Cornell Scholars Program

Supported by a gift from George and Harriet Cornell, up to ten full scholarships including tuition, room and board are awarded annually to entering first-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences at Rollins College with the desire and commitment to pursue additional prestigious recognition such as Rhodes, Goldwater, or Truman scholarships during their undergraduate years. Scholarship totals include federal and state awards for which a student might already be eligible.  Cornell Scholarships are renewable for three additional years, bringing the value of each scholarship to more than $180,000 over four years.

Cornell Scholars join an exceptional group of Rollins students who are mentored as candidates for intellectual academic recognition as Rhodes, Truman, and Goldwater scholars, and as recipients of other prestigious awards.

Opportunities and Obligations

  • Invitation to join Rollins Honors Degree Program
  • Mentoring by Rollins' Office of External and Competitive Scholarships
  • Enrollment in world news in perspective course spring semester of first year
  • Participation in at least one off-campus experience such as Washington Semester or study abroad during the first three years
  • Research collaboration with Rollins faculty members
  • Maintaining 3.6 GPA
  • Living on campus for four years

Selection Process

Scholarship Finalists are selected from the College of Arts and Sciences applicant pool.  All admission applicants are considered for Cornell Scholarships on the basis of their overall academic record.  Qualifying applicants typically have SATs higher than 1420 (Critical Reading and Math) or ACTs higher than 32 (Composite) and GPAs higher than 3.6.  Strength of high school curriculum is also important.  Applicants accepted under the College Early Decision option are given full consideration for Cornell Scholarships.

Scholarship recipients will be identified from the fall applicant pool on the basis of strength of selection criteria and through a competitive process that includes interviews and essay writing held in the final stage on the College campus.

2011 Calendar

January 5

Complete Application for Admission to Rollins College including application, SAT and/or ACT test scores, school transcript, personal statement, essay, secondary school report, and counselor recommendation must be on file with:

Office of Admission
Rollins College - 2720
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789


February 1
Cornell Scholarship Finalists identified from applicant pool; invitations to on-campus selection process mailed

February 26-27
Cornell Scholarship Finalist competition, Rollins College campus; Travel expenses are completely or partially reimbursed

Mid March
Cornell Scholarship Recipients notified

May 1
National Candidate Reply Date; admission deposit required