Robinson-Appel Application Guidelines

Awards of $1500 each will be made to three individual students or groups at Cornell for use in community-service activities as directed by the recipients. A total of $4500 will be distributed. The focus of an applicant’s efforts may be the Cornell campus, the Ithaca community, or a location outside Tompkins County but within the United States and its territories.

The award will be granted on the basis of:

The student or groups’ 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 ideas into the practical result of meeting community needs. Projects should not be part of academic coursework, dissertation research, or for academic credit, but may be an outgrowth of previous work or course experience.

* Note: funding for travel is not eligible

A completed application includes the following:

  • A resume of previous community service.
  • A letter of recommendation.
  • A timeline for completion of project.
  • Plans for evaluation.
  • A Budget outline.
  • All applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for the award. Applications are due by Friday, March 23, 2018.
  • The individual or individuals who complete/submit the application MUST be available to present a 20-minute presentation of projects and follow-up questions between 10:00am-2:00pm on Friday, May 3, 2019.
  • Attendance by these semi-finalists is also due at the awards dinner from 5:00pm-8:00pm that evening.

Presentation Guidelines:

  • If applying on behalf of a group, the person that is on the  application must be be the person that presents.
  • A select group of proposals will be invited to present to the selection committee.
  • Guests are not allowed at the presentation session.
  • Business attire is expected for your presentation and awards dinner.
  • Any use of audio-visual needs must be arranged at least one week prior to the presentation.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Cornell Public Service Center at (607) 255-0144 or email or stop by the PSC at 300 Kennedy Hall in advance of the due date.

Click here for the Application Form and Recommendation Form. You will be directed to OrgSync.

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