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May 16, 2019 | By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s competitive Corns Business and Entrepreneurial Scholars Program admits sophomores with strong potential for achievement in business or as an entrepreneur. The students earn additional scholarship funds and receive pre-approved internships and other unique learning opportunities. (Photo by Reilly Wright ’20)

Business-Savvy Bishops

Ohio Wesleyan Announces 2019 Corns Business and Entrepreneurial Scholars

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University has selected four 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 as an entrepreneur.

Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019 Corns Scholars are:

  • Zain Amir of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Amir is a Finance Economics major and Sports Science minor.
  • Lucas Cooper of Hurricane, West Virginia. Cooper is a Management Economics major and Accounting minor.
  • Kaitlyn Gilson of Norwalk, Ohio. Gilson is a Business Administration major with a Management concentration and an Accounting and French double minor.
  • Aakash Gupta of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Gupta is a Finance Economics major and Accounting minor.

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, culminating in a senior research project.
  • Complete pre-approved 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 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 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at