group photo of 2023-24 Emerson Scholars

Ten COBE students named Emerson Scholars for 2023-24 academic year

Published on May 03, 2023
College of Business and Economics

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ten students from the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics (COBE) were selected as Emerson Scholars for the 2023-24 academic year. The official announcement and recognition came during a luncheon last month (April 13).

Each of the Emerson Scholars will receive a $3,500 scholarship, an award in addition to the student’s financial aid package. To be selected for the scholarship, a student must be a business major (other than sport management or fashion merchandising), hold a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the College, on campus and in the community and possess the potential to be a high contributor in their chosen career.

This year’s group of 10 Emerson Scholar recipients are:

  • Joseph Bertani, a finance major from Columbus, Ohio (Grandview Heights High School)
  • Madison Kurtz, an accounting major from Wooster, Ohio (Wooster High School)
  • Nikolai Lesnikov, an entrepreneurship and business management double major from Wellington, Ohio (Bridgeway Academy)
  • Jacob Martin, an economics major from Zanesville, Ohio (Zanesville High School)
  • Lindsay Mayo, a business management major from Dublin, Ohio (Jerome High School)
  • John McCabe, a business management major from Olmsted Falls, Ohio (Olmsted Falls High School)
  • Antonio Rhodes, an accounting and finance double major from Wooster, Ohio (Triway High School)
  • Hunter Schuck, an accounting and finance double major from Jeromesville, Ohio (Hillsdale High School
  • Isabella Simmons, a marketing major from Seville, Ohio (Cloverleaf High School)
  • Joel Williams, an accounting major from Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth High School)

“We feel very privileged to have the Emerson Scholars program in the Dauch College of Business and Economics,” said Dan Fox, dean of COBE. “The program benefits our students in many different ways. In addition to providing the extra financial assistance, it also helps the students connect with a world class company and learn about possible career opportunities.”

Paul McKnight, retired senior vice president for organizational planning at Emerson, 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.”

A $175,000 initial grant from Emerson funded the creation of the Emerson Scholars program in 2007 and the program was renewed in 2013 and renewed again in 2018 for another five years. Emerson Scholars are selected annually. With this year’s recipients, there have been 149 Emerson Scholars selected at AU through the years.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( 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.