There are a number of grants and scholarships available to Cornell undergraduate students. Keep in mind that: no merit aid or athletic scholarships are awarded at Cornell; all grant aid is need-based; there is no minimum or maximum amount of gift aid that can be awarded; outside scholarships replace loan or work components of the aid package, but do not reduce the parent contribution; and a FAFSA financial aid form must be completed to be eligible for federal grants.
Cornell Grants are available to students with financial need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. The aid comes from several sources - university endowments, alumni gifts, and a general fund. University grants are awarded after non-university funds, work-study, and loans. You are automatically considered for these funds when you apply for financial aid; there is no separate application process.