DEA 1100: Design Generation(s) offers one full scholarship to cover all costs associated with enrollment in this course, including tuition, room and board, application fee, books and printing, and health fee.

The scholarship is available to a student who could advance Cornell’s commitment to access, equity, justice, and inclusion, as outlined below, and enhance the diversity of Cornell’s Precollege Studies program.

It is available on a competitive basis to students applying to DEA 1100 who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, undocumented persons, or students holding DACA, TPS, refugee, or asylee status.

To apply, submit your financial aid materials as well as two essays (in English and not to exceed 400 words each).

1. Problem Solutions Statement

This essay is designed to get at the heart of your thinking process and the design thinking approach you take to solve a problem:

  • Present a recurring situation, quandary, and a social or personal problem and explain possible steps toward the solution.
  • Elaborate on the reasons and causes that led you to the focused problem (direct experience or indirect experience, e.g., observation of a friend, family member, or neighbor experiencing a difficulty) and describe a detailed possible solution as a response to the mentioned problem.

2. Personal Identities/Experiences Statement

Please use this essay to indicate how one or more of the following identities and/or experiences apply to you:

  • First-generation college graduate (neither parent/guardian having completed a baccalaureate degree)
  • Member of ethnic and/or racial groups historically excluded from and underrepresented in graduate education: Black, Indigenous (Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islanders, other Indigenous peoples), Hispanic/Latina/o/x, and/or Southeast Asian
  • Other identities and/or experiences historically underrepresented and/or marginalized within higher education including but not limited to the following:
    • Those who manage a disability
    • Having a gender and/or sexual orientation identity historically underrepresented in your field of study
    • Holding DACA, TPS, refugee, or asylee status
    • Undocumented persons
    • Those who have experienced housing and/or food insecurity


For more information, contact
So-Yeon Yoon
DEA Program Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: 607.255.8467