Crowd Funding Websites

Well known crowd funding sites include GoFundMe, Kiva, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and RocketHub, but there are hundreds of other sites as well.

Cornell Study Abroad Funding

Off Campus Opportunity Fund (OCOF)

Several central units across the university use a streamlined application system called the Off-Campus Opportunity Fund to offer grants to undergraduate students for off-campus experiences:

1.            Global Cornell: Undergraduate Student Travel Grants (Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost of International Affairs)

2.            Global Learning: Global Encounters Scholarship

3.            Office of Engagement Initiatives: Community Engaged Student Grant Program

4.            Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives: Student Individual Funding Sponsorship

The eligibility criteria for the four awards that comprise OCOF are posted here: http://www.cuabroad.cornell.edu/?go=OCOF

Details are listed about four awards and specify whether the award is available to undergraduate students only, or if grad students can apply as well. Contact OCOF if you have any questions  ocof@cornell.edu

CALS Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

https://cals.cornell.edu/academics/student-research/undergraduate/funding-opportunities/

Engaged Cornell: Community-Engaged Student Travel Grant Program

Supports undergradute & graduate students: http://engaged.cornell.edu/grant/community-engaged-student-travel-grants/

https://globallearning.cornell.edu/scholarships-study-abroad

What is Crowd Funding?

Crowdfunding could be an excellent way to raise $ for your trip in January.  Not familiar with this idea?  Here's a good definition from the Michigan State Library:  "Crowdfunding is a way to raise funds for a specific cause or project by asking a large number of people to donate money, usually in small amounts, and usually during a relatively short period of time, such as a few months. Crowdfunding is done online, often with social networks, which make easy for supporters to share a cause or project cause with their social networks."

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