Scholarships and Awards

Needs Based Scholarship Opportunities

These awards were established in 1998 through Cornell’s Scholarship Challenge Campaign by John S. Dyson ’65.

  • Alpha Zeta
    • A. Joseph Fairbank '48 Scholarship
    • David J. & Martha Nolan Scholarship
    • James R. Weisbeck Scholarship
    • Robert V. Call Jr. Scholarship
  • Beta Theta Pi
    • Beta Theta Pi Scholarship
  • Delta Delta Delta
    • Martha P. & Lucian L. Leape Scholarship
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
    • Chairman Award
    • Robert Trent Jones Delta Kappa Epsilon Scholarship
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
    • Susan Robbins & Jonathan Koslow Scholarship
  • Kappa Sigma
    • Kappa Sigma Scholarship
  • Non-Designated
    • Jesse & Barbara Silverman Scholarship
    • John S. Dyson
  • Phi Gamma Delta
    • Fred C. Hart/Phi Gamma Delta Scholarship
  • Phi Kappa Psi
    • Martha P. & Lucian L. Leape Scholarship
  • Sigma Chi
    • Gordon J. Whiting/Sigma Chi Scholarship
  • Sigma Phi
    • Sigma Phi Scholarship
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
    • Carol Winter & Charles Mund Fraternity/Sorority Scholarshp

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible? 

The awards are need-based and intended for Greek undergraduates who demonstrate leadership qualities or hold a leadership position in their respective chapter. Students who qualify for grant and work-study through the Cornell Financial Aid Office and demonstrate a significant leadership role in their chapter are eligible. In the event a student meeting the financial-aid criteria cannot be identified in the group of nominees, another deserving member of the chapter who meets the necessary requirements may be selected to receive the scholarship. Awards are for the following year and graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

How to apply for a Fraternity and Sorority Scholarship Award?

Students should submit a self-nomination form to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs by June1.  Financial aid application materials must also be filled out and received by the Office of Financial Aid.

How does it affect financial aid?

This award is a scholarship grant that relieves all or portions of the recipients’ work-study requirements for the following academic year.

How to receive a Fraternity and Sorority Scholarship Award?

Students who have grant and self-help components in their financial aid package and are selected based on rank order established by the chapter and alumni.

Cornell Tradition Fellowship Award

Cornell Tradition Fellowships are awarded to undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to work and service. Approximately 500 Fellowships are awarded each year. Fellowships include the possibility of a $4000 loan replacement, $3500 support account, wage subsidy, and other financial benefits. 

  • Cornell Tradition Fellowship, Alpha Delta Phi
  • Cornell Tradition Fellowship, Alpha Phi
  • Vance & Louise Hazzard Cornell Tradition Fellowship, Sigma Phi
  • Archie & Ester Dotson Cornell Tradition Fellowship, Zeta Beta Tau

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Current Cornell students, who were not chosen as entering freshmen to be in the Tradition program, may apply in the spring of their freshman/sophomore/junior year to be admitted into the program at the beginning of the next academic year.  Specific fraternity or sorority Tradition Fellowships may already be filled by current house members.  However, Greek affiliated students are still eligible to receive other open Tradition fellowships.

How do I apply for a Cornell Tradition Fellowship?

Current students applying for a fellowship need to complete the minimum requirements, as well as try to exceed those requirements.  Upper-class student selection is competitive, so all students applying for a fellowship should do their best to compile as many work and service hours as possible.

Council Specific Award Opportunities

Panhellenic Council

  • New Member Dues Award Program

An award is given to 13 new members based on need to off-set the new member dues cost.

  • Current Member Dues Award Program

An award is given to select members based on need to off-set the membership dues cost.

Interfraternity Council

  • New Member Dues Award Program

An award is given to select members based on need to off-set the new member dues cost.