David Sadoff, a graduate of Suffern High School has been honored with a prestigious Merrill Presidential Scholarship from Cornell University. Fisher is one 33 students honored in 2014. Each spring semester, approximately 1 percent of Cornell’s graduating class is named to receive this honor by the deans of the university’s seven undergraduate colleges. Merrill Scholars, in turn, recognize a high school teacher who most inspired their scholastic development. Sadoff chose Robert Wilson of Suffern High School for this honor.
The high school teachers are invited to campus as guests of the university to participate in two days of events. In addition, a one-time $4,000 scholarship is established in each teacher’s name, to be given to a Cornell student from the teacher’s high school or geographical area. Merrill Scholars also name a Cornell faculty member who most significantly contributed to their college experience. Sadoff honored Government Professor Isaac Kramnick.
The Merrill Presidential Scholars Program is made possible by funding from the late Philip Merrill (Cornell ’55.) The high school teachers are honored under the STAR (Special Teachers Are Recognized) scholarship established in 1989 with support from the late Donald Berens and his wife, Margi Berens, both members of the Class of 1947. STAR is supported through additional gifts from Cornell alumni and friends.