Two basketball players from Brown University filed a class action lawsuit against the Ivy League on March 7, arguing that Cornell University and other Ivy League institutions violate antitrust laws in their refusal to offer athletic scholarships.
Chobani has committed to supporting agricultural development at Cornell, dedicating $500,000 to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and allowing students to benefit from the Chobani Scholarship Program over the next five years.
Since 2018, the program has created opportunities for a number of students in CALS pursuing a career in dairy. This January, Chobani announced that it will broaden its entire program by one million dollars and will expand its eligibility criteria to include a wider variety of agricultural interests.
In the past, this scholarship has provided CALS students interested in dairy with life changing opportunities. Libby Swatling ’24, a scholarship recipient, is an animal science major with a focus in dairy management. Before finding the Chobani program, she reported experiencing difficulty finding a scholarship that would support her aspirations to work in dairy agriculture. Unlike some students pursuing work in the dairy industry, Swatling does not come from a farming background.
“I don’t qualify for a lot of scholarships, and the agriculture focused ones usually require the applicant to be from a farm or be involved in their local [Future Farmers of America] Chapter,” said Swatling.
Five Cornellians were inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding scholarship and promotes diversity and distinction in doctoral education and the professoriate. Among Cornell’s 2019 Bouchet scholars are Elaigwu Ameh grad, Lory Henderson grad, Marysol Luna grad, Aravind Natarajan grad and Monet Roberts grad.
The Cornell Lending Library will begin offering travel grants on a rolling basis to undergraduates who travel off-campus to take pre-professional tests or participate in interviews, the organization announced on March 7.