Bierle named Tradition Fellow Craig Bierle, son of Lavonne and John (Jack) Bierle of Vermillion, has been selected as a Cornell Tradition Fellow for the 2002-03 academic year at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
When Ezra Cornell founded this university, he was committed to providing students with opportunities for work as well as for study. The Cornell Tradition, a nationally recognized undergraduate fellowship program created in 1982 with a $7 million anonymous gift, is a contemporary expression of the founder's vision. The program continues to be supported through the generosity of alumni and friends.
Students are nominated for the tradition based on their work ethic, volunteer service/extracurricular activities, and outstanding academic achievement during high school.
Bierle is one of 150 freshmen nominated and selected for this program from the incoming class of approximately 3,000 students. Only 5 percent of Cornell undergraduates are selected to be Tradition Fellows; they are truly among the best of the best.
In recognition of their work ethic, dedication to community service, and academic excellence, students selected for the tradition receive up to $4,000 per year in fellowship funds that replace need-based student loans. Fellows not eligible to receive need-based aid are presented and honorary tradition award. Since the program's inception, more than $22 million in student loans have been replaced with tradition fellowships.
Together, tradition fellows give approximately 160,000 work and 70,000 service hours each year to the university and local communities.