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2016 Fellows Band and Schultz Recognized for Leadership


Dr. Samuel Adams (far right) and his wife Marlene (far left) were on hand to present the 2016 Adams Leadership awards to Fellows Eric Schultz ’16 and Isabel Band ’16.

In recognition of their academic achievements, as well as their outstanding contributions to advancing the field of public affairs at Cornell, CIPA Fellows Isabel Band and Eric Schultz were named the 2016 recipients of the Adams Leadership Award on April 29.  

Established in 2007 by CIPA alumnus Dr. Samuel Adams, and his wife Marlene, the Professor Leonard P. Adams and Evelyn H. Adams Leadership awards are given to one male and one female student annually and comes with a $3000 prize. Eligibility requirements include maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.7, membership in the honor society Pi Alpha Alpha, and a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in service.

Samuel Adams MPA ’74 is committed to recognizing students not just for their academic prowess, but for their leadership skills and public service commitment.  

“It’s terrific from my perspective, because you really get an opportunity to honor people who are outstanding in the work that they’ve done,” he said. “It’s not easy to do what these students do. When I went to Cornell I did well academically, but there wasn’t that much focus on community service. That’s what this award recognizes.”

Band says she was honored by the recognition and found the experience humbling. “One of the greatest things about [CIPA] is the people that we get to work with,” she said. “There are many other students I can think of who are deserving of this award.”

Schultz plans to use the award to further his academic interests. “I am interested in education policy, especially in linking the pathways between school districts and the education pipeline to labor market demands in rural areas,” he said.

Band has accepted an offer to work for the U.S. Government Accountability Office following her graduation in May.

In presenting the awards, CIPA Executive Director Thomas O’Toole said, “[Schultz’s] career has demonstrated a sincere commitment to leadership and enhancing the welfare of upstate New Yorkers.”

Schultz obtained his undergraduate degree in political science and German from Hartwick College magna cum laude, where he served as Student Senate President and completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany.  He has since completed substantial research projects on the “middle skills gap” in the Rochester Statistical Area, and has drafted grant applications on behalf of the Finger Lakes Economic Council.  

As a CIPA student, Schultz completed a concentration in public and nonprofit management and served as editor-in-chief of the Cornell Policy Review.  He also worked as a research assistant for the Cornell Department of Development Sociology, developing mapping tools for linking students to regional workforce career pathways.  

Prior to matriculating at CIPA, Band served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Kansas City, Missouri from 2012-2014.  At CIPA, she completed consulting engagements through the Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team (SMART) program and interned at the Government Accountability Office last summer.  

Band also served as a student consultant team leader for a project with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority that sought to assess the use of federal housing grants in New Orleans, and was elected Vice President of the Cornell Public Affairs Society.   

This piece was adapted from an article originally published in the Cornell Daily Sun on 4-29-16, by staff writer Jack Wendlera ’18.

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