Since it was established at our 15th reunion, the Cornell Class of 1973 Scholarship has been helping Cornell undergraduates finance their education. The fund has been “quietly” growing over the years through classmate donations, and currently we are able to grant a $10,000+ scholarship to a student needing financial aid. The class officers have designated the Class of 1973 Scholarship as one of the most visible legacies that we can leave to Cornell. How better to leave a mark than establishing a fund that allows multiple students to afford a Cornell education? We encouraged giving to the Class of 1973 Scholarship during our 40th reunion campaign, and many classmates made a gift to help others afford a Cornell education. A gift may be made at any time - and many classmates "round up" their class dues to add a little bit to the scholarship fund.
The class officers have worked to identify a class legacy that we, the members of the Class of 1973, can leave to Cornell which will make an impact on Cornell's future. We have determined that the class legacy should include: Scholarship (we have a Class of 1973 Scholarship which supports at least one student every academic year and will hopefully grow to support additional students), as described above; Mentorship (both of young class officers and graduating students to encourage their support of Cornell as alumni); and Public Service (both through supporting Cornell's initiatives and in our own communities).
As we make progress with these legacy initiatives, and as we identify classmates who are making a difference in their own communities, we will update this site.