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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Giving to Summer College

Sponsors and partnerships

Below are a few of our generous sponsors and current partnerships:

  • Ivy League Connection - Since 2007, the West Contra Costa Unified School District has sent students to Summer College through the Ivy League Connection, a program that provides students with an opportunity to participate in summer enrichment programs on Ivy League campuses. The goals of the program are to boost scholarship in the district, cultivate leadership skills, and create a "college-going culture."
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - The goal of this private, independent foundation is to help talented students reach their full potential through education. Launched in 2000, it focuses in particular on students with financial need.
  • Joyce Ivy Foundation – Established to assist young women in their pursuit of higher education opportunities, the Joyce Ivy Foundation is dedicated to the academic advancement of young women in the Midwest. It has been a Summer College partner since 2009.
  • KIPP NYC - This non-profit network of free public charter schools focuses on academic achievement and character development. The goal of KIPP NYC College Prep, which opened in July 2009 to serve students from KIPP NYC's four middle schools, is to help students "develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in top-quality colleges and in the competitive world beyond."
  • Minds Matter - Founded in 1991 to help motivated students who do not have the guidance or financial support to strive for their academic goals. The mission of Minds Matter is to aid high school students in finding academically enriching summer experiences at colleges and universities and preparatory schools. The Senior Program helps seniors with their college applications process. All of the young professional mentors involved in Minds Matter are volunteers.
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) – OSSE is an education agency for the District of Columbia charged with raising the quality of education for all DC residents. OSSE works closely with the District’s traditional and public charter schools to achieve its key functions, which include overseeing all federal education programs in the District, awarding higher education financial assistance to eligible DC students, and providing resources and support to assist the District's most vulnerable student populations.
  • Schuler Family Foundation Scholars - This program works to motivate and change the behavior of high-potential students and to encourage them to strive towards a goal of graduating from a top-ranked college. The program serves students from selected high schools in the the Chicago area.
  • StreetSquash – Founded in 1999, StreetSquash is an after-school youth enrichment program in Harlem that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and one-on-one mentoring. It provides opportunities for participants to earn scholarships to various summer programs, including Summer College at Cornell.
  • The Opportunity Network – A New York City nonprofit, The Opportunity Network helps prepare talented, low-income students for college and career success. The program works with students for six years, starting in their junior year of high school and continuing through to their college graduation. One hundred percent of these students graduate from college (compared with only 10 percent of low-income students nationwide), and within six months of graduation, 85 percent are admitted to graduate school or find professional employment.
  • Upward Bound - A nonprofit organization run by the US Department of Education and funded by grants, Upward Bound provides free college preparatory programs for academically talented students with financial need. Through Cornell Upward Bound, area students develop the skills and motivation necessary to ensure their high school graduation, college enrollment, and success in pursuing a higher education. Cornell University Summer College collaborates with Cornell Upward Bound to locate private donor and foundation support to enable students in the Finger Lakes to enroll in Summer College.