Ohio Wesleyan’s competitive Corns Business and Entrepreneurial Scholars Program admits sophomores with strong potential for achievement in business or entrepreneurship. The students earn additional scholarship funds and receive exclusive learning opportunities. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

2022 Corns Scholars

Ohio Wesleyan Selects New Students for Competitive Business and Entrepreneurial Program

By Cole Hatcher

Ethan Berkovitz
Payne Johnson
Melissa Murray

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University has selected three students for admittance into its fall class of Corns Business and Entrepreneurial Scholars.

The competitive program is open to sophomores who have demonstrated strong academic performance, leadership in campus or community service organizations, and potential for achievement in business or entrepreneurship.

Ohio Wesleyan’s 2022 Corns Scholars are:

Ethan Berkovitz of Solon, Ohio. Berkovitz plans to major in Finance Economics and minor in Accounting and in Data and Society, part of the Data Analytics program.

Payne Johnson of Barnesville, Ohio. Johnson plans to major in Accounting and minor in Politics and Government.

Melissa Murray of Chardon, Ohio. Murray plans to double major in Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine and minor in Finance.

Corns Scholars receive $5,000 scholarships during both their junior and senior years. The program is designed to help the students “combine classroom knowledge with the spontaneity of daily business applications and challenges, putting them a step ahead in the business world with future employers.”

As Corns Scholars, the Ohio Wesleyan students also:

  • Take specific courses designed to develop business and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Complete internships that link economic and business theory with real-world practices.
  • Interact with business leaders.
  • Compete in business plan competitions.
  • Learn from faculty who are experienced entrepreneurs.

The Corns Business and Entrepreneurial Scholars program is named in memory of former Roadway Express President Richard W. Corns and funded through a $1 million endowment from the Akron, Ohio-based GAR Foundation.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center at owu.edu/woltemade and more about the university’s Department of Economics and Business at owu.edu/economics.


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