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CALS Alumni Association Grants Program

Application for Funding from CALS Alumni Association

Academic Enrichment Program

The spring application cycle ends on March 12, 2024. The Grant Funding Review Committee (the “Committee”) will make decisions about a month after the due date. The award limit is $700.


The CALS Alumni Association Academic Enrichment Program fosters the educational goals of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) undergraduate and graduate students by providing financial support for activities that complement and enhance each student’s academic experience at Cornell and for which funding is often not available. Grants are also available for program and department activities that are not fully funded and which enrich the populations they serve. The projects which receive funding should advance the mission of the college and enhance the professional goals and academic experiences of each applicant.

The Committee may elect to fund either a portion or the total amount of an applicant’s request.

Types of enrichment support may include the following:

  • Attending leadership and professional development programs, conferences and/or other curriculum or professionally enhancing experiences
  • Travel and/or supplies related to academic work, research or internship experiences
  • Internship experience – summer, winter break, spring break, or in-semester
  • Academic research
  • Events or extension activities that foster engagement with CALS and/or educate constituency groups

CALS is a community dedicated to discovery, teaching, and translation of knowledge with public purpose.

Kathryn J. Boor ’80 Experiential Learning Fund

In 2017 the Kathryn J. Boor ’80 Experiential Learning Fund was established to help provide additional endowed funding for academic enrichment and experiential learning opportunities supported by the CALS Alumni Association.

Funding Application

Applicant Information

CALS Student Status
Provide a concise title that describes your planned activity. Be sure to include the general nature of the activity. (e.g. internship, research project, study abroad, etc.)

Project Description

Please answer each question, and be as descriptive as possible.

Please provide enough detail to allow reviewers to fully understand the nature and significance of the activity, and remember that reviewers may not be experts in your field.
Please include a budget with line items describing expenses and amounts.

Letter of Support

Please upload a letter of support from your academic advisor, research advisor, or other faculty member associated with this project. The letter should address both your strengths as well as how the proposed activity will benefit you, CALS, and/or Cornell.

Be sure to request the letter well in advance so that it can be submitted on time. Applications without letters will not be reviewed.
One file only.
2 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.

Terms of Agreement

I attest that, if my request is approved, funds will be used only for the purpose or intended use described herein. I further attest that the project costs and contributions listed above are accurate to the best of my knowledge, and that I am not requesting reimbursement for the same costs or expenses from any other sources.  I agree to provide, within 30 days of completion of the project, an accounting of how the funds were actually used, a brief description of the project results and how those results have or will impact my academic pursuits in CALS, as well as my professional goals.

Note: If your request exceeds $250, you may be asked to provide a more extensive report and/or a presentation on your project.