David Strip ’77, PhD ’78 has lived in his adopted home of New Mexico for more than 40 years. Strip came to Cornell for graduate school, to study operations research (OR). “At the time, and to this day,” he says, “Cornell had one of the top-ranked, if not the top-ranked, OR department in the country.” … Read more
Alejandra Rebeca Gonzalez ’23 was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and raised in Michigan. Her family moved to the US when she was five years old in search of “a safer life” and better opportunities for education, she explains. Gonzalez is a first-year student in the College of Human Ecology (CHE). She is also … Read more
Umran Mustafa ’22 was born and raised in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Dhaka is home to more than 20 million people. According to Umran, the city is rapidly growing, as “flocks of people from all over the country arrive every day, hoping to find a better life.” He explains that a common saying … Read more
Bailee Hopkins-Hensley is passionate about exploring the connections that humans have to plants—especially the connections that indigenous communities have to the species that sustain them. She earned a BS in plant science in 2018 and an MPS in public garden leadership in 2019, but her interest in plants started many years earlier, when she was … Read more
Sofia Boucher '19 is the recipient of the R. Worrell I and C. Wright Scholarship from the ILR School, as well as a Pell Grant, NYS Tap Grant, and a Cornell grant.
Someday I want to occupy your chair Costa Androulakis knew from a young age what profession he wanted to pursue. He got his first job in a restaurant at the age of 12 and has worked in the hospitality industry ever since. His journey from humble beginnings in Crete to consummate hotelier was fueled by … Read more
Bryan Scanapieco, a first-generation student in the College of Arts and Sciences, began his Cornell career intending to study physics. His high school physics teacher inspired him to enroll in physics for three of his four years of high school. He also encouraged Bryan to apply to top-tier schools, including Cornell. Scanapieco’s mother moved to … Read more
Jeffrey Yen’s interest in the natural world began when he was a kid living in Taiwan. He was fascinated by the abundance of insects in Taiwan’s sub-tropical climate, and he remembers browsing through the nature books at a local research institute with his father. “One day, I picked up a publication that portrayed some of … Read more
Cornell alumni, parents, and friends gave a total of nearly $22 million in endowed scholarships to boost the university’s financial aid and strengthen its commitment to “… any person … any study.”
The scholarships created early last year as part of the recently completed endowed scholarship challenge are already benefiting several students. For two of them, in particular, the scholarships came at crucial times.