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Merrill Presidential Scholars Program

Since 1988, the Merrill Presidential Scholars Program has honored Cornell University’s most outstanding graduating seniors, while also recognizing the teachers who have played a significant role in ensuring their success. This unique program was created by the late Philip Merrill ’55 and is made possible through annual support from the Merrill Family Foundation. Cornell University is grateful to the Merrill family—Eleanor Merrill, Douglas Merrill ’89, MBA ’91, Catherine Merrill Williams ’91, and Nancy Merrill ’96—for their continued commitment to the Merrill Presidential Scholars program.

“I have received several awards over the years, but this will rank as number one since I received it from one of my students. What more can a teacher ask for?!”
— an honored high school teacher

Merrill Presidential Scholars rank among the top one percent of the class in their respective schools and colleges.

Each scholar is given an opportunity to recognize the high school teacher who most inspired his or her scholastic development and the Cornell faculty member who most significantly contributed to his or her college experience. Each spring, the scholars, along with their high school teachers and Cornell professors, are honored at a convocation hosted by Cornell’s president. The high school teachers are invited to campus as guests of the university to participate in the convocation, some traveling from as far away as Europe and Asia. Special events are planned to make their visit productive and meaningful.

For more information on the Merrill Presidential Scholars Program, contact:

Office of the Dean of Students
401 Willard Straight Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-8201
dean_of_students-mailbox@cornell.edu
(607) 255-1115