In the 2015-16 academic year, over $490,000 of outside scholarships were received by Cornell College students. When a student receives an outside scholarship, Cornell College does not typically reduce gift aid, though the amount of and the ability to renew the outside scholarship are reviewed in relation to the college's need based gift award. Guidance counselors, financial organizations, churches, civic groups, or employers can help identify these awards. A good starting point is The National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators homepage at

Outside scholarships you receive will not be credited to your student account until Cornell receives the check from the awarding agency.  Cornell does not replace funding in subsequent years for scholarships that are non-renewable.

The Financial Assistance Office at Cornell does receive outside scholarship notifications from various organizations.  The Financial Assistance Office does not in any way endorse, or promote any of the organizations represented on this site.  We encourage you to fully research all scholarship opportunities and the specific requirements for each scholarship before you apply.

Available outside scholarships

Cornell receives a variety of scholarship opportunities from a variety of different sources.  Please feel free to review the list of currently available outside scholarship opportunities that we have received online.

United Methodist students attending Cornell may qualify for scholarship opportunities through the National Methodist Foundation or through the State organization.  Please review the scholarship opportunities available for United Methodist students.

Additional resources

Here are some other valuable resources:

SallieMae Pay For College

This free scholarship search offers access to an award database that contains more than 5 million scholarships worth over $24 billion. It is expanded and updated daily. Become a registered member and automatically be entered in a monthly $1000 scholarship drawing. is a reputable scholarship and financial aid information website. At they compare students' individual talents, abilities, and interests to relevant scholarship opportunities in their database. They provide this service at no charge.

ExPAN Scholarship

Search ExPAN Scholarship Search is a free Web version of the College Board's FUND FINDER scholarship database. The College Board's database contains listings of scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships and other types of financial assistance programs.

ICAN Scholarship Database
Search for scholarships for Iowa students quickly and easily.  ICAN has compiled this list of scholarships in good faith. This is in no way a complete list of all available scholarships. The organizations listed, not ICAN, are responsible for administering the scholarships.

Please note:  All scholarships are for Iowa students unless otherwise stated.  For more information on any scholarships, contact the organization listed.  


FinAid is a free comprehensive Web site of financial assistance resources sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

Super College

This site offers a large, searchable database of scholarship opportunities. There are scholarship opportunities for high school students as well as current college students.

bigfuture Scholarship Search by The College Board

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

Financial Aid for Minority Students

Students of color and other minority groups have long been underrepresented in higher education. In an effort to change that and to increase overall access to postsecondary education, numerous organizations, associations, and companies are dedicated to supporting the academic endeavors of all minority students. Navigating this financial aid landscape, however, can sometimes be overwhelming, particularly for those who may be the first in their family to attend college. To help minority students achieve their goals, AC Online created the following guide on financial aid. Students and their families can explore the different types of financial assistance available; learn where to find and access scholarship money; get tips and recommendations from a financial aid expert; and find a list of various resources for support and additional information on paying for higher education.


Contact Pam Perry in the Office of Financial Assistance to answer any questions you may have.