Accelerator Scholars Program for First-Generation Dyson and Nolan Undergrads

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The Accelerator Scholars program is a collaborative initiative with generous support from our founding corporate partner, KKR.

The Accelerator Scholars program provides enhanced support, resources, and opportunities for first-generation Dyson and Nolan undergraduate students to further their success at Cornell.

In addition to cohort-wide activities and events, Accelerator Scholars are organized in Mentor Pods: 3 Accelerator Scholars (first-years, sophomores, transfers) + 1 Mentor (juniors, seniors) + 1 KKR Mentor.

2023-2024 Inaugural Cohort:

48 Dyson Accelerator Scholars – 15 Dyson Mentors
21 Nolan Accelerator Scholars – 7 Nolan Mentors

Accelerator Scholars, Mentors, KKR Staff, and Cornell SC Johnson College of Business Staff

Program Includes:

  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Monthly Mentor Pod Meetings
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Career Trek to NYC
  • Cohort Special Events
  • Monthly Mentor Meetings with KKR Mentors

2023-2024 Accelerator Scholar Mentors

  • Barry Adames, Dyson School ’25
  • John Joshua Bernardino, Dyson School ’25
  • Omar Caraballo, Nolan School ’25
  • Gaby Carmona, Dyson School ’25
  • Daniela Cerrato, Dyson School ’24
  • Christian Deleg, Dyson School ’25
  • Josh Figueroa, Dyson School ’24
  • Elena Guo, Dyson School ’25
  • Brandon Huynh, Nolan School ’24
  • Chayil Hyland, Nolan School ’25
  • Talha Islam, Dyson School ’24
  • Valerie Kan, Nolan School ’24
  • Willson Liu, Dyson School ’25
  • Tiffany Luo, Nolan School ’25
  • Pratham Patel, Nolan School ’25
  • Daniil Pavlenko, Dyson School ’24
  • Haley Qin, Dyson School ’25
  • Keylin Saldana, Dyson School ’25
  • Edward Vargas, Dyson School ’25
  • Evan Wei, Nolan School ’25
  • Kaylee Yin, Dyson School ’25
  • Raymond Yuan Li, Dyson School ’24

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Program Announcement: Cornell SC Johnson College of Business To Launch Program with KKR

The Accelerator Scholars Program offers a comprehensive four-year curriculum intended to provide enhanced support, resources, and opportunities to help bolster first-gen students’ skill set and experience.


Student inquiries can be directed to:

Patty Gabriel, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Dr. Jennifer Majka, The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Victor Younger, The Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

Corporate inquiries can be directed to:
Peter Krieger, External Relations

*Cornell defines first-generation as students who come from a family in which neither of their parents or guardians has obtained a four-year college degree. Learn more about Cornell first-generation and low-income student support.