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2020-2021 Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars Covid-19 Operations

The Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars and The Cornell Commitment office will be operating virtually at least through the Fall 2020 semester.

You can reach the office by calling and leaving a message at 607-255-8595 or emailing the Director of the Meinig Scholars – Kris DeLuca – at kd15@cornell.edu

Most information during the semester will be shared via our weekly announcements to all members.  We will do our best to keep the website updated. And we will be adding Zoom office hours at some point in the near future. 

We are doing our best to accommodate the special circumstances we’re all working within, as well as creating some innovative ways for us all to interact with each other while we must be physically distant.  Stay tuned. And remember…things can change even when the best laid plans are made – so check in often.

Everyone do their part to keep yourselves and each other safe and healthy.  This will be a memorable year!

SPECIAL MFCNS REQUIREMENTS FOR 2020-2021 ONLY

Due to the pandemic and the uncertainty of whether there will be opportunities to do anything other than virtually, the requirements/expectations for Meinig Scholars for this year only, are as follows:

ALL CLASS YEARS:

  • cumulative GPA of at least 2.7
  • reapplication, including leadership essay, properly submitted by Spring 2021 deadline (specific process and deadlines forthcoming)

FRESHMEN: (in addition to the above for all class years)

  • fully participate in Freshman Forum activities throughout 2020-21 academic year.  Schedule is forthcoming.

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: (in addition to the above for all class years)

  • 100 hours of leadership (Leadership=active participation in an organization/making an impact.) Traditional leadership titles are not necessary!
  • participation in MFCNS-sponsored activities – each assigned point values depending on whether leadership-related or social -  to achieve at least 3 points this academic year. (Meinig Activity Point Requirement)
    • leadership-related activities, such as peer advising, executive mentoring, networking events = 2 points
    • social activities = 1 point 
  • IF you fully participate in either Executive Mentoring or Peer Mentoring, your leadership hours requirement is reduced to 75 hours for 2020-21.
  • FOR THIS YEAR ONLY, WORK will count toward leadership hours.  We realize this pandemic has impacted many of you financially and we want to honor those of you who might need to work to pay your own bills or help out your family.
SENIORS:
  • participation in MFCNS-sponsored activities – each assigned point values depending on whether leadership-related or social -  to achieve at least 3 points this academic year. (Meinig Activity Point Requirement)
    • leadership-related activities, such as peer advising, executive mentoring, networking events = 2 points
    • social activities = 1 point
  • submit an Excellence in Leadership Award application in Spring 2021.  Details forthcoming. (It’s similar to the reapplication but qualifies you for a monetary award at graduation.)

*Note to seniors: participation in Peer Advising and/or Executive Mentoring fulfills almost all your requirements! 

Peer Mentoring expectation – 2x/month meet w/ freshman mentee via Zoom. Eboard will send conversation prompts.  Screenshot of Zoom mtg sent to eboard email (cornellmeinigscholars@gmail.com).  End of each semester, peer mentor submit 250 word reflection detailing experience, suggestions, feedback.

Executive Mentoring expectation – Mentors are asked to host at least 2 sessions/semester.  You must participate in the majority of sessions held.  Attendance noted by student liaison assigned to your group.