The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University is launching the interdisciplinary Carol Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program for students seeking to become the next generation of business trailblazers.

“The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program (ESP) is for students who want to be entrepreneurial thinkers, whether that be within a corporation or on their own,” said Daniel A. Charna, M.B.A., assistant professor of economics. “The program will help Ohio Wesleyan students find opportunities, see and maneuver through the path, and have the mindset to bring their ideas to fruition.”

The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program (ESP):

  • Engages students from all majors, disciplines, and backgrounds across campus.
  • Is Interdisciplinary by design.
  • Is a two-year program for sophomore and junior students.

Sophomore ESP Students:

  • Will participate in a special seminar class covering topics ranging from scientific method/problem-solving to critical thinking/strategic thinking/vision.

  • Will travel to incubators, innovation centers, and have direct interaction with successful entrepreneurs.

Junior ESP Students: 

  • Will translate classroom theory into practice, spending fall semester creating their own solution for an existing entrepreneurial issue affecting businesses, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies.

  • Will develop their own entrepreneurial venture during spring semester – creating the idea, conducting market research, developing a selling proposition, and designing a business plan and/or marketing materials, such as an app or website.

All ESP Students: 

  • Will complete an internship with an entrepreneurial focus and receive a stipend to help support their experience.

Application Process:

  • The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program is open to sophomores and juniors who have achieved a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  • Candidates will interview with at least one Latham ESP committee member and submit a letter of reference from an OWU faculty member.  

  • The program will identify its inaugural scholars this academic year and launch in fall 2018.

The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program is being created with a gift of time, talent, and treasure from OWU alumna Carol Latham, Class of 1961. A chemistry major at Ohio Wesleyan, Latham is the retired founder, president, and CEO of Thermagon, Inc., a custom manufacturer of high performance heat-transfer materials for electronic components. Under her leadership, Thermagon grew to sales of $18 million annually worldwide.