Thanks for being so generous!
Academic Year 2014-2015
Dear the Class of 1991,
My name is Abby and I am a grateful recipient of the Class of 1991 Cornell Tradition Fellowship endowed scholarship (for the 4th year now! We've been together my entire Cornell career!). I am in my final semester at Cornell. I will be graduating a semester early from the Agricultural Sciences major in CALS with minors in Business and Creative Writing to pursue a career in the food and agriculture industry. I am from Michigan but I hope to move to New York City after graduation. My dream job would be editing and writing for a food/ag publication or curating educational materials on food and food plants. Thank you for your continued support in making my education at Cornell possible. I could not have afforded school without you generosity.
Truly, I thank you.
Academic Year 2012-2013
To the Class of 1991,
My name is Abigail Woughter, and I am a very grateful recipient of the Class of 1991 Cornell Tradition Fellowship. Currently I am studying Agricultural Sciences with concentration in Applied Economics & Management.
I live in Traverse City, Michigan, a vibrant farm city on Lake Michigan, across the water from Chicago. I have worked at wineries and done research at home, and these experiences are what prompted me to apply to the agricultural sciences major at Cornell. Now as a sophomore I have been invited to attend the Agriculture Future of America Conference in Kansas City and hope to meet my future employer. I am particularly interested in fruit production in cool climates and volunteer at Dilmun Hill Student Farm every Sunday.
Thank you for making these experiences possible. I appreciate your generosity.
Academic Year 2011-2012
Dear Class of 1991,
name is Abigail Woughter, and I am a very grateful recipient of the Class of 1991 Cornell Tradition Fellowship. I am studying Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, with concentration in Applied Economics & Management.
I am from Traverse City, Michigan, a beautiful little tourist town on Lake Michigan that is the Cherry Capital of the World, home of the Annual Cherry Festival. The horticultural and agricultural background of my hometown is rich. I have worked for 2 summers full time at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, where my interest in studying ag sciences was sparked through hands-on lab and field experience with insects, weeds, and other aspects of crop management and farm business.
Through my church at home and here at Cornell (I am a member of Cornell Protestant Cooperative Ministries) I participate in various community service projects. Last weekend, I travelled to Owego to help with flood relief, cleaning out flooded basements and removing damp wall boards that posed mold problems if not removed quickly. I plan to take an alternative spring break next year to do a service project, hopefully in Western Africa or Southeastern Asia. Thank you for your generosity that has made these opportunities possible.
Academic Year 2010-2011
Dear members of class of 1991,
As a senior this year, I'm beginning to get a bit nostalgic about the fast approaching end of my time here at Cornell. My brother was recently accepted at Cornell, and it brought back memories of the joy and excitement I felt during that time four years ago. I hope you know that you're a big part of the reason that I was able to attend this great University and now move on to develop my career.
I was accepted to NYU College of Dentistry in December, and I'm absolutely ecstatic to begin my dental education there in the fall. After doing the Urban Semester Program through Cornell, I knew that New York City was where I wanted to further my education. I'm drawn to the dynamic environment, rich cultural atmosphere, and endless opportunities that are available to me there. I hope to pursue a career in dentistry in which I cater to the needs of the large population of socio-economically disadvantaged individuals in New York. I plan on using my fluency in Spanish to aid in my patient interaction, as well as the knowledge I've gained about culture, public health, and nutrition at Cornell.
I will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in the Biology and Society major and have completed my minors in Nutrition and Health, as well as Latino Studies. I'm still involved in numerous organizations on campus including: the Pre-Dental Society, Sabor Latin Dance Troupe and Quisqueya (Dominican Students Association). I am still an RA (residential advisor) on North Campus in the Townhouse Community, and have tried the best I can to give the advice to my residents based on my experiences during the past four years. I'm still the Urban Semester Liaison on campus, and also work in the Infant Studies Lab studying language cognition in toddlers. I hope to graduate Cum Laude, something I would not have thought even possible after my eye-opening first semester with the heavy science curriculum at Cornell.
Thank you so much for your continued support, and I can only hope that my graduate education is as successful as my undergraduate, and that someday I can too support a student, as you all have, as a proud alumnus.
Dear members of class of 1991,
As a junior this year, I can honestly say I'm starting to see the light at the end of this long tunnel that is my undergraduate career here at Cornell, and to be honest, it makes me really sentimental. I've really - love my years here at Cornell and can now appreciate just how many opportunities are available to me because I've attended such a prestigious institution as Cornell. I just want to again truly express my appreciation for the contributions you make towards my scholarship. I'm proud to say I attend this school and tell people that dedicated alumni like you make it possible for me to enjoy this experience.
I would have sent this thank you much sooner, but last semester I participated in the Cornell Urban Semester Program, in which I lived in New York City and interned at New York Presbyterian Hospital and NYU Dental School. I grew a lot over the semester, and can now honestly say that dentistry is my chosen path for the future and I am so excited to make that dream a reality. I got so much hands-on experience and wisdom from the doctors and students I met, as well as enjoyed all the culture and history the city has to offer. I also became more aware of some personal strengths I had, in terms of interpersonal interactions in the real world, that I hadn ' t got to develop on the Ithaca campus. Thank you so much for making that program and wonderful semester a reality for me.
I'd like to share just a little bit of information about how I'm currently doing back at Cornell. I'm still a Bio and Society major and have decided to pursue minors in Nutritional Science and Latino Studies. I'm involved in numerous organizations on campus including: the Pre-Dental Society, Sabor Latin Dance Troupe (serving as Treasurer), and Quisqueya (Dominican Students Association). I am also excited to say that I am now an RA (residential advisor) on North Campus in the Townhouse Community. I've also just been offered the position to serve as Urban Semester liaison on campus, in which I will both market and encourage students to participate in the program that I loved so much, as well as answer any questions they might have throughout their application process. My grades have also continued to increase, and I am finally comfortable with where my GPA stands for the time being. I still take time to exercise when I need to relieve a little stress, as well as some much needed retail therapy and going out to eat with friends.
I hope that this letter has given you a glimpse of how much your contribution really means to me and how I'm trying to make this gift of a college experience the best that it can be. Thank you so very much for all that you do and 1 hope to meet some of you in the future.
November 17, 2008
Dear Nicole and members of class of 1991,
Although I had originally intended to send this note over a month ago, I'm afraid prelims got the best of me (as I'm sure you guys can understand) and I just couldn't find the time to write what I really wanted to say. Late is better than never though, right? I just want to truly express my appreciation for the contributions you make towards my scholarship. This might sound cliché, but without your contributions, I really wouldn't be able to attend a school like Cornell and for that I am eternally grateful. Although I was apprehensive at first about the Ithaca location and climate, I've come to love the campus and everything Cornell has to offer. I've visited other schools that my friends currently attend, and I just can't find a place that offers everything that this school does. I'm proud to say I attend this school and tell people that dedicated alumni like you make it possible for me to enjoy this experience.
I met Nicole and Andrew over a month ago at the scholarship reception, and it was so great to finally put a face to the people that my family and I have been so grateful for. We talked about our similar and differing experiences at Cornell, and it was great to see how dedicated Cornell alumni are to bettering and contributing to the growth of this great institution. I really enjoyed my time speaking to them.
Although I told Nicole and Andrew this at the reception, I'd like to share just a little bit of information about how I'm doing at Cornell. I'm currently a Bio and Society major with aspirations of becoming a dentist someday. I'm involved in numerous organizations on campus including: the Pre-Dental Society, Sabor Latin Dance Troupe, Quisqueya (Dominican Students Association), and Therapy Through Music. I currently have two on campus jobs, one as an office assistant in Mary Donlon Hall and the other as a fitness monitor for Cornell Fitness Centers. I'm happy to say that I've finally adjusted to the always-busy, often stressful way of life here at Cornell, as my grades have been increasing significantly with every new semester. When I want to relax or just get away from the pressures of prelims, you can often find me taking a run around campus, relaxing at CTB or just going out to dinner at the Commons.
I hope that this letter has given you a glimpse of how much your contribution really means to me and how I'm trying to make this gift of a college experience the best that it can be. Thank you so very much for all that you do and I hope to meet more of you in the future.
Dear Class of 1991,
I would like to thank you collectively for giving me the opportunity to go to Cornell. Without financial assistance there is no way this would be at all possible. When I was younger I decided that I wanted to go to Cornell and when I got in, my first thought was "Oh no, what do I do now?" But everything fell into place.
I'm from a small town in Vermont called Newbury. It's quiet and friendly and green. My family has about 45 sheep and we used to have chickens and other stock. My family has always been involved with agriculture in some way. I showed sheep in 4-H for 5 years and also gardened and sewed through the program. I played softball until my junior year when I found that I couldn't balance the late nights with my A.P. class schedule. I also tried out basketball for a couple of years after deciding that after 8 years, soccer wasn't for me. In my senior year I was a member of the National Honor Society, through which I mentored and fundraised for Operation Santa Claus, Amnesty International and a project in which we planted over 40 trees on our campus.
My plans for the future are basically just to be happy. My goal is to own a health food store or something along those lines. I would like to raise animals to sell, perhaps for meat purposes at the store as well as growing vegetables for sale and for my future family. But before all that I would simply like to gain perspective on the world by traveling and experiencing different cultures. Vermont isn't exactly the best place to do that.
Thanks again for your generosity.
Suzanne Stockman '08
Dear Class of 1991,
My name is Buck McLamb and I am writing to thank you for your generosity. I have been a Cornell Tradition fellow for the last 4 years, and your contributions mean so much to me. I am honoured to receive the help that the tradition provides as it is a blessing for my family and me. I am so lucky to be able to attend a prestigious university like Cornell. Thank you.
I am a senior this year majoring in business. I transferred in to the AEM program two years ago and have not looked back. Currently, I am studying accounting and finance courses and I plan on pursuing the CPA exam.
This summer I had an internship at NFO Prognostics, a marketing research company in Palo Alto. There I worked on a variety of things from designing surveys, updating the computer system and user manual, and proofing reports.. While in California I was able to travel along the beautiful west coast and surf some great northern waves. It was a great experience overall and I learned a lot about Marketing research and IT industry, as well as how large companies work from the inside out.
My time at Cornell is sadly coming to an end. I will be graduating soon and I am so lucky that the Cornell tradition made my college dreams a reality. Thank you once again for all of your financial support. I look forward to when I am able to give back as you have so generously done. Thank you.