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OADI Honors Undergraduate Awards

 

  1. Solomon Cook Award for Engaged Research and Scholarship
  2. George Washington Fields Award for Professional Development
  3. Gloria Joseph Award for Opportunity Programs
  4. Marvin Jack Award for OADI Emerging Scholar-Leader
  5. Jerome Holland Award for OADI Outstanding Scholar-Leader

 

Recipients of the following individual undergraduate awards will receive a physical award to recognize and commemorate their outstanding achievements.

1. Solomon Cook Award for Engaged Research and Scholarship

The Solomon Cook (Akwesasne) (B.A. 1938, M.Ag.Ed. 1942, Ph.D. 1950) Award for Engaged Research & Scholarship recognizes a scholar-leader in the OADI Research Scholars Program, the McNair Scholars Program or the First in Class program who has demonstrated engaged learning and leadership inside and outside of the classroom and/or exceptional capacity in research and scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently enrolled undergraduate student in these programs is eligible, but the nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Cornell University by June of this year.
  • The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • The nominee must be in good judicial standing with Cornell University.

The 2018-19 winner was Laura Vasquez-Bolanos '19.

History
Solomon Cook (Akwesasne) (B.A. 1938, M.Ag.Ed. 1942, Ph.D. 1950), after earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell, became the first Native American student to earn a Ph.D. at Cornell University. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was elected Chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council.

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2. George Washington Fields Award for Professional Development

The George Washington Fields (J.D. 1890) Award for Professional Development recognizes a Pre-Professional Programs (P3) student who has made an exemplary commitment to developing themselves for post-graduate success through internships, research and/or professional learning opportunities. This individual also motivates other students to commit themselves to their professional development and academic excellence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently enrolled Pre-Professional Programs student is eligible, but the nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Cornell University by June of this year.
  • The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • The nominee must be in good judicial standing with Cornell University.

 The 2018-19 winner was Vivian Utti '19.

History
George Washington Fields was born into slavery and later escaped with his mother and siblings during the Civil War. Believed to be Cornell’s only former slave graduate, he was part of the inaugural law school class at Cornell. When he earned his degree in 1890, George Washington Fields became not only the first African American graduate of Cornell Law School, but he was also joined by two other undergraduates that same year to become the very first African Americans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell.

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3. Gloria Joseph Award for Opportunity Programs

The Gloria Joseph Award for Opportunity Programs is presented to an HEOP/EOP student or a POSSE Scholar who serves as a role model to their peers through their scholarship, leadership and advocacy of the HEOP/EOP or POSSE Programs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently enrolled HEOP/EOP student or POSSE Scholar is eligible, but the nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Cornell University by June of this year.
  • The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • The nominee must be in good judicial standing with Cornell University.

 The 2018-19 winner was Diala Haddad '20.

History
Gloria Joseph graduated from Cornell with a PhD in Educational Psychology and became the first Director for the University’s Council On Special Education Projects (COSEP), which was Cornell’s first institutionalized diversity initiative. After also serving as an Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell, Dr. Joseph later became a professor with the Africana Center. Many students, staff, and faculty considered Dr. Joseph instrumental to their success at Cornell.

 

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4. Marvin Jack Award for OADI Emerging Scholar-Leader

The Marvin Jack (Tuscarora) (B.S. 1909) Award for a OADI Emerging Scholar-Leader recognizes a rising sophomore or rising junior who has motivated other members of the OADI and campus communities to strive for excellence in scholarship, leadership and advocacy.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently enrolled OADI student is eligible, but the nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Cornell University by June of this year.
  • The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or above.
  • The nominee must be in good judicial standing with Cornell University.

The 2018-19 winner was Sofie Wilson '21.

History
Marvin Jack (Tuscarora) (B.S. 1909) was Cornell’s first Native American student to earn a bachelor’s degree. Mr. Jack later became a horticulturist and advocate for Native American education and success in agriculture.

 

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5. Jerome Holland Award for OADI Outstanding Scholar-Leader

The Jerome “Brud” Holland (B.S. 1939, M.S. 1941) Award for OADI’s Outstanding Scholar-Leader recognizes a rising senior or graduating senior who exemplifies OADI’s values and a deep commitment to diversity, scholarship, leadership, and community engagement. This student’s work is on the forefront of exploring issues regarding diversity and scholarship, and she/he actively works to expand his/her knowledge for the betterment of our greater communities through learning, advocacy, and community engagement. This student is committed to developing not only themselves, and motivates their peers to seek opportunities for advancement.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently enrolled undergraduate student is eligible, but nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Cornell University by June of this year.
  • The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or above.
  • The nominee must be in good judicial standing with Cornell University.

 The 2018-19 winner was Tatiana Ferraro '19.

History
Jerome “Brud” Holland (B.S. 1939, M.S. 1941) was Cornell’s first African American football player. After working his way through Cornell by shoveling coal into a fraternity’s furnace, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cornell. He later became the first Black member of the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. ambassador to Sweden. Dr. Holland also served as President of Delaware State University and Hampton University, and as chairman of the American Red Cross.

 

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