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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Support SCE

"If it weren't for your generosity, I would never have had this life-changing experience."

—Valeriya Khoroshun, Summer College alumna

"By awarding me the Stephen Paul Scholarship, you have reduced my financial burden, which allows me to concentrate more on what is important for me: education. Your generosity has inspired me to help others by giving back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goal just as you have helped me."

—Pedro Acosta

A donor's story: Jon Kopita '87 Changes Lives with Summer College Scholarships

"Of the most interest to me," writes Jon, "is witnessing how this scholarship changes not just the trajectory of the student, but the plight of the entire family, including his or her younger siblings."

A student's story: Sheck Mulbah (SC '15)

"I attended the Cornell Summer College during the summer of my junior year, and to this day the program is one of my most treasured experiences."

Our mission

Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) dates back to 1876 and is dedicated to fulfilling Ezra Cornell's vision of an institution "where any person can find instruction in any study."

Thanks to our partnerships across the university, SCE makes available Cornell's life-changing programs, remarkable faculty, and vast resources to more than 5,500 traditional and non-traditional students from around the world each year, from college undergrads to high school students, alumni, professionals, retirees, and even children.

SCE programs take place on campus, online, and around the world in a variety of formats and lengths to serve the needs of its diverse students.

In our Summer and Winter Sessions, students earn credits, complete requirements, accelerate their degrees, or ease their fall and spring course loads. High school students from more than forty countries come to Cornell in the summer to experience life at an Ivy League institution.

In Cornell's Adult University (CAU), participants travel with some of Cornell's most esteemed and engaging faculty members, enlarging their understanding of the world along the way. They also come to Cornell in the summer, sometimes with their children or grandchildren, for CAU's inspiring weeklong seminars in subjects ranging from art and science to politics and history. Others come to campus for SCE's professional development programs or to study part time.

If you, your loved ones, or someone you know has enjoyed or benefited from any of our programs, if you're inspired by our mission, or if you'd like to make a positive difference in the world, we hope you'll consider supporting us in any of the following ways.

Ways to support SCE

1. Make a gift

Gifts of all sizes are gratefully accepted and can be applied toward the program of your choice:

  • Summer College Programs for High School Students
  • Cornell's Adult University
  • Cornell University Summer Session and Winter Session
  • The Dean's Discretionary Fund for Continuing Education, which allows the dean to direct your gift to where the need is the greatest

How to make your gift:

  • Visit the Alumni Affairs and Development website and, directly below the question "What area(s) of Cornell would you like to support?", click the radio button and scroll down to the options for the "School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions."
  • Call 1.800.279.3099 and give your credit card information and gift designation to a member of Cornell's giving staff.
  • Mail a check (made out to "Cornell University" with "SCE" in the memo line) to Cornell University, P.O. Box 37334, Boone, IA 50037-0334.

2. Provide an internship

SCE programs that offer internships, such as the Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City and Cornell in Washington, are always looking for meaningful work opportunities for their students.

Such internships help students gain real-world experience, develop professional contacts, and explore careers, and give them a chance to develop skills that can provide a competitive edge in a full-time job search.

If you or your company is in a position to offer such an opportunity, please contact us at the Office of Special Programs, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY,, 607.255.7259.

3. Offer a scholarship for a precollege student

The generosity of a number of individuals makes it possible each year for almost 200 high-achieving, low-income students to attend our Summer College Programs for High School Students. These students gain confidence in their abilities, master critical college study skills, earn academic credits recorded on a Cornell University transcript, learn to navigate the college admissions process, and explore their areas of interest under the guidance of renowned Cornell faculty. They have the experience of a lifetime.

Each year, however, the pool of talented applicants is deep, the financial need is great, and hundreds of deserving students apply for aid that we're unable to give. Scholarship gifts of any size are needed to bridge this gap.

To learn more, visit the Summer College giving pages for information about the general scholarship fund, current scholarships, and the sponsors and partnerships that are making a critical difference in the lives of students who receive their support. And check out an editorial in The Hill by SCE's Glenn Altschuler and Jim Schechter about “How to make college accessible to students from rural communities.”

As Summer College scholarship recipient Madelyne Serrano said, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. Thanks to your kindness, I was able to attend Summer College. It was a short three weeks, but those three weeks have changed my life. Attending Summer College showed me what I am capable of accomplishing and how to do it."

To make a gift to Summer College, visit the Summer College giving page or contact Summer College Director Jim Schechter at, 607.255.6203.

For more information about supporting SCE

For more information about ways to support SCE or to discuss a gift to SCE, please contact

Glenn C. Altschuler, Dean
School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
Cornell University
B20 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801
Phone: 607.255.7393

Thank you.