Margaret Boyd Scholars: Meet The Scholars

Meet the Margaret Boyd Scholars 2023-2024 Cohort!

2023-2024 Cohort
Lucy Becker

Hi! My name is Lucy Becker and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am studying Social Work within the Honors Tutorial College and am considering adding a Wealth and Poverty Certificate. I hope to do policymaking work with my social work degree in order to help break the cycle of poverty in underserved communities. I am also involved in the Student Social Workers Association, and I serve as a Women's Affairs Commissioner in Student Senate. I will also be an orientation leader this summer! I am thrilled to work with other women to empower women through the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program! I know from experience just how powerful women can be when we collaborate to uplift others.

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Emily Stokes

Hiya! My name is Emily Stokes and I am studying Journalism News and Information. I am from Marysville, Ohio, which is just outside Columbus by about 30 minutes. I am passionate about being a Scripps kid and have always wanted to be a Bobcat. I am thrilled to be a new Maggie B. and can’t wait to make connections with other empowered women!

When I’m not taking classes and exploring campus, I can be found in the newsroom over at The Post where I am a news reporter. I am passionate about being a Postie and the writing that I get to pursue there! Some of my other hobbies include crocheting, binge watching reality TV, hammocking at Emeriti park, and taking a yoga class at Ping (come and join me!).

I’m honored to be part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and learn from a group of strong women! If you see me around campus I’d love to chat! Or connect with me at!

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Ava Wesner

Hello! My name is Ava Wesner, and I am a social work major! I am from West Chester, Ohio, which is right outside of the Cincinnati area. With my social work major I plan on working in gerontology and/or hospice work! In my free time, I love to listen to music and play music with my friends and family. I’ve been playing the electric bass for around 6 years, and I also love to sing and learn new instruments. I have a deep love for the musician Gregory Alan Isakov, and I know all his songs. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and my siblings whenever I get to see them. I also love to go on hikes and watch video essays on YouTube. Although I am not good at it, I do enjoy painting! I am honored to be a part of such an amazing and welcoming community. Feel free to reach out to me! @

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Mackenzie Shuman

My name is Mackenzie (Kenzie) Shuman, and I am from Chardon, Ohio, which is a small town east of Cleveland. I am majoring in Journalism and planning on pursuing a minor in French. I hope to study abroad in the future and maybe even add a second major.

I love history, so I spend most of my time watching documentaries and true crime shows. My favorite area of history is rock history, and I know pretty much everything there is to know about the past century of music. Some of my favorite artists are Van Halen, Todd Rundgren and The Doors, but I am constantly branching out to find new music. I also collect vintage vinyls, cassettes, and music memorabilia, as well as antiques in general.

I am so honored to be a member of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program. I have never been part of a group like this, so I am extra excited about the opportunities and experiences to come. I hope that in this program I can learn, create, and inspire with this unique group of people.

2023-2024 Cohort
Maya Shaw

Hi! My name is Maya Shaw. I grew up here in Athens, Ohio and have loved every second of it. I am a freshman here at Ohio university and am majoring in environmental and plant biology. I eventually want to focus more on botany or the agricultural side of things later on in my major. I am very honored to be a part of Margaret Boyd Scholars. I greatly value supporting other women in our education and am excited to have support from various other women as well as give my support back to them. I can't wait for what's to come and to get more involved in the program and make new connections and friendships!

2023-2024 Cohort
Mallory Just

Hello! My name is Mallory Just. I am currently a double major in Contemporary Music and Digital Instruments as well as Music Composition here at Ohio University. I play several instruments and I also sing. Another thing about me is that I am from Salt Lake City, Utah. I am also very passionate about using music as a safe space for women and queer people. I love composing along with performing and I hope to be able to do it for the rest of my life.

Along with music, some hobbies of mine include dancing, writing, and anything that involves being outside. I also love helping people in my community as well as others. In middle school through high school, I volunteered at the Utah Food Bank which I found extremely fulfilling and eye-opening. I am an activist for anything I believe in, and I have attended several protests in order to support marginalized groups and speak out against oppression. I have a cat back home, and I can’t wait to be able to bring him with me to college.

In conclusion, I am extremely grateful to be a student at Ohio University, and I am ecstatic to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program.

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Emily Keith

Hi! My name is Emily, and I am from Mason, Ohio! I am majoring in early childhood education, because I have a passion for working with kids and making a positive impact on their lives. I currently work as a summer camp counselor (shoutout Camp Kern) and during the school year I teach swim lessons here at the OU aquatic center and work as a lifeguard! Outside of work, I love to spend time with friends, listen to music, or get coffee/food! I also love volunteering and service work; I got very involved in service and leadership in high school and have been working to continue that in college! I am very excited to be a part of the Margaret Boyd scholars, it is such an honor to be in such an impressive group of women. I am excited to further my knowledge of feminism and social justice, and I hope to make some great friends in this program!

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Alexis Medley

Hi, I’m Alexis, and I’m from Middleport, Ohio, about 30 minutes away. My major is wildlife and conservation biology. Protecting the planet has been my biggest love for as long as I can remember, so it’s a perfect fit!

On top of my love for wildlife, I’m especially passionate about Appalachian growth. I’ve always lived in Appalachia, so I love helping others see the beauty in our mountains. I’m so excited to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars so I can work with a group of great women who share another of my biggest passions, feminism.

When I’m not studying or in the lab, you can usually find me hiking and photographing all the cool animals I find. I also love art (any and all types, but especially embroidery), thrifting, and making music.

If you see me around campus, feel free to say hey! I would love to be friends!

2023-2024 Cohort
Janelle Hoback

Hello Everyone! My name is Janelle Hoback. I am from a small town called Waldo, Ohio, which is about two hours away from Athens. I knew Ohio University was the place for me the second I stepped on campus for the first time. It immediately felt like hOUme!

I am majoring in computer science here at OU. I am extremely interested in web development and design, and I hope to find a career in that area with my degree. I am a part of the Society of Women Engineers Club here on campus, which creates a safe and comfortable space for women in the Russ College of Engineering. In my free time, I love to spend time with my friends, draw and paint, or cuddle up with a really good book. It's not rare to find me in the library or any of the coffee shops in town!

I am incredibly excited to be a part of this year's cohort of Margaret Boyd Scholars. I can't wait to dive in and create amazing experiences alongside strong, intelligent, and empowered women. 

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Alyssa Gray

My name is Alyssa Gray and I am studying Political Science and considering a certificate in Political Communications. I have always known that I wanted to pursue politics and it is definitely a passion of mine for most of my life.

I am originally from Pickerington, Ohio, which is about 20 minutes away from Columbus. However, Athens has always felt like another home to me because many of my family members, including both of my parents, went here!

Some of my hobbies are reading, hanging out with friends, drinking coffee or exploring Athens. I also love listening to political podcasts and am a fan of NPR. I am involved in many organizations on campus, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Political Science Majors Association, Hall Council and National Residence Hall Honorary. I also play the flute and piccolo in the University Concert Band.

I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to participate in a group with so many other wonderful women!

2023-2024 Cohort
Laila Christian

Hi! My name is Laila Christian and I am a first-year student from Shaker Heights, OH (a suburb near Cleveland)! I am pursuing a BFA here at Ohio University in Musical Theatre and am so excited to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program spring semester and beyond. I am honored to be surrounded by an amazing group of hardworking women and hope to empower those around me as we empower each other.

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Raziya Croom

Hello, my name is Raziya and a little bit about me is that my major is Sociology pre-law. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated Highschool a year early at the age of 16. I am an only child with a dog who acts as if she is human and my sister. As of right now I am very interested in everything with law especially with wrongful convictions and fixing the legal system and I plan to go to law school to further my education to then become a lawyer and change the low percentage of black lawyers. I am apart of many student orgs that deal with law such as Phi Alpha delta Prelaw Fraternity. I am so excited to be joining the Margret Boyd Scholars Program as I will be alongside young woman with different backgrounds and bright futures.

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Hayleigh Harr

Hello, my name is Hayleigh Harr! I am from a small town about two hours from Athens that is known as Saint Clairsville, Ohio. I am currently in the College of Business double majoring in Pre-Law and (my other co-major is currently undecided).

Here at OU, I am involved in many wonderful groups and organizations. My favorite student org is Chaarg, which promotes physical wellness and helps members maintain a positive mindset. I have also joined some intramural sports teams, those being soccer and flag football! I am thankful for these opportunities, as they have given me so many new friends!

With that being said, I am thrilled to have the amazing opportunity of being a part of the 2024 cohort of Margaret Boyd Scholars! I cannot wait to learn and grow with the other amazing women in this program! Feel free to contact me at any time at!

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Fizza Fatima
Hello, I'm Fizza Fatima, currently majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology on the pre-med track. Beyond Academia, I love reading poems and swimming. Born on November 18, 2003, I call the city of Lucknow, India, my home.
In my journey, I am accompanied by cherished family ties including my grandmother Khursheed. My sister, Jenna, and my rock, my mother Farah, weave the fabric of my support and inspiration. My mother stands as my greatest muse, guiding my path with her wisdom and unwavering support.
I take pride in being a part of the prestigious Margaret Boyd Scholars, cherishing the opportunity to contribute and learn within this inspiring community.
Stay connected as my story unfolds, intricately weaving together the strands of knowledge and passion for neuroscience that mold the fabric of my narrative. Exciting chapters lie ahead!
2023-2024 Cohort
Divine Mbabazi

Hello! I’m Divine, I was born in Rwanda before moving to the U.S. and living in the Cincinnati area. I’m studying computer science in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. I pursued computer science because I’ve always been fascinated with technology and its impact.

I’m also in the Honors program. My plans for the future are to get a bachelor’s degree, a few cybersecurity certificates, and experience. I like doing all kinds of things in my free time. From hanging out with friends and family to coloring. I’m

very thankful and pleased to be a part of this program. I can’t wait to see how it influences me as a person. Feel free to contact me about anything at

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Kate Wiselogel

Hi! My name is Kate Wiselogel and I am an English major in the Honors Tutorial Program. I also hope to pursue a certificate in Women and Gender Studies. I am from Westerville, Ohio which is a suburb of Columbus.

I am very proud to be a second-generation bobcat through my mom. My mom raised me to be an outspoken feminist from a young age and that passion has continued throughout my life. I also have two younger brothers and a beloved cat named Agatha. In my free time, I enjoy watching professional soccer, reading, discussing movies, and spending time with my friends and family. I am currently involved with the ACLU chapter on campus.

I can’t wait to get to know everyone. I am very honored and excited to be a part of this program!

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Laila Talley-Muhammad

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Jessa Chan

Hi! My name is Jessa Chan, and I am from Rochester Hills, Michigan. I am studying Geographic Information Science with a minor in German and I am considering a minor in history. I love hanging out with my friends, traveling, learning new things, and my two cats!

Some of my favorite pastimes are drawing, painting, reading, and dancing! I love all the cubs at OU, fencing and OU Vibrations especially! One of my favorite things is the Olympics. I love watching events, reading articles, and learning about Olympic history. I hope to be able to study abroad someday in Germany or Austria, as I love the German language and different cultures there.

I am also very excited to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program! It is an amazing opportunity to work and spend time with this group over the next four years!

2023-2024 Cohort
Elise Walters

Hi! My name is Elise Walters, I am from Cleveland Ohio. In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, and exploring what the world has to offer! I love all things beauty, fashion, and music. If I’m not in Copeland, you can find me studying in Court Street Coffee. As a student pursuing higher education, I strive to obtain a BA in Marketing to work with companies to create digital media content and implement effective marketing strategies, resulting in successful brand promotion. Additionally, I am working towards an Advertising and PR minor with a Social Media certificate. This will allow me to expand my brand, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to create purposeful communication for a company to fulfill its mission. I am graciously honored to have received the opportunity to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program. As a prospective woman in business, it’s important to demonstrate powerful female leadership. I hope to take the skills I learn and share them with like-minded individuals within the business community. To promote female scholarship, I am ready to expand my mind to new territory, enjoy the process of discovery, fight for equity, and get involved in the community. Being among the powerful women in the Margaret Boyd Scholars program is truly inspiring. I look forward to carrying on the empowering legacy of Margaret Boyd throughout my 4 years and beyond.

2023-2024 Cohort
Maggie Giansante

Hello my name is Maggie Giansante and I am so excited to be part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program! I am from Buffalo, NY pursuing a pre-law sociology major and anthropology minor. I am everywhere on campus and love to be involved in organizations; I am currently a member of Student Senate, ACLU, UPC and the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. My favorite place to study is Jefferson East End along with the Student Senate office. When I'm not on campus you can find me reading, sewing or practicing my baton twirling.

I have always loved law and plan to become a human rights lawyer focusing on immigration law and prison reform in the future.

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Sofia Baris

Hi there, my name is Sofia Baris! I'm from Shaker Heights, Ohio, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland, and I'm proud to call myself a Cleveland sports fan! I am currently majoring in Integrated Social Studies Education through Patton College of Education, and I have my wonderful history teachers at Shaker Heights High School to thank for helping me find my passion for teaching and learning.
When I'm not scrolling endlessly through Wikipedia, I can be found in the Women's Studies office as a student assistant, or eating fresh baked challah at the Chabad house (Jewish Student Center), but anyone can entice me into a conversation if it has to do with trivia, a good book, guitars, or anything outdoors!
I'm so grateful to be a part of the new cohort and be a freshly minted Maggie B! This is such a special opportunity and I'm ecstatic to see where this program takes us! Email me at with anything (but new music or Spotify profiles are encouraged)!

2022-2023 Cohort
Gwena Ehlers

Hello, my name is Gwena Ehlers! I am a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major here at Ohio University. I am originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin (yes, like the sport). I am also considering a minor in History and/or Spanish. I am very passionate about empowering women and I am so excited to be a part of this program!
I love to read and paint in my free time. I also love music, pretty much all of it, but especially love songs. Cats are probably my favorite animals, my cat's name is Colette and she lives in my dorm!
Feminism has been my biggest passion since middle school and creating open and safe environments and educating myself and others on the diverseness of our world is very important to me. I hope to work within Non-profits to empower and support people and social-justice movements in my future. 
I am so thankful to have the opportunity to participate in this incredible program and I am so proud to call myself a Margaret Boyd Scholar.

2022-2023 Cohort
Claire Shelpman

Hi! My name is Claire Shelpman, and I am an aviation major at Ohio University. I am from Urbana Ohio, which is about a 2-hour drive from Ohio University.

I chose aviation because of my love of traveling and getting to see the world. I am double-majoring in aviation flight and aviation management, with (hopefully) 3 minors, 2 from aviation and 1 in Spanish.

At home, I spend my time reading, babysitting, volunteering, playing video games, and spending time with my friends and family. I have 2 cats and a dog, and they are all a huge part of my life, and started my love of animals, leading to some of my volunteering activities.

I am part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, and am honored to be a part of such an amazing group of women! I cannot wait to begin the requirements and activities that being part of this program entails.

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Sierra Bowersock

Hi! My name is Sierra Bowersock and I am from Lancaster, Ohio. I am currently pursuing a psychology major. I am excited and honored to be a part of this program! I am looking forward to all of the exciting and professional opportunities that this program has to offer.

In my free time I like to sew, crochet, read, macrame, and hike. I am very creative and I love making things from scratch. I find making something with your own hands and hard work is very satisfying. I love the outdoors and whenever I can I like to immerse myself in doing outdoor activities. I also am a huge documentary fan. I find past stories and events fascinating.

If anyone needs a friend or wants to talk, my email is I love to make new friends and to talk to new people, so please do not hesitate to reach out.

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Celia Hawk

Hello! My name is Celia Hawk and I am an environmental studies major within the Honors Tutorial College here at OU. I currently plan on pursuing a career in environmental law so I am pursuing a minor in biological sciences and a certificate in Law, Justice and Culture. I am passionate about preserving the environment and protecting the public against environmental injustice.

I am involved with the Ohio University Sustainability Ambassadors and often attend events through ACLU and Bobcats Go Green. I love to write music, craft, and go on hikes.

I am so grateful to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars program. I can't wait to learn and grow with all of the scholars in my cohort! Feel free to reach out to me at! :)

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Chloe Fabricante

Hi! My name is Chloe Fabricante and I am from Fairfield, Ohio. I am a first-generation college student and Classical Civilizations major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and pursuing a Philosophy double major with a minor in History. I graduated from Butler Tech’s Veterinary Science Program but fell in love with the humanities upon arriving at Ohio University. I love finding new ways to include my major in extracurricular activities and sharing something I am passionate about with others!
I am a member of the Ohio University Speech and Debate Team and Recruitment Chair for the College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors (CASSA). In my free time I can usually be found somewhere on college green, Ping Rec Center, or with friends at Court Street Coffee. 
The community at Ohio University has been my favorite part of school so far and I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing cohort where I can grow and learn with other amazing women! Feel free to reach out anytime at

2022-2023 Cohort
Ashlyn Sleesman

Hello all!
My name is Ashlyn Sleesman, and I am from Edgerton, Ohio. I am a Political Science major in the Honor’s Program, and I am also pursuing a certificate in Law, Justice, and Culture here at Ohio University. I am involved in the Pre-Law Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, American Civil Liberties Union Student Group, Ohio Innocence Project University Chapter, H20 Church, and Bridge USA.

Most of my free time is spent with my family, so I’m often found bothering my sisters and playing with my nephews and nieces. I love to book thrift, watch films, taste test new coffees, golf, and practice yoga. If you see me around campus, I’m most likely listening to a podcast about politics, history, finances, or true crime. I am so excited to be apart of the Margaret Boyd Program, and I can not wait to get involved in this community! Please feel welcome to reach out to me at @

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Maeve Fellerhoff

Hi! My name is Maeve and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently studying Studio Art in OU’s Honors Tutorial College and pursuing a concentration in Sculpture & Expanded media as well as a minor in Biological Sciences. I grew up in the woods and am deeply passionate about the outdoors, conservation, and wildlife. I love backpacking and camping and am an amateur birder/wildlife photographer. Additionally, I have a deep love for reading, poetry, and prose and have played flute for over ten years. I’m happiest living in the intersection between the academic and artistic and am super excited to be taking part in the Margaret Boyd program. You can find me laying in my backyard, wiping out on my bike around campus, or by email at-

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Emily Arnold

Hello! My name is Emily Arnold, and I am thrilled to be a part of this year's Margaret Boyd Scholars cohort. I major in Exercise Physiology Pre-Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences and Professions. 

I grew up in Marietta, Ohio, only forty minutes away from Athens. Because Athens is close by, it feels like a home away from home. I have always been familiar with the positive energy that surrounds Ohio University, and I am excited to have the chance to continue my undergraduate education here. You can find me on the fifth floor of Alden library- (my favorite spot on campus!)

When I am not studying, my hobbies include working out, swimming, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Ohio University is the perfect place to pursue my studies while enjoying college life! I cannot wait to see what Ohio University has in store for me!

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Isabella Martin

Hello everyone! My name is Bella, and I am an Athens local. I feel so lucky to have grown up here because it is a very special place with so much to offer. I am currently double majoring in Acting and Communication Studies, and I am also an Ohio Honors Program student. Even though I’ve always felt drawn to the world of film and television and have always dreamed about pursuing acting professionally, I wasn’t very involved with performance when I was growing up; I was geared more towards the outdoors and sports. My family and friends are very adventurous, so I experienced a lot of camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking- you name it. I was very passionate about soccer. It was a sport that I loved to play, dedicated a lot of time to and found a lot of joy in. In terms of my creative side, I've enjoyed singing and playing the guitar for many years now, and I also like to draw and paint here and there. I am incredibly grateful to have been accepted into the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program. It is a wonderful and empowering program, and I am very excited and optimistic about this opportunity to learn and grow with a group of amazing people. Feel free to contact me anytime!

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Sara Weller

Hello! My name is Sara Weller, and I’m from Pittsburgh, PA! Here at Ohio, I’m studying Wildlife and Conservation Biology, and currently considering a few different minors including Outdoor Recreation Education. My goal in life is to impact the lives of others in a positive light, and hopefully do that through education.

Growing up I tried almost every sport under the sun, and ended up spending high school engrossed in the different worlds of music. Apart from music, I love attending sporting events, reading, and taking walks with my dog. 

I am so excited to be at Ohio! I was drawn in by the beautiful campus, and all the wonderful faculty that are ready to help students. Currently, you can find me on campus with either TriBeta Biological Honors Society, CASSA (College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors), or wandering around with my wonderful friends. My favorite study spot is anywhere outside on a nice day, or a cozy corner of Alden! 

Along with everything else at Ohio, I am elated to join the Margaret Boyd Scholars. This program is filled with empowered, intelligent, diverse women, and I am honored to be a part of the story. I am excited to watch the growth of myself and my fellow scholars over the coming years!

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Taylor Payne

Hello! My name is Taylor Payne, and I'm from just outside of Columbus, Ohio. I am currently undecided within the College of Arts and Sciences, but I am interested in pursuing a degree in relation to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I’m extremely honored to be involved in this program!

Some of my hobbies include thrifting, vintage shopping, reading, and baking! I really love collecting unique pieces of clothing and jewelry, as well as doing new and fun makeup looks when I have time! I also love all types of music, and I played the flute all throughout high school. I’m extremely passionate about social justice, as well as becoming a more thoughtful and engaged citizen. I hope to continue to pursue activism work throughout my time at OU, as well as once I graduate.

I am very excited to experience this program this year, alongside other young women who have the same passion for creating a difference in our world! Feel free to contact me at to chat!

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Annika Lindsey

Hello! My name is Annika Lindsey, and I am from Zanesville, Ohio. I am majoring in history through the Honors Tutorial College and am also currently pursuing a certificate in Law, Justice, and Culture. I have always enjoyed learning about history, so I am very excited to be able to research it further! I fell in love with the beauty of this campus and enjoyed the community I found myself a part of during my time here. My older sister also attends OU, which definitely contributed to my choice to attend school here. 

In my free time, I enjoy drawing, painting, running, reading, and swimming. Aside from the Margaret Boyd Scholar Program, I am also a part of the ACLU and participate in swim club!

I am super excited to be a part of this program! I look forward to getting to know all the wonderful people within this program and engaging myself within the community the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program is providing us with!

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Emersyn Wolfe

Hi! my name is Emersyn Wolfe and I am from Cleveland OH. I'm majoring in sociology pre law and I am especially interested in civil rights law. I hope to attend law school after my undergrad. Outside of academics, I am the Women's affairs senator for Student Senate and apart of Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity. I also love to do yoga at ping with my roommate and hanging out with friends is my favorite thing in the world! Honorable mention is my little pug looking dog named Pinky.

I knew I've always wanted to go to OU since the day my mom and I dropped my big brother off here for his freshman year in 2019. Both my parents went to OU as well so it feels like hOUme to me!

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Syd Casterline

Hi! I’m Syd, I’m from the Columbus area and I’m studying Nursing with a minor in Psychology and certificate in Woman and Gender Social Studies while in the Honors program. The plan right now is to get my masters to be a midwife, after being a labor and delivery nurse, helping women bring in the generations of the future!

My interests include theater, I could talk for hours about musicals and plays, and have performed in a few myself! I love painting (only with the numbers haha!) and my cat Cleo who is also a bobcat and my biggest support! I also love advocating for people and serving as an aide to those around me, as I love psychology in every way and helping people is my source of happiness.

I am so honored to not only be a part of the 2022 Margaret Boyd Scholars cohort, but to also be the first nursing student of the program! I am blessed to be around such a wonderful group who supports me through thick and thin!!

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Alana Mitchell

Hi, my name is Alana Mitchell! I am from Mansfield Ohio, where I graduated from Mansfield Saint Peter’s high school with honors. At Ohio University, I am an economics major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am also pursuing a certificate in wealth and poverty.

I have many interests that fill my time when I am not focused on my academics. I really value community service. While in high school, I was secretary of the Key Club and orchestrated many service projects. I also enjoy watching documentaries. My love of documentaries stems from my love for learning new and interesting things. Having been a part of varsity high school athletics, I have become a big sports fan.

I am incredibly grateful and excited to be a part of this program and the connections it will bring me! If you ever want to chat about service opportunities, documentaries, go for a walk, or simply be friends, feel free to reach out.

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Molly Murphy

Hello! My name is Molly Murphy and I was raised in Cameron, West Virginia before moving to St. Clairsville Ohio where I graduated high school. I am a Wildlife and Conservation 
Biology major and hope to work in wildlife rehabilitation in the future. My earliest memories are with animals so I knew right away that Ohio University was a perfect fit for me. 

Outside of class I love spending time with my chickens and my dog, Pongo. I also like to hike, read, collect shiny rocks, sew, and spend time with my friends. Pretty much any outdoor activity is right up my alley. I come from a pretty big family with five sisters and one brother so if I’m ever out of Athens you can find me spending time with my family at home. 

Words can’t express how grateful and lucky I am to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholar Program and I can’t wait for the years to come!

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Kylee Ray Pitts

My name is Kylee, and I am a first year English- Creative Writing major here at Ohio University! I am from Columbus, Ohio and I have eleven siblings, one of which is my twin sister Kaylie. Some of my interests are hiking, reading, and traveling! I love hiking through the woods in my hometown. My favorite genre of book is dystopian and science fiction because I enjoy being submerged in unique, alternate worlds. So far, my favorite places to travel to are Houston, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida. I would like to one day travel outside of the country. The top two places I want to visit are Tokyo, Japan and Cape Town, South Africa. In regards to the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, I am most excited about expanding on my leadership skills, giving back to my community, and learning about, while also celebrating, prominent women in history!

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Mariko Cooper

Hello! My name is Mariko Cooper, and I grew up 80 miles northwest of Athens in Grove City, Ohio. I was very fortunate to have several choices of universities to continue my education, but upon my first visit, I absolutely fell in love with Athens and knew that Ohio University was where I was meant to be. I am majoring in Biological Science Pre-Professional and minoring in Japanese. Beyond undergrad, I plan to go to medical school and pursue a career in plastic surgery where I can assist people as they make decisions for themselves that provide both physical and mental benefits. 
Someday I hope to be able to travel and see the world, while at Ohio University I do plan on at some point studying abroad, likely visiting Japan due to my minor as well as family. Whenever I find time for myself, I love to snowboard, read, attend festivals, and listen to heavy metal music, which often coincides with the aforementioned activities. I love to treat myself to an occasional matcha run and Bagel Street Deli. I have already been able to make so many new and fantastic memories with my family and friends here in Athens and look forward to many more!
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and excited to learn and grow alongside this outstanding group of women. Please feel free to reach out to me at

2022-2023 Cohort
Courtney Ruffin

Hello! My name is Courtney Ruffin. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio. I attended Bowling Green High School and Penta Career Center. The latter was a trade school where I obtained my cosmetology license. I am an engineering student majoring in Aviation Flight with a minor in Aviation Management. I am a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Women in Engineering; I hope to be involved in more organizations. I am so excited to be in the program and the relationships I will build through it. I am passionate about minorities being able to advocate for themselves and having the resources to do so. When I'm not doing schoolwork, I enjoy anything involving hair, skin, nails, and reading. If you see me around campus, feel free to say hi or start a conversation. I would love to talk to you!

2021-2022 Cohort

2021-2022 Cohort
Ankita Bansode

Hi, I am Ankita, an international student from India.
I am pursuing Political science (pre-law) major through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Ohio honors program. Although I plan to study Law after graduation, I would love to pursue creating art full-time since I love writing and reading all kinds of literature.

Currently, I am involved with many on-campus organizations: The Post-Athens (My column is 'Answers from Ankita'), the NRHH, Poli-sci major association, and Ohio university Entrepreneur. I read books, write poetry and prose, talk about cats, and paint anything/anywhere during my free time.

I am truly honored to be chosen as one of the Maggie B's and is looking forward to a beautiful journey.

2021-2022 Cohort
Julia Bee

Hi! My name is Julia and I'm from Columbus, Ohio. I'm currently studying Sociology/Criminology with a focus on child and family studies. I've always loved true crime and learning about criminal justice - even as a kid, watching documentaries captured my imagination and has played a huge role in a lot of my hobbies! Now, I hope to continue exploring this crucial and fascinating field alongside the experiences I'm lucky to share with other inspiring Margaret Boyd members.

If you ever want to chat or recommend a new show you can reach me at

2021-2022 Cohort
Abreanna Blose

Hello! My name is Abreanna Blose, but most people refer to me as Abby. I grew up in Canton Ohio and graduated from Perry High School. The support of my wonderful family has allowed me to grow into the advocate, student, artist, writer, and the woman I am today.

I began writing as soon as I knew how to hold a pencil. I string together words to form everything from short stories to speeches and poems. This love for writing is what led me to Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. I am currently a Journalism Major on the track of News and Information. I plan to minor in Communications Studies and aspire to earn a certificate in Political Communications.

My hobbies include painting, reading, repurposing furniture and clothes, meditating, collecting crystals, and oddly enough- public speaking. I am a part of Ohio University’s Speech and Debate team and a writer for both Thread Magazine and Her Campus.

Like many of the opportunities I have found at OU so far, I am thrilled to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and can not wait to see what is in store for the next four years!

2021-2022 Cohort
Isabella Curet

Hi! My name is Isabella and I am from North Canton, Ohio, a town about 2.5 hours away from Athens that’s just north of Canton city. Back at home. I spend 5 years in the YMCA Teen Leaders Program, which gave me the groundwork for being a good leader and teammate in my day-to-day life. I was involved in my high school’s Video Productions Career Technical Program for 3 years, which has lead me to major in Film at Ohio University. Eventually, I possibly plan to expand my studies to include Early Education, in order to work towards creating better and more developmentally healthy television programming for children.
In my free time, I love music, theater, art, and spending time with my friends. I play violin in 2 campus orchestras, and I am involved in the student-run Lost Flamingo Theater Company. I also love fashion, collecting fun and interesting clothes, and dressing to make myself feel good and to express myself.
I am grateful to have been chosen for the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program because my life and activities have largely been male-dominated, and I look forward to working and becoming friends with other women who want to make large-scale change in our world.

2021-2022 Cohort
Elena Delach

Hi! My name is Elena and I'm an Environmental Biology major. I am currently also pursuing a certificate in Environmental Studies, Sustainability, and Resilience, and ​considering a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Education. I grew up in Montclair, Virginia (about 45 minutes outside of D.C.), but I moved to Ohio just before my freshman year of high school and consider myself an Athenian without a doubt.

I grew up loving nature but nothing solidified my appreciation for the outdoors more than living in Athens, where there are so many great opportunities for recreation and exploration. I enjoy biking, birding, hiking, and wildflower identification (ask me the best places in Athens to see flowers! I have a list!) I’ve dabbled in climbing and mountain biking but I would love to get more into both.

When I’m not stomping around in the woods, I enjoy eating bananas, laying in grass, boogying to live music around Athens, and stalking friends on Spotify. I also play soccer and I am a member of the OU Women's Crew team.

I am incredibly grateful to be part of a community like Margaret Boyd and I am looking forward to learning and growing alongside the other 19 lovely ladies in this program. Please feel free to reach out to chat at

2021-2022 Cohort
Carlene Edmonds

Hello! My name is Carlene Edmonds and I am from Cleveland, OH. I am an English Pre-Law major in the College of Arts and Sciences here at Ohio University. I am also currently pursuing a certificate in Law Justice and Culture, and am a member of the Ohio Honors Program. I am very interested in human rights and international relations, and hoping to one day work in international law. I am also in the Pre-Law Phi Alpha Delta fraternity and the Ohio University Equestrian Team here on campus. I am hopeful to become involved in even more campus organizations this semester. In my free time I enjoy reading, going to get coffee, and being active. I am so excited for this opportunity to be a member of the Margaret Boyd Scholar community, and cannot wait to become involved! Please feel free to reach out to me! My email is

2021-2022 Cohort
Jaden Gaither-Hillard

Hello! My name is Jaden Gaither-Hillard. I live in Springboro, Ohio. I grew up in a small town called Lebanon, Ohio and I graduated from Lebanon High School. My parents are Shannon Hillard and Jesse Gaither and I have an incredible younger sister named Willa. I also have two dogs named Mochi and Sushi and a cat named Kahlo.

I am thrilled to be apart of the Margaret Boyd Program! It will provide so many amazing connections and opportunities throughout my time at Ohio University. I am also apart of the Ohio Honors Program. Besides my education, I am also very passionate about politics, art, the environment and traveling/exploring other cultures. My biggest goal is to make a positive impact wherever I go. It is so important to me to bring kindness and patience to people and programs I am involved in.

I am looking forward to being in a Program that will assist my growth and learning throughout my time at Ohio University!
Feel free to reach out!

2021-2022 Cohort
Giah Harper

Hello everyone! My name is Giah Harper. My hometown is New Albany, Ohio. I was born and raised in West Chester, Ohio where I attended school
In Lakota until moving to New Albany where I graduated high school. I am an Anthropology student, currently focusing on biological anthropology. I'm thrilled to be able to take part in this program!
I have many interests, way too many to name, but some of my favorites are photography, horseback riding, pageantry, music and activism. When I'm not focusing on school I like to dance around my room and do my makeup.
If you see me around campus please say hello. I'm always willing to talk!

2021-2022 Cohort
Natalie Harris

Hello! My name is Natalie, but my friends call me Nat. I am an Early Childhood Education Major in the Patton College of Education. I am from Pomeroy, Ohio, which is only about a half hour away from Athens. I graduated from Southern High school with only about 45 people in my graduating class. Because of this, I have always felt more comfortable in a small town setting. Even though OU is a moderately big school, I feel as if it has a wonderful small town vibe to it.
I chose education because I grew up in a very big family. I have 6 siblings, 5 of which are younger than me, and 11 cousins, 8 of which are younger than me. I have always loved kids and truly understand how important elementary school is for growing children.
Some of my free time includes reading, watching movies, listening to music, and enjoying the outdoors. One of the reasons I love Ohio University is because there are so many places that I can just relax and read a book while listening to music outside.
I am so excited to be a part of Margaret Boyd with the rest of my cohort. Please feel welcome to reach out and chat at

2021-2022 Cohort
Makenna Koogler

Hi! My name is Makenna Koogler! I am from a small town north of Dayton, Ohio. At Ohio University I am majoring in Wildlife and Conservation Biology in the College of Arts and Science, and I am also a member of the Ohio Honors Program. I fell in love with OU's beautiful campus and cannot wait to see it every fall for the next three years! I am also super excited to be a part of such an amazing organization that works to provide women with a community and sense of belonging.

In my free time I really enjoy reading, hiking, thrifting, and photography. I love anything to do with any kind of animals, especially amphibians, and I am extremely passionate about sustainability and environmentalism. I have always felt very connected to nature and wildlife, so I spend a lot of time outdoors admiring all of the pollinators and wildflowers.

On campus I am involved in HIKE Club, Outdoor Club, and I am a daytime sitter for the 4 Paws Campus Club. I would love to step into more leadership roles on campus, and I plan to use the skills I develop in this program to do so!

I am thrilled to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program! I cannot wait to meet all the other amazing women in this program! Feel free to contact me

2021-2022 Cohort
Mirage'a Lamb

Hello, I’m Mirage’a I like reading, playing video games, hanging out with friends, and learning about other people. I’m told I’m very understanding and easy to be around. My favorite season is winter and my least favorite is summer. If you see me around I’m always happy to talk!

2021-2022 Cohort
Olivia Rhea Mincks

Hi!! My name is Olivia Mincks and I am from Wapakoneta, Ohio. I am a first-generation college student studying psychology at Ohio University, and plan on receiving my graduate degree here as well! I love people which lead me to want to pursue a degree in psychology. Being at Ohio University has been the most beautiful experience of my life. I am a part of the Young Democratic-Socialists of America club which has introduced me to so many amazing people.
In my free time, I like to educate myself on human rights by watching documentaries, reading books, or participating in marches. I am also a lover of art, I love playing music, doing make-up, and styling clothes. The diversity at Ohio University truly inspires these passions of mine, which is why I chose to go to school here.
Words cannot express my excitement to be in such a wonderful program as Margaret Boyd! Feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or even a little makeover! My email is I am looking forward to all the adventures to come!

2021-2022 Cohort
Cassandra Nalazek

Hello! My name is Cassie Nalazek, and I am majoring in Anthropology through the Honors Tutorial College. I am fortunate enough to have called Athens my home for my entire life, so when it came time to choose a college there was no question that I would become a Bobcat. Growing up in Athens has led to my appreciation for great food, the outdoors, a strong sense of community, and respect for every type of weather imaginable. It has been such an honor to share this wonderful town with my new friends and classmates since beginning my time at Ohio University.

While my major lies in the humanities, I am also on the pre-med pathway. I am passionate about providing healthcare in underserved communities such as Appalachia, and I have a strong interest in women’s health. I believe that studying anthropology will give me a unique perspective on medicine as I hope to build a career that enables me to create a healthier, more accepting, and empowering life for as many people as possible.

Outside of classes, I am a part of Pre-SOMA (Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association) and Power Gamma, the peer-health education group on campus. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my friends and family, hiking, baking, working out, and listening to music. Please feel free to geek out about Taylor Swift with me! Back home I have two cats, Gus and Sophie, who I love dearly.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, and I cannot wait to see all the ways that this incredible community will allow me to grow as both a student and a young woman! Please feel free to reach out:

2021-2022 Cohort
Krupaben C Patel

I’m twenty year old Krupa Patel from a very beautiful state called Gujarat of India. I was born and grew up in India, the country who is rich in culture, festivals and in entertainment. I reflect a varied personality including ambition, and the quality of generosity and thoughtfulness. I am also very determine and curious person. I encourage fighting for an individual rights and what we believe in.

I’m a full-time student, stimulated by my curiosity for learning and succeeding as I want to become an excellent and successful women in current society. With the goal of becoming a Researcher in a particular cancer field and become a helpful person to others, I’m currently completing my bachelors degree in Biological sciences: cell/cellular and molecular biology at Ohio university and I’m an first year student, and also a first generation.
Apart from my interest in science, I also have interest in art. I love how artists represent their feelings and their thoughts in their art work. I particularly love the painting and sketches, I use to do sketches. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my loved ones.

2021-2022 Cohort
Julia Elise Platt

Hello, my name is Julia Platt! My hometown is Pittsburgh, PA, and I graduated from Moon Area High School. At Ohio University, I am an English major in the Honors Tutorial College. I’ve always loved reading, and that passion quickly grew to writing as well, so studying literature was a no-brainer for me.

Some of my other passions include philosophy and law. I was on my high school’s Mock Trial team, and I am currently an Associate Justice on the Ohio University Judicial Panel. Also, I am very passionate about activism. The Margaret Boyd Scholars Program is perfect for me to be part of a community filled with intelligent women focused on lifting each other up.

In my free time, I love to watercolor paint, play the flute and piano, watch Sherlock, and write novels. A fun fact about me is that I have a creepily convincing British accent after watching too many British TV shows.

I am thrilled to be part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!

2021-2022 Cohort
Breanna Reidl

Hiya! My name is Breanna Reidl and I am from Canton, Ohio.
I am a Communication Studies major at the Scripps' College of Communication, and pursuing a double major in psychology with a minor in sociology. The social sciences have always been a major interest of mine and I look forward to studying these subjects on Ohio University's beautiful campus.
I am a member of the Ohio University Speech and Debate Team, and the Student Professionals of Communication Studies (SPCS).

I feel so lucky to have been chosen for the Margaret Boyd scholars program and to be surrounded by so many intelligent women.

If you want to chat, talk to someone, or ask me questions about anything at all, you can reach me at :)

2021-2022 Cohort
Jenna Reitz

Hello! My name is Jenna Reitz. I’m currently studying Photojournalism at the Scripps College of Communication and pursuing a minor in World Religions. I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio where I graduated from Fairview High School. I grew up attending Cleveland Public Schools and moved to the suburbs shortly after the transition into middle school. Having been able to experience this diverse and cultural landscape early on in my education, social justice reform became a prominent passion of mine. Throughout high school, I participated in several movements around Cleveland, including March For Our Lives, the Women’s March, and various Black Lives Matter protests. It was during these events I realized the truly powerful impact photography can have on our lives.

I aspire to continue working as an advocate for underrepresented communities as a foreign correspondent and photographer. For now, during my time here at Ohio University I’ve become involved with several student organizations including GIVE, an organization centered around ethical and sustainable volunteering (especially within the Athens community!), OU College Democrats, and the National Press Photographers Association. I intend to study abroad this upcoming summer as well!

I am so excited to be a part of the Boyd Scholars program, with like-minded women who have the same drive and passion as I, to make a difference in the world! I can’t wait to see what these next four years bring!

Please feel free to reach out at!

2021-2022 Cohort
Julianna Rittenberg

Hi! My name is Julianna Rittenberg and I am a Political Science major in the Honors Tutorial College. I am also a History minor and am pursuing the Professional Deaf Liason certificate. My goal is to one day either be a campaign manager or work for a non-profit. I am from Worthington, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. I chose Ohio University because, from the moment I stepped on campus, I felt like it was home. My older siblings (I am the youngest of four) all went to school here, and I knew it was the perfect fit.

Outside of classes, I am a member of Ohio University College Democrats and am an Associate Justice on the Student Senate Judiciary Panel. In my spare time, I can be found in Donkey, reading a book, or listening to Taylor Swift. Back home, I have two dogs and five cats, and I love to talk about them!

I am very excited to be a member of Margaret Boyd. I can't wait to see where the program takes me through my time at Ohio University. Feel free to reach out at!

2021-2022 Cohort
Riley Sargent

Hi! My name is Riley Sargent and I am from Carroll, Ohio. I am studying Political Science on a Pre-Law track and hope to cumulate certificates in Law, Justice, and Culture and Political Communications. I am a part of the Ohio University Mock Trial team, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity, and ACLU-OU. When I am not at school, I am hanging out with my little sister and my two golden retrievers, Linus and Harper. I am an avid Taylor Swift fan, a pop-culture connoisseur, and a runner. Some of my interests include sitcoms and 60s music.

I became interested in politics from a young age when I noticed the lack of woman leadership around the world and especially the state of Ohio. That experience in 8th grade led me to have passion for being a part of the changes I want to see in the political field.

I am so honored to be a part of a women focused group here on campus and can not wait to spend time with my fellow Margaret Boyd Scholars! Feel free to contact me with at!

2021-2022 Cohort
Beret Traum

Hello! My name is Bea Traum! I am from Cleveland, Ohio, where I had graduated from Magnificat High School. I am currently studying Journalism with a News and Information Track. I am hoping to minor in Political Science with Certificate in Law, Justice, and Culture!
I am very passionate about social justice issues and hope to one day work for the Equal Justice Initiative as a Human Rights Lawyer. I am a part of the Ohio Honors Program and the Ohio University College Democrats!
Outside of school, I love to create art with colored pencils, read, and discover new music! You can often find me with my headphones listening to the Lumineers while reading my newest book on College Green.
I am so excited to be a part of such an empowering group and surrounded by amazing people in the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program! Feel free to reach out to me at!

2020-2021 Cohort

2020-2021 Cohort
Isabel Alvarez

Hi! I’m Isabel Alvarez and I am deeply honored to have been selected as a Margaret Boyd Scholar!

I was born in Springfield, MO, but grew up in Louisville, KY. I was fortunate to take several computer programming courses throughout my time in high school, leading me to become a Computer Science major in the Russ College of Engineering and in the Ohio Honors Program. I hope to pursue a career as a data engineer. 

On campus, I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers and, as a Chicana and LINKS student, the Latino Student Union. I have always valued community engagement and leadership, and I plan to use the skills I develop in the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program to contribute to these organizations as well as the Ohio University community.

When I’m not programming for my internship at OhioHealth, I can often be found working on a circuit board, planning a new cross-stitch design for a friend, or journaling while listening to a podcast (like TMG). If you want to talk about OU, the Russ College, the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, or anything else, feel free to contact me at

2020-2021 Cohort
Delaney Brander

Hello! My name is Delaney Brander, and I am an Integrated Social Studies major in the Patton College and a member of the Connavino Honors Program as well. I am also pursuing a Spanish minor and a Diversity certificate. I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and since the moment I stepped foot on the Athens bricks I've never wanted to leave. Athens and OU have a special welcoming feeling that I can't seem to put into words!

At home I love spending time by the beach at Lake Michigan and exploring all of the quaint coffee shops that GR has to offer. In high school I was very involved in student council, cheerleading, district planning for development of facilities, curriculum, and expansion, and additional activities as well.

I am very passionate high schoolers and their crazy ideas for our ever changing world, and this is what led me directly into my future career path as an educator and eventually an administrator! I hope that I can make an impact on my future students even half as meaningful as my past teachers have had on me.

At Ohio University, I am a member of Student Alumni Board and YoungLife in addition to this wonderful organization!I can be contacted at and I am so excited and grateful to be a member of this incredible program!

2020-2021 Cohort
Caroline Chaulk

Hello! My name is Caroline Chaulk! I'm from Dayton, Ohio, and I graduated from Chaminade Julienne High School. I have two younger brothers and an adorable yellow lab. Both of my parents graduated from OU, so I am extremely proud and grateful to continue the Bobcat family legacy! I’m a Chemistry Pre-Medicine major and am a part of the Ohio Honors Program.

My academic interests are science and medicine, and the COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened those interests even more. I love research, labs, and advocating for people, so it is no surprise that this career path found me.

Aside from academics, one of my biggest passions is volleyball. I played varsity for high school and nationally in the offseason. I absolutely love that sport. Now I spend most of my free time with my nose buried in a book. I am a self-proclaimed book nerd and my bookshelf is always overflowing. I can never have too many books!

I am thrilled to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and I’m so excited to meet all of the amazing women! Feel free to contact me at!

2020-2021 Cohort
Aanya Datta

Hello! My name is Aanya Datta and I am an International Student from Calcutta, India. I am currently double majoring in Sociology and Psychology. I am also a part of the EAP in Law, Justice and Culture, as well as a member of the OU Global Ambassadors. I also happen to be the first person, in my immediate family, to pursue an undergraduate education abroad!

I love to interact with, and make new friends, which is why virtual class was not as terrible as I thought it would be! I have a keen interest in politics and I am very passionate about debate. My love for speech and articulation motivated me to be a part of the OU Speech and Debate Club. Aside from talking and debating all day, I am very passionate about cooking- it's how I de-stress and I wouldn't survive without cooking at least 3-4 times a week!

As an international student, I look forward to being a part of the amazing cohort of inspiring women. The objectives of the program are ones that resonate strongly with all that I believe in, and I look forward to being a part of it!

I would love to get to know more people, so please do feel free to reach out to me at !

2020-2021 Cohort
Cora Fitch

Hello! My name is Cora Fitch, I'm a Media Arts and Studies major with a focus on audio production in the Honors Tutorial College. Music is a huge part of my life and is my big source of happiness and fulfillment for me, I've known for years I wanted to follow it into the future as my career. I have been experiencing the world of live events for several years in my hometown of Athens with a band made up of some of my best friends, and I decided to stay here to attend Ohio University largely because of the rich campus culture that is hard to find anywhere else.

I've also always had a love for nature, and spend much of my free time exploring the woods around Athens. I enjoy taking inspiration from the landscapes for my art, finding new wildflowers and plants in the spring, and sharing my favorite found places with friends. I'm excited for all my future experiences within the Margaret Boyd Scholars program and the opportunities it will offer me!

2020-2021 Cohort
Megan Handle

Hello! My name is Megan Handle and I am a Social Work major through the Honors Tutorial College. I live in Waynesville, Ohio, a very small town Southeast of Dayton. You may know of us because of our famous Sauerkraut Festival, however I personally think Sauerkraut is gross.

Throughout high school, I was involved in many sports including soccer, swimming, and track. I also was a member of the National Honors Society, the Teen Alliance Council, and several other community extracurriculars. I am very excited to join the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program as one of my first college organizations. I cannot wait to meet all of the amazing women and be able to make some more friends! :)

In my free time I enjoy cooking and baking, doing any sort of arts and crafts, as well as going on hikes, so I am eager to be able to be on OU's campus. My favorite color is yellow, I love mac and cheese (I was born in Wisconsin), and my car's name is Patricia.
Feel free to contact me at!

2020-2021 Cohort
Emmarald Jean-Francois

Hello! My name is Emmarald Jean-Francois. I've lived in Athens the past 6 years of my life but before coming to Ohio I lived in Wisconsin, Florida, and New York. I’m currently majoring in psychology with a minor in business, with hopes to go to graduate school and become a child clinical psychologist. I am also fortunate enough to be a member of the Pepsi Scholars Program 2021 cohort. I took French for 6 years and I aspire to travel to France, Belgium, Haiti, and perhaps Canada. In the future I hope to study abroad and hopefully visit one or more of these countries.

I am a very active person therefore when I have some free time, I enjoy hiking, hammocking, running, and playing basketball. Being a vegetarian for almost 6 years, cooking has become a huge part of my life and it's one of my favorite things to do. I’m passionate about helping children and making an impactful difference in their lives. I’m currently one of 5 people that facilitate an anti-racism course at Athens High School and have been doing so since this past summer. It has been so incredible to witness the growth of the students from the class.

I’m so thankful and excited to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program! I cannot wait to see where this program will take me, and the experiences and memories that are yet to come in these next four years!

2020-2021 Cohort
Maellie-Jade Jean-Francois

Hello! My name is Maellie-Jade Jean-Francois, but most people just call me “Maellie”!

I was born in New York, and have lived in Florida and Wisconsin before moving to Ohio when I started middle school. As much as I like living in Athens, I love big cities and would like to live in one someday. Traveling is something that I hope to be able to do more in these upcoming years.

My parents are from Haiti, and I have two siblings; my older sister, and my little brother. My parents have always informed me about the importance of education so I am very excited for what I will learn at OU! Some of my hobbies are running, baking, playing the viola and ukulele, and pretty much any kind of activity that takes place outdoors. R&B is my favorite genre of music to listen to. I am pretty much always singing or listening to something by Stevie Wonder!

I am majoring in Interior Architecture and minoring in Industrial Engineering. Architecture has always been on my radar when looking at potential majors. It combines my interests and allows for me to be creative in my career. I am extremely passionate about anti-racism and social justice and I talk about it ALL the time. I hope that in the future I can use this passion and the skills gained from my major to support and advocate for minorities and other underrepresented communities.

I am very thankful and excited to be a part of this program and I can’t wait to meet and learn from all the other members!

2020-2021 Cohort
Hannah Louck

Hello! My name is Hannah Louck. I am from Urbana, Ohio. I am an alumni of Urbana High School as well as Ohio Hi-Point Career Center (where I earned a certificate in Multimedia Marketing). At Ohio University, I am double majoring in History Pre-Law and Sociology. I am also a member of the University's Mock Trial team (Go Mockcats!). I am super excited to be part of an organization like the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program that is passionate about bringing together, and empowering, women from all walks of life.

Some things that I like to do in my free time are reading, gaming, painting, going on walks/hikes, working out, photography, and videography. I love doing things that are intellectually and creatively challenging in my free time. Some of my passions include politics, environmentalism, activism, and history. A fun fact about me is that I am vegetarian and have been for three years.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to take part in this program and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

2020-2021 Cohort
Kendra McKitrick

Hello! My name is Kendra McKitrick. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Whitmer High School. I am majoring in Geography in the Honors Tutorial College, and I plan to attend law school after graduating from OU. I am a member of the Marching 110 Drumline, though I was at home this past semester and didn’t get the chance to march. In high school, I was on the Whitmer Drumline, was president of the Science and Environmental Club, and worked at a soup shop. I started attending protests as a freshman in high school, and I eventually decided that studying law would be the best way for me to support the issues I am passionate about. After traveling to the Pacific Northwest, I fell in love with this planet and realized environmental law was the direction for me.

I am writing this just days before I finally move to Athens. I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter in my life (but I’m so sad to leave my pets). I am thrilled to meet all the incredible women in this program, join more campus organizations, and to just enjoy this experience as a Bobcat to its fullest!

2020-2021 Cohort
Bridgid McSteen

My name is Brigid McSteen and I’m an Athens native studying Retail Fashion Merchandising. Both of my parents attended Ohio University, along with my older brother, making me the final OU student in my family. Growing up, I couldn’t wait to graduate high school and move to a big city. But upon graduation, I found that I wasn’t ready to leave Athens because of how much I admire the community and values of a small town.
Growing up in Appalachia gave me a unique perspective on what I am passionate about. I chose to study fashion because it has always been an outlet for me to express myself and be creative while living in a small town. Being interested in fashion pushed me to question myself and experiment with trends that I wasn’t exposed to in Southeast Ohio. I love learning about new trends and studying older ones, and I spend a lot of my free time watching documentaries and exploring the history and future of style.
Due to my area of study, I find importance in advocating for sustainability in the fashion industry. As I plan to pursue a career in the clothing industry, I must take accountability for the damage that it has on the environment. I hope that in the future I am able to mend my love for clothing with my concern for the climate and make the fashion industry more ethical.

I am honored to become a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and I can’t wait to learn and grow with a group of such bright and talented women. Feel free to contact me at

2020-2021 Cohort
Zoe Miller

Hi! I'm Zoe Miller and I'm from Little Hocking, OH which is about 30 minutes from Athens. I've pretty much been around Athens all of my life, be it for golf matches, to watch movies or grab dinner, or to go to basketball games or hockey matches. Initially I never thought I'd go to school somewhere so close to home, but I'm glad that I did.

I've felt for one of the first times in my life that I've found a group of people that I can truly relate to and trust. I struggled with finding friends all throughout school but even with the current situation I've been lucky enough to meet others who have similar interests to me and genuinely enjoy my company (and I theirs). I haven't gotten to be on campus yet, but I'm excited to hopefully do so in the Fall!

So a little more about me, I'm a Mechanical Engineering major with an interest in a Computer Science minor. I'm in the Ohio Honors Program, Pepsi Scholars Program, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at OU. I love to be outdoors either golfing, walking my dog, or just relaxing with a good book. Inside, I like to crochet, play with my cat, and occasionally binge watch a show.

I'm super excited to be apart of the program and I can not be more appreciative for the opportunity! Everyone that I've met so far has been both friendly and encouraging and I can't wait to get to know everyone better soon enough.

2020-2021 Cohort
Baleigh Radune

Hello! My name is Baleigh Radune! I am from Jackson Ohio which is only 45 minutes from the Athens Campus. I grew up coming to Athens to experience all the urban enjoyments my rural town could not offer. When the time came for me to choose a college, though I visited many, OU was the only one that felt like home.

Currently, I am in the honors program at the Patton College of Education. I am a Pre-Early Childhood Education Major. I’ve spent the last seven years of my life doing theatre. Being a teacher for young children, I can combine my love for silliness, songs, and theatre, with my love for children to have the ultimate career. I love baking, drawing, and doing makeup. Above all, I love to express myself in the most unconventional ways.

I am grateful to have this opportunity and I cannot wait to see what the Margaret Boyd Scholars program has in store for me! Contact me anytime at

2020-2021 Cohort
Faith Ryon

Hello! My name is Faith, and I grew up in Urbana, Ohio. I moved to Kettering, Ohio when I turned 12 and have lived there since. I am the second youngest of five kids and am currently the only one attending university. I am majoring in English education right now for no other reason than beside the fact that I like reading, teaching, and all my favorite teachers were English teachers. Writing isn't my strong point, but I'll get there eventually.

Throughout all of middle school and high school I was a part of the Junior Optimists, which is a nonprofit that does service projects for the community and gave me many opportunities to learn how to be an effective leader and speaker. Through this organization I gained my love for community service, traveling, and people.

I was also in band since fifth grade and in marching band all throughout high school. I am currently in the Marching 110 and hope to be in it until I graduate. I like to run (I’m not good at it) and do yoga (also not good at it), and I love to read and play video games. My favorite color changes weekly along with my taste in music.

I am excited to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and for what the next four years hold for me.

2020-2021 Cohort
Allison Saaty

Hello all! My name is Allison Saaty, and I am beyond thrilled of not only being able to pursue my education at Ohio University, but also the opportunity to be in the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and see where this journey takes me in life.

I grew up in a small town about 30 minutes away from Athens, Ohio. Logan, Ohio. Although “The Hocking Hills” has a nice ring to it for tourists, (and don’t get me wrong the nature here is breathtaking and gorgeous) Logan is a place that needs a lot of work. Growing up in a town that is plagued with so much poverty, addiction, depression, and other despairs-- I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue higher education and equip myself with the skills/knowledge necessary to make our small nook of the world a better place.

Another thing to know about me is that I am a very family-oriented person. My family, my friends, and my loved ones mean the world to me. I am also a cat mom to my fur-babies Nala and Mimi (pronounced “Meme”). I love animals and lead a plant-based lifestyle. And something I enjoy doing in my free time is play video games.

I am currently a Psychology Major (B.S.) in Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Psychology has been an interest and passion of mine for as long as I can remember and being able to study it at a higher level is a dream come true. I’m very excited to learn more about my field of study, psychology, and eventually pursue a career that I’m not only satisfied with—but I’m proud of.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or would just like to reach out, feel free to! My email is

2020-2021 Cohort
Samantha Schimmoller

Hi there! My name is Samantha Schimmoller. I am from Springboro, OH, although, my heart belongs to Cleveland. Go Browns! I am in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism majoring in strategic communications. I hope to combine my love for writing with my passion for politics, fashion, or entertainment. I know that OU will provide amazing opportunities to explore my interests. I am also a part of 1804 communication and work for their creative department for the company GoBus.

I was very involved in high school. I was a member of the student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Junior Council on World Affairs. In these programs, I developed a passion for leading, which I plan to continue at OU. In student council, I played a significant role in planning and advertising our school’s homecoming. I was also the project manager of the SADD club’s candy cane gram drive and was responsible for collecting sales for local charities. In JCOWA I was one of the leaders that was responsible for planning meetings that would educate students on different cultures and world events.

Feel free to reach out!

2020-2021 Cohort
Judinya Thwaites-Bank

Hello! My name is Judinya (but you can call me Nya). I am a Sociology Pre-Law major in the Honors Tutorial College and am currently working towards a certificate in Law, Justice, and Culture. I have lived in twenty-seven? twenty-eight? houses in six states. I have seen most of what this country has to offer and developed a deep passion for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Over the summer of 2020, I organized protests in support of the national Black Lives Matter movement; we held weekly rallies and marches that elucidated the struggles of the Black community. In high school, I was class president at two schools, on student council, and in the National Honors Society. I was also in rotary club, french club, community committee, Students Promoting Diversity and Equity through Education, and a committee member and dancer in Mini-THON (a funder to support families battling childhood cancer). In my free time, I love to hike, read, cook, and bake.

I am so excited and honored to participate in the Boyd Scholars Program. I cannot wait to see what the next four years bring and form connections with wonderful empowered women. I know that we will make a lasting impact on OU, Athens, and the world.

2020-2021 Cohort
Emily Van Meter

My name is Emily Van Meter and I am an Art History major. My dream to be a museum curator and some day have my own paintings in museums around the world. I love to paint and draw, be creative in any way I can, and, of course, spending as much time I can at art museums. I am originally from a small town south of Athens and grew up in the Athens area my whole life. I love to travel around the world and experience new things. I am so excited to be a part of this program and getting the opportunity to meet like minded women! I cannot wait to work with my fellow members and to empower one another throughout thick and thin. Being a strong woman is something I’ve always been proud of and I am so excited to be a part of a program where being a strong woman is at its very core

2020-2021 Cohort
Samarra Wagoner

Hi! My name is Samarra Wagoner and I am from Cincinnati. I am majoring in Environmental Studies through the Honor’s Tutorial College and hope to use my degree to focus my research on the relationships between environment and politics. This path is something I have known I have wanted to do for a long time as I spend most of my time taken by the environment and its involvement with all aspects of life.
When I’m not camping or hiking, you can find me reading, meditating, or busy with my small business; HippySoulStudio. Probably more than nature, I love my pets whom I wish I could have with me here on campus. I also enjoy singing and hope to join a chorus group as I was involved in theatre, choir, and acapella all through grade school.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and do amazing things alongside these strong women. I know that the personal and professional growth along with the relationships will last me a lifetime and I cannot wait to see the accomplishments the 20-21 Cohort makes in the next 4 years and beyond. Feel free to reach out at!

2020-2021 Cohort
Baylee Wolfe

Hello! My name is Baylee Wolfe, and I am double majoring in Energy Engineering and Economics. I have a strong passion for the environment and spend most my time outdoors, which led me to pursue a degree that will allow me to develop more sustainable energy sources. Although sustainable energy is my ultimate goal, I have adopted a new hobby while in Athens, sustainability within the fashion industry. I created and run a small business named OU Upcycle where I buy and resell used bobcat gear to promote a more sustainable clothing option and give life to old bobcat apparel. A couple places you may find me are local thrift stores, working at Lam’s Garden, or meeting one of my customers at Donkey Coffee to sell a shirt and grab a treat. Adventure over to my Instagram page @ou.upcycle or feel free to contact me at
I am from Racine, Ohio which is about half an hour south of Athens. With my mother and two of my older brothers graduating from Ohio university, I have spent a lot of time in Athens. The importance of relationships and a strong community has become evident as I spend more time in my small town and others. I have witnessed my small community making a huge difference in the lives of many locals. I hope that my journey as a Margaret Boyd Scholar brings me closer to the Athens community and gives me the opportunity to make a difference. So, as a Margaret Boyd Scholar, I look forward to not only being in an environment that fosters my own growth, but also for the opportunity to work as a team and help others through whatever projects we may pursue.

Past Cohorts

The 2019-2020 Cohort

  • Hannah Bowie
  • Luvina Cooley
  • Audrey Crowl
  • Lizzy Daly
  • Jade Dutiel
  • Iana Fields
  • Emma Harter
  • Jillian Hern
  • Aurelia "Ray" Johnson
  • Heather Johnson
  • Belvia Ofosu-Frimpong
  • Leslie Ostronic
  • Jade Pettey
  • Jane Roche
  • Katelyn Rousch
  • Molly Sanders
  • Olivia Tenoglia
  • Sophia Thomas
  • Alex Thompson
  • Lucy Thompson

The 2018-2019 Cohort

  • Diamond Allen
  • Courtney Archibald
  • Hayley Brown
  • Zoe Chase
  • Savannah Copeland
  • Alexis Cradlebaugh
  • Katie Gold
  • Kait Hall
  • Yasmine Kayali
  • Ashley Keller
  • Brooke Klopfenstein
  • Maddie McNamara
  • Paige Miller
  • Jada Mitchell
  • Rory O'Malley
  • Elise (Ellie) Palmer
  • Kyajah (Ky) Rodriguez
  • Gcinile Shongwe
  • Cierra Smith-Carter
  • Allison White

The 2017-2018 Cohort

  • Jamie Clarkson
  • Caroline Craig-Bowden
  • Aleah Cumberbatch
  • Alyssa Drexler
  • Elizabeth Fowler
  • Abigail Gifford
  • Katie Johnson
  • Rhea Lanier
  • Allison (Alli) Mancz
  • Hannah Martin
  • Jayda Martin
  • Ceren Ӧzcan
  • Kennedy Rasberry
  • Julia Schneider
  • Alexa (Lexi) Shust
  • Myriah Smedley
  • Jordan Thompson
  • Charissa Tyas
  • Caroline Van Hook
  • Leah Warren

The 2016-2017 Cohort

  • Margaret (Maggie) Allen
  • Doreen (Reen) Amoako
  • Randi Bateman
  • Sophia Grace Boothby
  • Grace Cahill
  • Lou Duloisy
  • Abby Harder
  • Brittany Hesson
  • Madeleine Hordinski
  • Claire Klodell
  • Sarah Negash
  • Kayla Pina
  • Lauren Riley
  • Jalicia Ruttino
  • Sue Ryu
  • Lauren Smith
  • Kyla Summer Miller
  • Vanessa Thiel
  • Clancy Thomas
  • Jansen Wolfe

The 2015-2016 Cohort

  • Ansam Al Harthy
  • Elisa Bregmeier
  • Gabrielle (Brie) Boothby
  • Ana Bucki-Lopez
  • KT Bugenstein
  • Megan Clum
  • Camila Benencia Courreges
  • Karli Davis
  • Elizabeth Harper
  • Samirah Harris
  • Christine Horting
  • Julia LaComb
  • Darragh Liaskos
  • Ellen Michelich
  • Nadia Mulhall
  • Madeleine Peck
  • Maggie Riley
  • Ami Scherson
  • Iris Virjee
  • Ruby Lee Williams

The 2014-2015 Cohort

  • Anna Bekavac
  • Hannah Borowski
  • Lily Bradley
  • Hannah Britton
  • Sierra Cardiff
  • Amelia (Mia) Chapman
  • Olivia Cobb
  • Mara Diaz
  • Sasha Gough
  • Nicolette (Nic) Lacich
  • Emily Morello
  • Mailé Orr
  • Allison (Allie) Prybelski
  • Stevie Putnam
  • Cassandra Rich
  • Rachel Rogala
  • Mara Siegel
  • Niara Stitt
  • Adrianne Talmadge
  • Alexandra Violet

The 2013-2014 Cohort

  • Tyann Carter
  • Gabriella Clarke
  • Bridget Cooper
  • Alina Freeman
  • Bianca Hillier
  • Alexa Hoynacke
  • Gracie Keyes
  • Hannah Kingsbury
  • Nora Kornelakis
  • Rachel Marison
  • Stacey Mbelle
  • Jessany Middleton
  • Emily Quinn
  • Zulfa Rizqiya
  • Sara Sand
  • Claire Seif
  • Madeline Toerne
  • Erin Webb
  • Leah Wilson