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May 1, 2024 | By Cole Hatcher

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

2024-2025 Corns Scholars

Ohio Wesleyan Selects 10 Students for Competitive Business and Entrepreneurial Program

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University has selected 10 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 2024-2025 Corns Scholars are:

  • Luisa Duarte of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Maisie Dugger of Dover, Ohio
  • Anna Haines of Blacklick, Ohio
  • Areli Hernandez of Menlo Park, California
  • Gabe O'Reilly of Westerville, Ohio
  • Trip Pierce of Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Elizabeth Pollner of Columbus, Ohio
  • Ben Staggers of Greencastle, Indiana
  • Aryaka Tickoo of Mumbai, India
  • Inesh Tickoo of New Delhi, India

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 and more about the university's Department of Economics and Business at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and global perspective, and translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives" and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review "Best Colleges" lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at or learn more at