Emerson Scholars Receive Recognition at Luncheon

Emerson Scholars Receive Recognition at Luncheon
Ashland University's Emerson Scholars pose with Paul McKnight from the Emerson Foundation. Back row left to right: Casey Vocaire, Kathryn Eckels, Marc Matteson, Austen Harrison, Jason Weaver, Kayla Schlarb, Front row left to right: Alison McGinnis, Mr. Paul McKnight, Alicia Casselberry, and Cassandra Smer


4/17/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Nine Emerson Scholars from the Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business and Economics received recognition Tuesday, April 16, at an Emerson Scholar Awards luncheon on the AU campus.

A $175,000 grant from the Emerson Foundation funded the creation of the Emerson Scholars Program in 2007 and “Emerson Scholars” are selected annually. This year’s group of nine students are Casey Vocaire of Strongsville, Ohio; Kathryn Eckels of Loveland, Ohio; Marc Matteson of Ashland, Ohio; Austen Harrison of Newark, Ohio; Jason Weaver of Fredericksburg, Ohio; Kayla Schlarb of Baltic, Ohio; Alison McGinnis of West Salem, Ohio; Alicia Casselberry of Norwalk, Ohio; and Cassandra Smer of Massillon, Ohio.

“We feel very privileged to have the Emerson Scholars Program in the Dauch College of Business and Economics,” said Dr. Jeff Russell, dean of the Dauch College. “The program benefits our seniors in many different ways. In addition to providing the extra financial assistance for their senior year, it also helps the students network with some of the senior managers from the company and learn about possible career opportunities with the company."

Paul McKnight, senior vice president for organizational planning at the Emerson Foundation, said, “Successful companies must have the right talent in the right place at the right time if they expect to win in the global marketplace. Because advancing people is a top priority at Emerson, we created the Emerson Scholars Program in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University.”

Each of the nine Emerson Scholars received a $3,100 scholarship for their senior year. This award is above and beyond the student’s financial aid package. The students are recognized at an Emerson Scholars Luncheon each year and are given opportunities to network with Emerson executives.

The awards are presented on a competitive basis to students with various business majors. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the Dauch College, on campus and in the community; and show the potential to be a high contributor in their chosen careers. A scholarship committee chaired by the dean meets each spring to review applications and select the Emerson Scholars.

The Emerson Electric Company is a diversified global technology company that provides products and services for a wide variety of industries, commercial markets and end users, including consumers.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###