scholarships and grants
Merit-Based Scholarship Awards
In addition to the Park Fellowships described below, Johnson has over $1.5 million in merit-based scholarship funds to award each year to new students. We provide partial scholarships to a substantial percentage of our students. Merit scholarships are awarded without regard to citizenship. If a student is selected to receive a scholarship it will be included in their admission decision notification. Almost 30 percent of Johnson students receive some scholarship assistance. Merit Scholarship recipients are selected by an Admissions Scholarship Committee. The same criteria are used to determine merit as are used to evaluate applicants for admission: demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills, prior academic performance, exam scores, the range and depth of work experience, writing skills, interpersonal skills, extracurricular and community involvement, recommendations, previous achievements, focus and goals.
Johnson Endowed and Annual Scholarships
Merit scholarship award recipients are automatically considered for named scholarships funded by our alumni, corporate partners and individual donors. A separate selection process to award named scholarships is conducted during the summer or fall semester. These named awards replace merit awards already received, and do not provide additional funds to the recipient. These awards are considered academic honors that may be included on your resume. No additional information or form is required to be considered. Some named scholarships may target certain criteria such as gender, citizenship, geographic, ethnicity, academics, and area of concentration. Although applicants are not able to apply a scholarship recipient may be selected once they matriculate. See a complete list of our endowed and annual scholarship funds.
Students who enroll without scholarship funding during their first year will not receive scholarship support in the second. The notable exception is the school's prestigious Fried Fellowships. Fried Fellowships are awarded to five second year students based on academic excellence and contributions to Johnson.
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellowship
Johnson became a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management in 2009. The mission of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and some of our country's top corporations, is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools' enrollments and the ranks of management. Candidates who apply and are accepted through The Consortium are considered for full-tuition, merit-based Fellowships and benefit from ongoing professional development opportunities. The Consortium Fellowship is open to qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents from these underrepresented groups, as well as other persons who can demonstrate a commitment to The Consortium's mission.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Scholarship
Johnson participates in the NSHMBA University Partnership Program and offers partial to full tuition NSHMBA Scholarships. Exceptional students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community are eligible for consideration. NSHMBA scholars must be U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) from either a bachelor's degree or master's degree program. The admissions committee will decide who will represent Johnson as a NSHMBA scholar. No application is needed.
In addition to our merit-based scholarships, we have Park Leadership Fellowships. The fellowship is a full-tuition grant that is awarded to up to twenty-five entering students each year. Park Fellowships are only open to U.S. citizens. If you have questions about the program, please see the Park Program's web page, or contact the Admissions Office.
Forté Fellows Program
Johnson participates in the Forté Foundation Fellows Program. Exceptional women candidates of all national origins who have been admitted are eligible for consideration of the Forté Fellowship. The admissions committee will decide who will represent Johnson as Forté Fellows. No application is needed.
Johnson participates in the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship Program. In a joint effort between top business schools and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools are the top destination to develop the out LGBT and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. Two recipients will receive a minimum of $10,000 scholarship per academic year, and also receive access to exclusive mentorship and leadership development programming through Reaching Out. The admissions committee decides who will represent Johnson as a ROMBA Fellow. No application is needed. To learn more about Reaching Out and the Fellowship visit http://www.reachingoutmba.org/.
SAI MBA Fellowships
Student Agencies, Inc. (SAI) is America's oldest independent student-run organization. Its primary mission is to offer Cornell undergraduate students hands-on experience at managing real businesses with the potential to significantly offset their tuition. SAI is composed of seven different businesses focused primarily on serving students' needs
Each year, SAI offers two second-year MBA students a stipend to serve as mentors to the undergraduate business managers. Special consideration is given to applicants with interests, skills, and experience in strategy or management consulting. If you have questions about the SAI fellowships, please call 607 272-2000 extension 16, or see www.studentagencies.com.
GI Bill Assistance (Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon)
Cornell University and Johnson have entered agreement with the U.S, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a supplement to the Post-9/11 educational benefit that further defrays the cost of higher education for military veterans. Veterans eligible for VA benefits should contact their Veterans Administration regional office for eligibility. (Please note, if you are currently on active duty status and you are 100% Post 9/11 eligible, you will need to be released from active duty no later than July 30 to use the Yellow Ribbon portion of your benefit for the fall term. Once you have obtained your certificate of eligibility letter from the VA, please forward to Johnson’s Financial Aid Office.) Cornell's Office of the University Registrar will process all forms. For further information please visit the VA website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/
Scholarships from outside the school are available from many sources. There is some effort involved in securing outside funds. The key is to apply early. Private scholarships may be based on various selection criteria: academic achievement, religious affiliation, ethnicity, memberships, civic activities, hobbies, or special talents. Start your scholarship search by contacting your employee benefits office, church, civic group(s), or any other organization you think may have scholarship opportunities. We have complied the following outside resources to get you started.
College Scholarships, Grants, Competitions and Awards Resources. You can search the Web for free on the following sites:
Scholarship information is also available online from select sources:
The Robert A. Toigo Foundation:
The Little Family Foundation MBA Fellowship Award:
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: Public Service Scholarship Program (PDF form):
Sustainable Energy Development, a Scholarship Program to encourage and support the study of sustainable energy development worldwide.
The Point Foundation: the national LGBT scholarship fund
Hispanic Scholarship Fund:
National Black MBA Association:
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation
USA Funds - Educational Scholarships:
Scholarship programs to help lower-income students pay for higher education; awards are targeted to members of ethnic minority groups or individuals with physical disabilities.
The Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc:
an affiliate of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. Applicants must be permanent residents of New York State and meet other qualifications.
Richard Metzler Scholarships:
Primary basis for selection is commitment to management consulting. Other qualities such as initiative, character, responsibility and community service are also considered.
Scholarships for international students:
The International Scholarship search:
The SmartStudent Guide to Studying in the USA:
The International Fellowships Program:
Free Canadian Scholarship search:
The Gerondelis Foundation for Greek or Cypriot Nationals:
phone (781) 595-3311.
Fulbright Scholars Program: