Tradition fellows are members of a select group, representing just 4 percent of the Cornell undergraduate population. Fellows come to know that their time at Cornell is a journey.

As a Tradition Fellow, you have the opportunity to take advantage of some of the following benefits:

  • Service Support Account
    All Cornell Tradition Fellows have access to up to $3,500 over their undergraduate Cornell career to cover the cost of service-related activities, such as summer break internships, Pre-Orientation Service Trips, Alternative Breaks trips, service-learning trips, and other educational experiential activities approved by the program.

  • Fellowship Awards
    Depending on demonstrated financial need, Fellows can receive a fellowship award of up to $4,000 per year to replace need-based student loans. Fellowships are often funded by Tradition alumni whose experience with the program impacted them so significantly that they endowed fellowships to ensure that future Fellows have similar opportunities. Fellows who receive a named fellowship often have an opportunity to meet with their donors, which can result in ongoing relationships.

  • Employment Support
    Fellows are eligible for a wage subsidy for the academic year to help them find or keep a position either on campus or through Cornell-affiliated off-campus programs. Fellows who receive work-study monies can receive the Tradition wage subsidy once their work-study funds are depleted. Fellows who do not receive work-study monies can receive the subsidy as soon as they secure work. Tradition wage subsidies are available to Fellows throughout their time at Cornell.

  • Summer Expected Savings Replacements (ESR)
    Depending on financial aid eligibility, Fellows may be eligible to receive monies to replace Cornell’s savings expectation from summer earnings if they have worked in a service and/or career-related position but were unable to meet the summer savings expectation. Limited ESRs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and students must have a Tradition-sponsored summer experience.

  • Explore CT
    Explore CT is a first-year extended orientation program designed to acquaint new Tradition Fellows with other Fellows; the Tradition program benefits, requirements, and ideals; and the greater Cornell University. Participation in Explore CT events is required for first-year students, and includes teambuilding, program orientation, an in-depth session on employment at Cornell, a workshop on how to use your support account funding, large-scale community outreach project, and a spring semester dinner

  • Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
    Fellows can apply to be members of the SAC annually. The SAC works with the Tradition’s director to sponsor service as well as social and educational opportunities for Fellows. SAC members also advise the Tradition staff on areas of interest to Fellows and serve as ambassadors of the Tradition program.

  • Peer Advisory Network
    The Tradition’s Peer Advisory Network pairs each new Fellow with a peer advisor, an upper-class Fellow from the same college who serves as an informal but valuable guide to the program and the university. Each new Fellow will receive a letter from his or her peer advisor during the summer and will meet the advisor at the Cornell Tradition Orientation, the kick-off event for Explore CT.

  • Connect with a Community of Leaders
    Relationships Fellows develop with one another and with the Fellows who came before them add richness to the Tradition experience. Social networking, visits from alumni, and special events promote connections between students and alumni who have lived the Cornell experience and have applied it to the world beyond.

  • Tradition Online
    In addition to this site, the Tradition can be found on Facebook. Additionally, CT Talk, the Tradition’s twice-weekly email announcements, helps keep students current on program happenings as well as upcoming volunteer opportunities, educational events, and job openings.

  • Invite-only Events
    Students have the opportunity to participate in invite-only events held on Cornell’s campus. In past years, this has included guest presentations on basic financial literacy fundamentals and Gallup StrengthsFinder, an assessment tool to identify leadership strengths.  Each year, alumni return to campus and meet with students one-on-one and in small groups to talk about their careers.

  • Winter service trip 
    Students have the opportunity to participate in an annual winter service trip. Past trips have been to: 1) Nicaragua to volunteer at a rural sustainable tourism organization, 2) Pittsburgh to volunteer with organizations focused on food insecurity, and 3) New Orleans to volunteer with, an organization dedicated to rebuilding the lower ninth ward, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • The Cornell Commitment Showcase
    This fall event brings together freshmen from all three Cornell Commitment programs to learn from upperclassmen who have engaged in research, service, and internships at Cornell and around the world.