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University announces 2023 class of Cutler Scholars

Ohio University’s Cutler Scholars Program has selected 16 community-engaged leaders for the class of 2023. The incoming scholars have been accepted into six of Ohio University’s colleges, with majors ranging from communication sciences and disorders to philosophy to computer science.

One of Ohio University’s premier scholarship programs, the Cutler Scholars Program provides financial support, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities to help students develop into leaders for the common good. Cutler Scholars are driven to use their academic training to advocate for justice and make a positive impact in their community. Scholars are selected based on their intellectual curiosity, leadership capability, civic engagement and character.

“This year’s selection process was especially competitive," said Dr. Margaux Cowden, director, Cutler Scholars Program and OHIO Honors. "We received more than 1,500 applications, a record number for the Program. The 16 students selected as Cutler Scholars stood out because of their commitment to the common good and motivation to seek out new challenges. We are proud to welcome such an accomplished cohort of students.”

During their time in the program, Cutler Scholars live together, participate in a weekly colloquium, and take part in four enrichment experiences, including an outdoor leadership experience, public service internship, international experience, and career-related internship. In addition, students receive a significant academic scholarship and annual stipend to support their enrichment experiences.

The Cutler Scholars in the Class of 2023 are:

  • Jamirah Abdul-Haqq, Lizabeth K. and Charles R. Emirck, Jr. Cutler Scholar, Lakewood High School
  • Sophia Almanza, Russ Legacy Cutler Scholar, Mercy McAuley High School
  • Mone’t Bouie, Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Glenn R. Brown Cutler Scholar, Shaker Heights High School
  • Marissa Brooker, Dr. James H. and Nellie Rowley Jewell Cutler Scholar, Southern Local High School
  • Mihajlo Chonev, Risto Gusterov Cutler Scholar, Jane Sandanski High School
  • Robert V. Hicks V, Alan E. and Ruby T. Riedel Cutler Scholar, Bellaire High School
  • Adriana Holst, Wilfred R. and Ann Lee Konneker Cutler Scholar, Chagrin Falls High School
  • Emily Jones, Wilfred R. Konneker Cutler Scholar, Edward Lee McClain High School
  • Simar Kalkat, College of Business Executive Advisory Board Cutler Scholar, Lakota East High School
  • Sarah Ladipo, Claire O. and Charles J. Ping Cutler Scholar, Pickerington Central High School
  • Olivia Lang, Ann Lee Hancock Konneker Cutler Scholar, Olean High School
  • Faith Laughlin, Kenner and Margene Bush Cutler Scholar, Federal Hocking High School
  • Emily McCarty, Russ Legacy Cutler Scholar, Hamilton Township High School
  • Jessa Mickey, Jack G. and Sue Mathis Ellis Cutler Scholar, Chillicothe High School
  • Cassidy Serger, Russ Legacy Cutler Scholar, Saint Ursula Academy
  • Madison Wilson, Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey College of Arts & Sciences Cutler Scholar, Shaker Heights High School

View the biographies of the Cutler Scholars Program Class of 2023. 

The Cutler Scholars Program began in the mid-1990s as a discussion between alumnus Wilfred R. Konneker and Jack G. Ellis, at that time the University’s vice president for development, about recruiting high-achieving students to 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

May 21, 2019
Staff reports