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 encourage further development of a select group of students who exemplify Cornell's commitment to academic excellence, work and service, research and discovery, and leadership and learning, and in so doing, enrich their experience at Cornell and beyond.

  • The Cornell Tradition
    "A contemporary expression of the Cornell founders' vision," the 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
    "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." (President John F. Kennedy) 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.


James Dunlea, a Meinig alum, will talk with students about his path to pursuing a PhD on March 28th, 4:30pm in 102 Mann. Please RSVP here:


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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