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PCCW Student-Centered Initiatives

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PCCW programs and activities provide scholarship support for talented undergraduate women students; help women’s athletics teams excel; foster the career advancement of graduate and undergraduate women students; and contribute to initiatives that advance the status of women students at Cornell.

Our members are continually humbled and inspired by their involvement with the next generation of Cornell women!

Cornell Tradition Fellowships

PCCW provides scholarships annually to up to three undergraduate women students (sophomores, juniors, or seniors) who demonstrate a commitment to work, public service, and academic excellence. Established in 1994, the PCCW Cornell Tradition Fellowships ensure that bright, promising young women can study at Cornell no matter what their financial means.

The fellowship makes a real difference in young women’s lives. In the words of one awardee:

I am truly honored and grateful to have received a fellowship dedicated to strong female leaders… . It really means the world, and in exchange for your support, I promise to continue to be worthy of this fellowship. (Alexis Cashman ‘17)

Profiles of the 2015 Cornell Tradition Fellows and a list of past recipients are available here.

Leadership Scholarships

In honor of its 20th anniversary in 2010, PCCW established the PCCW Leadership Scholarship, which annually awards a scholarship to one or more undergraduate women (sophomores, juniors, or seniors) who have exhibited leadership at Cornell. Since its inception, PCCW has raised more than $1 million for this endowed fund.

A list of past PCCW Leadership Scholarship recipients is available here.

Leadership Grantslesfemmes

PCCW Leadership Grants support Cornell women with funding for projects that prepare them for and/or recognize their leadership. Grants are awarded annually for endeavors that will impact students, faculty, administrators, and staff, over the long term. The Leadership Grants endowment includes separate funds for student athletics and student programs.

Examples of recent Leadership Grants focused on students include support for:

PCCW recently received many thanks for its grant to Speak About It, a performance-based program featured during Orientation Week that explores the issues of sexual assault and prevention and healthy relationships.

speak about it It is because of PCCW’s generous support that Orientation Week was able to provide a crucial introduction and foundation for new undergraduate students on healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and consent education. Speak About It has undoubtedly changed the understanding of new students across Cornell. (Sarah Jones, Assistant Dean of Students)


A list of past Leadership Grants awards is available here.

Mentoring and Career Support

Since 1990, PCCW members have mentored over 4,000 Cornell women students during its annual meetings on campus. Through university-sponsored mentoring programs, PCCW members have mentored over 1,000 additional students. In their regional locations, PCCW members continue to sponsor students as externs, hire summer interns, host networking receptions during January break, and mentor students through Cornell programs and one-on-one.

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PCCW members interested in becoming involved in student-centered initiatives should contact the Grants Committee and/or the Mentoring Committee.

Students interested in learning more about scholarships, leadership grants, and/or opportunities to connect with mentors should also contact the Grants Committee and/or the Mentoring Committee.