We reward work service and scholarship

     To understand the Tradition Fellowships that are awarded to deserving students by our Class of 1944, one must go back to the very beginning when President Andrew D. White addressed the very first class of Cornellians back in 1865 and was reported to have told the assembled students, "You are here to build a University."

     And that is just what they did for both White and Ezra Cornell each felt that labor was an important element "to complete an otherwise purely academic program." In exchange for their labor, the University forgave part of the cost of each student’s education . . and that practice has continued throughout the ensuing years.

Put another way, it’s understood that "The Tradition" continues their vision of rewarding students who work and who serve their communities while obtaining an undergraduate degree.

Established in 1982 through an anonymous gift of $7 million, the Tradition Fellowships now total more than 600 each year with each recipient demonstrating a significant work experience, making meaningful contributions to campus or community service, and maintaining a high level of academic achievement.

There are all forms of help!

     The "Cornell Tradition" provides grants that replace loans of up to $4,000 each year - stipends for summer internships - leadership training and networking opportunities - and, among other things, a wage subsidy for working on campus projects. In the intervening period since 1982 the "Tradition" has replaced more than $12 million in loans. Upperclass students must complete a minimum of 250 hours of paid work during the academic year (200 hours for freshmen) and 75 hours of volunteer service or leadership activities, either on or off the campus. While this may appear to be a substantial commitment in time, most fellows have had no problem meeting the requirements.

     During the 1992-93 year, for example, the fellows racked up an average of 328 hours of work and 168 hours of service and, at the same time, exceeding the 2.3 minimum GPA, with an average GPA of 3.14. The recipients come from all sections of the United States, and are enrolled in all seven undergraduate colleges. They represent all lifestyles, ethnicities, interests, and career choices. Ten of the Class of 1944's Tradition Fellowships are detailed below and from their very brief "profiles" you can readily determine that we’re dealing with highly motivated young men and women. Each year, in one of our Class mailings, the ‘44 head shed disseminates one or more new "profiles" that verify our continuing support of this most worthwhile program.

     Ever wonder where your voluntary tack-on donation goes when you pay your annual Class Dues? . . . Read below . . . and look no further.

Betty Scheidelman Droz
, Past President, Cornell, ‘44
1995-1996 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: MARCIA MILLER '97, Junior in School of Industrial and Labor Relations
HOME ADDRESS: 738 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr. High School, New York, NY
MAJOR: Industrial and Labor Relations
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: President, Minority Industrial and Labor Relations Student Organization --- Member, Black Students United -- Manager, Kujichagulia Women's Stepp Team -- Co-chair, Ujamaa's Housing Committee ù Member, Urafiki (an organization that seeks to educate the Cornell community on the importance of providing public service andmentorship programs for African-American youth)
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Intern, Paine Webber Inc. - Program Coordinator, Ujamaa work study program -- Program Assistant, COSEP Pre-freshman Summer Program.
1995-1996 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: SUMEET JAIN ’98, Sophomore in College of Engineering
HOME ADDRESS: 66 Viscount, Williamsville, NY 14221
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Williamsville East High School, East Amherst, NY
MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Internship in Surgery, Buffalo General Hospital - Research Aide in Bio-
logy, University of Buffalo Research Foundation-Volunteer, Millard Fillmore Hospital
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Recipient, Commended Student Award - Recipient, Volunteer Excellence Award - Recipient, Perfect Attendance Award - Qualified, National Speech and Debate Tournament - Recipient, JAINA Recognition Award - First Place, Model U.N., Canisius and Harvard - Honorable Mention: Model U.N., University of Chcago and Daemen.
PERSONAL: Sumeet enjoys public speaking, debating, politics, world affairs, tennis, football, golf, computer program ming, community service, government, and business.
1996-1997 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: MARCIA MILLER '97, Senior in School of Industrial and Labor Relations
HOME ADDRESS, SECONDARY SCHOOL, MAJOR: All as shown above.
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: All as shown above plus Member, College Chapter of the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: All as shown above plus Teacher, Language and Arts, second and third graders - Intern, Harry Van Arsdale Union.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: SUNY Empire Minority Scholarship, Quill and Dagger Honor Society
1996-1997 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: LIAM BRODY -'98, Junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
HOME ADDRESS: P.O. Box 477, Greenville, NY 12083
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Greenville Central High School, Greenville, NYY
MAJOR: Education
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: President, Collegiate FFA (Future Farmers of America) - Member, Amnesty International; Member, Golden Key National Honor Society - Member, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity - Research Assistant, Department of Education, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Liam spends many of his weekend traveling around the country for the National Future Farmers of America, presenting personal growth and leadership conference to high school students.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Liam spent last semester in Africa working on an independent research project through the Carter Center, "Global 2000." This is an effort to increase food and decrease hunger in sub-Saharan countries. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to study agricultural education and international devel opment.
1997-1998 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: SHAWNA MILAZZA -'01, Freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences
HOME ADDRESS: 12 Old Post Road, Edison, NJ 08817
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Edison Township High School, Edison, NJ
MAJOR: Undeclared
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Food Service Worker, Deli
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Citizenship Award - National Youth Leadership Forum, nominee for three years National Merit Scholar.
PERSONAL: Shawna enjoys listening to music and playing the piano. She has taken over six years of private piano lessons.
1997-1998 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: MICHELLE PERALES -'00; Sophomore in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
HOME ADDRESS: 6143 Apple Valley, San Antonio, TX 78242
SECONDARY SCHOOL: South San Antonio High School-West, San Antonio, TX
MAJOR: Urban and Regional Studies
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: Student Leader, Cornell University Image (a program to increase awareness for minority admis sions and gain enrollment) - Member, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, an organization that aims to promote the culture and issues of the Chicane-American population) - Member, OURS (Organization of Urban and Re gional Studies) - Member, Cornell Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Secretary, R..S.P. Construction - Volunteer Health Care Advisor, Starlight International - Food Distributor Volunteer, Aid to Mexico - Children's Volunteer, Life Harvest Family Outreach Program Visual Resource Assistant, Architecture, Art, and Planning Slide Library - Drafter, Alamo- Acoustics.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: George S. Slocum Campaign Recognition Scholarship
PERSONAL: Last summer, Michelle participated in a geologic research trip at Cascadilla Gorge. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.
1998-1999 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: MICHELLE PERALES -'00; Junior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
HOME ADDRESS, SECONDARY SCHOOL, and MAJOR: All as shown above.
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: All as shown above plus Member, Minority organization of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES; All as shown above plus Volunteer, Taste of the Nation (Fight to End Hunger) Volunteer, Cornell Tradition Phon-a-thon.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: All as shown above plus Dean's List - EarthWrite Writing Contest, 1st Place - John S. Knight Writing Contest, Selectee - H.R. Dowswell Scholarship - Marjory A. Rice Memorial Scholarship (Class of 1929.
PERSONAL: During the 1997 summer, Michelle participated in a geologic research trip at Cascadilla Gorge. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.
1999-2000 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: MICHELLE PERALES ’00; Senior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
HOME ADDRESS, SECONDARY SCHOOL, and MAJOR: All as shown above.
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: All as shown above.
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: All as shown above plus Intern, San Antonio City Planning Department.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Dean's List - Norman C. Weiffenbach Scholarship - Marjory A. Rice Memorial Scholasrhip (Class of 1929)
PERSONAL: Upon completing an entrepreneurship course in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Michelle has set as one of her goals the expansion of her father's accoustical ceiling company.
2000-2001 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: BENJAMIN UYEDA ’04 Freshman in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
HOME ADDRESS: 345 Dania Avenue, Buellton, CA 93427
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
MAJOR: Undeclared
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Volunteer, Special Olympics - Bellman, Marriott - Intern, Sovang City Planner - Piecework Model, DMG Productions.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Honor Roll -- Walter E. Higgins Scholarship
PERSONAL: Benjamin is interested in martial arts, football, drawing, wood working, and sculpting.
2001-2002 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: JENNIFER TODD ’03, Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences
HOME ADDRESS: 5275 Millbrook Road, Wooster, OH 44691
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Hiland High School, Berlin, OH
MAJOR: Sociology
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: Member, Cornell women's basketball team
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Administrative Aide, Cornell Career Services Office - Volunteer, local parish - Assistant, Moreland Fruit Farm - Assistant, Sommer and Swartzentruber Custom Homes.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Jane Schaeffer Maloney Scholarship - William V. Eaton Campaign Recognition Scholarship
PERSONAL: Jennifer is interested in a career that involves working with children.
 
2002-2003 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: JENNIFER TODD ’03, Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences
HOME ADDRESS: 5275 Millbrook Road, Wooster, OH 44691
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Hiland High School, Berlin, OH
MAJOR: Sociology
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: Member, Cornell women's basketball team
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Administrative Aide, Cornell Career Services Office - Volunteer, local parish - Assistant, Moreland Fruit Farm - Assistant, Sommer and Swartzentruber Custom Homes.- Research Assistant, Professor Morgan.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Jane Schaeffer Maloney Scholarship – Class of 1944 Cornell Tradition Fellowship - William V. Eaton Campaign Recognition Scholarship – Dean’s List
PERSONAL: Jennifer plans to pursue an advanced degree in sociology.
 
2003-2004 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: ALEXANDRU IORGA,’04, Senior in the College of Engineering.
HOME ADDRESS: 6055 69th Avenue, Apartment 1, Ridgewood, NY 11385
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, NY
MAJOR: Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: Member, Cornell Political Coalition; Member, Alternative Breaks, a group that traveled to West Virginia during spring break and worked at a battered women’s shelter
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Assistant, Front Desk, Olin Library; Project Assistant, On-Site Volunteer Services.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Class of 1944 Cornell Tradition Fellowship.
 
2004-2005 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT: ASHLEY ADLER, ’06, Junior in the College of human Ecology
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Marstons Mills, MA 02648
MAJOR: Design and Environmental Analysis
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: Ashley is a transfer student from the University of Massachusetts
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Event Staff Assistant, UMass – Assistant, Athletics Department, UMass; Biological Aide, Massachusetts Military Base; Server, Lobster Claw Restaurant.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Class of 1944 Cornell Tradition Fellowship.
2005-2006 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP

STUDENT: ASHLEY ADLER, ’06, Senior in the College of human Ecology
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Marstons Mills, MA 02648
MAJOR: Design and Environmental Analysis
CORNELL ACTIVITIES: Ashley is a transfer student from the University of Massachusetts
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Event Staff Assistant, UMass – Assistant, Athletics Department, UMass; Biological Aide, Massachusetts Military Base; Server, Lobster Claw Restaurant.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Class of 1944 Cornell Tradition Fellowship

 
2005-2006 - CLASS OF 1944 CORNELL TRADITION FELLOWSHIP

STUDENT: TYESHA MADDOX, ’06, Senior in the College of arts & Sciences
HOME ADDRESS:  140 East Bay Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Nazareth Regional High School, Brooklyn, NY
MAJOR: History
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Fundraising Coordinator, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Cornell Club; One-to-One Program; Sales Associate, The Gap; Volunteer, Advent Daycare; Student Assistant, Fernow Hall, Univ. of Notre Dame; Volunteer, Black Women Support Network.
AWARDS, INTERESTS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Class of 1944 Cornell Tradition Fellowship; Frederick George Marcham Scholarship; Ronay Menschel Scholarship; Roy S. and Naomi Herman Flack Scholarship; Univ. of Notre Dame Certificate of Excellence; Valedictorian, Nazareth Regional H.S.; N.Y. State Regents Academic Achievement Award; Tablet Award of Academic Excellence. She enjoys reading and writing stories, painting, drawing, and working with clay.
PERSONAL: Tyesha hopes to become a history professor and wants to write and illustrate children’s books...

 
 
 
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