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Kessler Presidential Scholars Program

Kessler Presidential Scholars pose for a group photo

The Kessler Presidential Scholars Program supports a diverse community of first-generation college students at Cornell University. 

"Prior to being a Kessler Presidential Scholar, I hadn’t explored my identity as a first generation student and what it really means. Having a support group where we all have this in common has been truly enriching to my experience as a college student, as I’m a lot more in touch with my own identity, and I understand the power of my own identity." 

- Alejandra Gonzalez '23

The Kessler Presidential Scholars Program at Cornell University provides four years of support to exceptional Cornell students—who are among the first in their family to attend college—helping them achieve their dreams through academic, financial, and social support. The Kessler Scholars are a close-knit community. Alongside Kessler professional staff committed to their success, Cornell Kessler Scholars discover how to be their best and explore how their Cornell degree empowers them to shape the future.  

Recently, the Kessler Scholars Program, a comprehensive, proven program for first-generation students that uses research and real-time student feedback to transform the first-generation experience with both scholarship and wrap-around community support beyond funding—formally expanded to Johns Hopkins University, Queens College, St. Francis College, and Syracuse University. 

2020 Kessler Presidential Scholars Events

Aug 24, 2020 - Kessler Presidential Scholars Meet & Greet

Aug 26, 2020 - Kessler Game Night

Sep 4, 2020 - Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment Meet & Greet (Optional)

Sep 9, 2020 - Cornell Entrepreneurship Kick off 2020 (Optional)

Sep 10, 2020 - Strengths Quest Workshop (first-year scholars only)

Sep 17, 2020 - Know Your Number: Become your best self through the enneagram (second-year scholars)

Sep 28, 2020 - Introduction to Career Services and Networking - (first-year scholars)

Oct 5, 2020 - Identity Workshop (both cohorts)

Oct 10, 2020 - The Art of Wine (optional)

Oct 14, 2020 - Study Abroad Session (both cohorts)

Oct 21, 2020 - Career Readiness (second-year scholars)

Nov 2, 2020 - Undergraduate Research Workshop (both cohorts)

Nov 17, 2020 - Increasing your Financial Knowledge (both cohorts)