group photo of 2024-25 Emerson Scholars

Ten Emerson Scholars announced for 2024-25 academic year

Published on April 29, 2024
College of Business and Economics

ASHLAND, Ohio – The newest group of Emerson Scholars—10 current students from the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics (COBE)—has been named for the 2024-25 academic year. The official announcement and recognition came during an April 12 luncheon.

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:

  • Emma Conway, a finance major from St. Petersburg, Fla. (Osceola Fundamental High School)
  • John Essig, an accounting/finance major from Commerce Twp., Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep)
  • Steve Essig, an accounting/finance major from Commerce Twp., Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep)
  • Alex James, a finance major from Westerville, Ohio (Olentangy Orange High School)
  • Oliver Lovell, a business analytics major from Southampton, England (Upper Shirley High School)
  • Tyler Mast, a supply chain management major from Berlin, Ohio (Hiland High School)
  • Rachel Reuter, a business management major from Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Watterson High School)
  • Riley Suter, a marketing major from Bascom, Ohio (Hopewell-Loudon High School)
  • Alyson Veverka, a finance major from Olmsted Twp., Ohio (Olmsted Falls High School)
  • Brian Wolfe, a finance major from Apple Creek, Ohio (Waynedale 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, 2018 and 2023. Emerson Scholars are selected annually. With this year’s recipients, there have been 159 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.