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The programs discussed below carry a financial award that is included in the financial aid package. For students who apply for financial aid and are determined to have sufficient need, the award will reduce the loan and work portion of their financial aid package. Students who do not apply for or do not qualify for financial aid will receive an award to pay for books.  

College Awards  

Jacobs Scholars  

In 2007, a select group of students became the first class of Jacobs Scholars, an award established in 2006 by Cornell alumni Irwin Jacobs ’54, BEE ’56, and Joan Jacobs ’54. Irwin Jacobs founded QUALCOMM in 1985, where his innovations in technology charted the course for wireless communications.  

The Jacobs family and the College of Engineering believe that the future will be based on innovation in engineering and that today’s engineering students will be instrumental in addressing the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. “The number of students entering engineering hasn’t been growing,” says Jacobs. “We hope additional aid can increase the pool of students entering the field and therefore improve the economy.”  

Students selected as Jacobs Scholars will exemplify strength and potential in academics, service, and leadership with an expressed interest in using engineering education for the betterment of society. Students are selected by the College Admissions Committee during the admissions process and notified of their award in their acceptance letter.  

Current Jacobs Scholars will undoubtedly establish a legacy of excellence for Jacobs Scholars in the years to come.  

McMullen Scholars  

The John McMullen Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students with outstanding achievements both in the classroom and beyond. Selection as a McMullen Scholar is reserved for students with potential for exceptional success at Cornell and in the field of engineering. Students are selected by the College Admissions Committee during the admissions process and notified of their award in their acceptance letter.  

The scholarship is named for John McMullen, who was the president of the Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Dredging Company. Although not a Cornellian himself, on the advice of a friend who was, McMullen bequeathed his estate to Cornell to provide scholarships for engineering students.  

The first McMullen Scholar entered the college in 1925. Receiving this honor places students in a select, exceptional group of individuals who received McMullen support during their undergraduate years at Cornell.  

University Awards  

Commitment Programs  

The Cornell Commitment program recognizes, rewards, and encourages further development of a select group of students who exemplify Cornell’s commitment to academic excellence, work and service, research and discovery, and leadership. The specific programs are linked below: