Scholarships and Grants
Merit-Based Scholarship Awards
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 – open to applicants applying to the Two-Year MBA program
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.
Park Leadership Fellowships – open to applicants applying to the Two-Year MBA program
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 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.
ROMBA Fellowship – open to applicants applying to the Two-Year MBA program
Johnson participates in the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship Program, which was created as a joint effort between top business school programs and Reaching Out to demonstrate that business schools are the top destination to develop the out LGBTQ 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/.
The Toigo mission is to foster the career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent by creating mechanisms for greater inclusion from the classroom to the boardroom. To be considered for the Toigo MBA Fellowship, you must be planning to pursue a career in finance after graduation, be a minority as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. More information about the Fellowship application requirements and timeline can be found here. A recognition award of $1,000 is provided at the beginning of your association with Toigo. As you begin your second year of business school, you will be eligible to apply and/or be nominated for leadership awards providing additional funding towards your education and highlight your demonstrated commitment to the Toigo mission and your peers. To learn more about the Toigo Fellowship visit https://www.toigofoundation.org/.
The MD MBA – Dual Degree Program and Lee Family Scholarship
Weill Medical College of Cornell University has partnered with Johnson to offer medical students the option of earning an MBA degree in just 12 months. The MD/MBA dual degree is designed for students who want to pursue a career in medicine and business, preparing them for leadership roles in major health organizations, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and other health-related businesses. One medical or graduate student each year (alternating years, two students) will be granted a full-tuition scholarship for the Johnson School portion of the One-Year MBA program, thanks to the generosity of Charles R. Lee and the Lee Family Foundation. To learn more about the Lee Family scholarship visit https://gradschool.weill.cornell.edu/programs/phdmba-dual-degree-program
Lester B. Knight M.Eng./MBA Scholarship
The Lester B. Knight Scholarship is designed to assist and encourage top students to earn M.Eng. and MBA degrees at Cornell.
The scholarship is the result of a generous gift by Mr. Knight and the continuing support of his family. Knight Scholarships may provide as much as $40,000. Knight Scholars receive a $10,000 tuition award per semester for up to two semesters while enrolled as graduate students in the M.Eng. Degree program and a $10,000 tuition award per semester for up to two semesters while enrolled in an MBA degree program at Cornell. Students entering the M.Eng. Degree program with Knight Scholarships may apply to the Johnson School up to five years after M.Eng. Graduation and retain the MBA portion of their Knight scholarships. To learn more about the Knight Scholarship visit https://www.engineering.cornell.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/admissions-meng-students/knight-scholarship-program
Peter and Stephanie Nolan Veterans Scholarship
Cornell Trustee Emeritus Peter Nolan ’80, MBA ’82, and his wife, Stephanie Nolan ’84, have given nearly $2 million to help the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management support U.S. military veterans seeking an MBA. The Nolan Scholarship allows the Admissions & Financial Aid office to identify and reward outstanding Veterans who, we believe, will be an asset to Johnson.
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 tuition benefit. Veterans eligible for VA benefits should contact their Veterans Administration regional office for eligibility. Cornell’s Office of the University Registrar will process enrollment each term to the VA. For further information please visit the VA website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/ (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 prior to the start of classes to use the Yellow Ribbon portion of your benefit for the fall term.)
New York State offers a variety of scholarships to veterans, which can be found at: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/veterans-tuition-awards.html
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 compiled a list of outside resources to get you started. The list includes scholarship and grant opportunities as well as search engine links. We highly recommend registering on only one search engine and using a separate email address, set up to only receive information on funding opportunities, to keep your personal email from being overrun with information.