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"I have always been in favour of combining labour and study."—Ezra Cornell, 1846

The Cornell Tradition, an alumni-endowed program that recognizes and rewards outstanding undergraduates, is a contemporary expression of the founder's vision. The program supports approximately 500 fellows who demonstrate significant work experience, campus and/or community service, and academic achievement. Through The Cornell Tradition, students make meaningful contributions to campus life that will enhance their own education and those of generations to come. True to the founder's ideals, the Tradition supports the development of fellows into well-rounded, productive members of society who will serve as the role models and leaders of tomorrow.