Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards



Cornell alumni Gerald Robinson '54, Margot Robinson '55, Robert Appel '53, and Helen Appel '55 established the Robinson-Appel award to recognize and honor students who have had significant involvement in community service by providing support for their projects, which address a community's social needs or problems. Three projects are selected, and each receives $2,500 to further a community service project initiated and proposed by Cornell students. The focus of the project's efforts may be the Cornell campus, the Ithaca community, or a location outside of Tompkins County (but within the United States and its territories). 

The Award is granted on the basis of:

  • The candidate's proposal to use the award money for an innovative approach to a social, governmental, or legal problem within a community.
  • This effort should demonstrate the student's initiative and ability to translate ideals into the practical result of meeting community needs. Proposals should include a timeline of completion, plans for evaluation, and a budget outline. All applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation and/or a letter of nomination from agency personnel or a member of Cornell's faculty or staff.
  • Previous community service. To better judge the capability of carrying out the project, the committee needs an understanding of previous experience in humanitarian service during the preceding twelve-month period.

Application is due: Monday, March 16, 2020.


Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award Winners

2019 Winners

  • Naedum DomNwachuku '20 - Scholars in Our Society and Africa
  • Hayley Nilles '21 - GirlVentures
  • Claire Pan '20 - Our Story