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Bring Cornell Home 

To Do Good for Our Great Local Students!

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

Last year, as part of our "65 for 65" campaign, 66% of our member households contributed $22,732 to our scholarship fund. Thank you for your support! 

This year's campaign, "Bring Cornell Home: To Do Good for Our Great Local Students," ties into Cornell’s To Do the Greatest Good campaign and highlights the fact that your gifts bring Cornell home by helping Sarasota and Manatee County students benefit from all the opportunities Cornell offers.

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 comes as an immense benison [blessing], lightening my financial burdens and allowing me to continue placing the most effort possible into my studies at Cornell.”

“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 2023 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 June 30, 2022: $532,462June 30, 202532,462

Payout for Fiscal Year 2022: $17,298

Projected Payout for Fiscal Year 2023: TBD

Amount Given to our Fund in Calendar Year 2022: $22,732

Thank you for
your support!

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.

    • Wed, October 04, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 215 N Cattlemen Rd Unit 60, Sarasota, FL 34243

    Fundraise for the CCSM Scholarship Fund at Blaze Pizza (UTC location only) 4-8PM

    20% of your order goes into the fund that Cornell manages and assigns to our local students who have demonstrated financial need.

    Blaze Pizza offers freshly-prepared, custom pizzas with any number of toppings, all for one price. Choose from one of the signature pizzas, or build-your-own with a wide selection of toppings free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners. Gluten-free, cauliflower and keto crusts are available, plus vegan cheese and plant-based spicy chorizo for pizza fans with specific dietary needs. They also have delicious salads too! 

    Dine-in, carry-out, and curbside service available.

    Use Promo code "1070 B" when ordering online and show this flyer (digital/on your phone ok !) in person.

    We need at least $250 of gross sales, which means 15-25 people so please RSVP to let us know if you plan on participating.

    Sample of their delicious & fresh made menu

    Link to order online for delivery at

    Use Promo code "1070 B" when ordering online 


Thu, March 16, 2023 #GivingDay2023
Tue, November 29, 2022 #GivingTuesday2022

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