Manatee counties. The $80,287 number for attending Cornell includes $60,286 for tuition, $16,396 for housing and dining, and $3,605 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 2015-2019, represented in 2019 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.

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 9/30/2021: $533,591

Payout for Fiscal Year 2021: $17,387

Projected Payout for Fiscal Year 2022: $17,089

Amount Given to our Fund in Calendar Year 2021: $5,735

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