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Fifteen high school scholars chosen for Ohio University Cutler Scholars Program

Ohio University’s Cutler Scholars Program for service-minded academic leaders chose 15 students for its program to begin in the fall of 2016. Students in this cohort hail from Ohio, New York and New Jersey. 

“The 15 Cutler Scholars in the Class of 2020 tie the Class of 2019 as the largest incoming group ever, thanks to the University administration’s help in making untapped endowment income available—as well as a brand-new award:  the Willfred R. Konneker Cutler Scholar for the College of Fine Arts,” said Herman W. Hill, director of the Cutler Scholars Program. “These first-year scholars come from three states and have 11 different planned majors.”

The Cutler Scholars Program is Ohio University’s premier scholarship program. The program recruits high school seniors and selects its students based on their intellectual curiosity, leadership, service and character. The program elements are designed to reinforce a leadership philosophy emphasizing civic responsibility. 

During the four-year scholarship program, Cutler Scholars live together, participate in a weekly colloquium, and take part in four enrichment experiences. The enrichment experiences are comprised of outdoor leadership, public service, international travel, and internships. In addition, students receive a significant scholarship and a stipend for enrichment experiences.  

The Cutler Scholars chosen for the Class of 2020 include:

  • Benjamin Beaty, Proctorville, Ohio
  • Madison Forrest, Olean, New  York
  • Rosa Avina Zuniga, Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • Matthew Benson, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Carlie Tianello, Rocky River, Ohio
  • Kayla McNeal, Oak Hill, Ohio
  • Lara Perrin, Pomeroy, Ohio
  • Dominic Detwiler, Carroll, Ohio
  • Winter Wilson, Athens, Ohio
  • Michaela Trawick, Newark, Ohio
  • Lydia King, Newark, Ohio
  • Aidan Crowl, Athens, Ohio
  • Tyler Milleson, Ironton, Ohio
  • Madison Foltz, Greenfield, Ohio
  • Abbey Marshall, Mason, Ohio

The Cutler Scholars Program began in the mid-1990s as a discussion between alumnus Wilfred R. Konneker and Jack G. Ellis, the University’s then vice president for development, about awarding scholarship and encouraging students to attend Ohio University. Soon after, then-Ohio University President Charles J. Ping joined their discussions, which progressed into the creation of the Cutler Scholars Program, named for the Rev. Manasseh Cutler, co-founder of Ohio University. Students received the first Cutler Scholar awards in the 1996-97 academic year.

For more information on the Cutler Scholars Program, visit http://cutlerscholars.org/

This article was provided by the Cutler Scholars Program.