Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards

CONGRATUATIONS 2017 Robinson-Appel Award Recipients

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2017 Robinson Appel recipients


Christina Regan’17 - Faith Based Mentoring Program

Sarah Aiken’18 and Michelle Garceau ’18 - T-S-T- BOCES

Mia Howard ’18 - Plasmodesmata Science Curriculum introduced to prisons




Cornell alumni Gerald Robinson '54, Margot Robinson '55, Robert Appel '53, and Helen Appel '55 established the Robinson-Appel award to recognize and honor students who have had significant involvement in community service by providing support for their projects, which address a community's social needs or problems. Three projects are selected, and each receives $1,500 to further a community service project initiated and proposed by Cornell students. The focus of the project's efforts may be the Cornell campus, the Ithaca community, or a location outside of Tompkins County (but within the United States and its territories). 

The Award is granted on the basis of:

  • The candidate's proposal to use the award money for an innovative approach to a social, governmental, or legal problem within a community.
  • This effort should demonstrate the student's initiative and ability to translate ideals into the practical result of meeting community needs. Proposals should include a timeline of completion, plans for evaluation, and a budget outline. All applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation and/or a letter of nomination from agency personnel or a member of Cornell's faculty or staff.
  • Previous community service. To better judge the capability of carrying out the project, the committee needs an understanding of previous experience in outstanding humanitarian service during the preceding twelve-month period. The service may be in any field: for example, with on-campus organizations such as EARS, ALERT or Into the Streets; with local organizations serving a particular clientele, such as the disabled or elderly, people who are homeless, prisoners, or at-risk youth; or with national efforts to improve the environment, promote justice, or work for conflict resolution.

Students are to apply for the awards, and members of the wider community are invited to encourage students to apply. Apply now


2015 Winners - Susan Murphy, Jonathan Masci, Emma Scher, Lindsey Prutsman, Casey Alexandra Jarvis, Shama Rajan Iyer, and Leonardo Vargas-Mendez (photo: David Burbank)