Education through Commitment

The Cornell Tradition, Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars, and Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars programs constitute The Cornell Commitment.

These programs recognize, reward, and support a select group of students who exemplify Cornell's commitment to academic excellence, work and service, inquiry and discovery, and leadership and learning.

  • The Cornell Tradition
    The Cornell Tradition encourages lifestyles that integrate a strong work ethic, public service, and academic achievement through innovative programs and financial assistance.
  • Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars
    Meinig Scholars are a select group of undergraduate students committed to learning and growing as leaders in an effort to change their communities for the better.


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Prospective Students

Incoming first-year students are selected through the regular Cornell admissions process while current students have the opportunity to apply directly. Explore the "Joining" pages under each program to learn more.

Janet McKinley '74 Grant

The Janet McKinley '74 Family Grant is open to all Cornell sophomores. Its purpose is to assist students in pursuing interesting, provocative, and entrepreneurial summer projects, with the intent of having a direct and lasting impact on many generations of Cornell students.


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