Student awarded doctoral scholarship to Notre Dame

Cory Okular

Cory Okular

How about full-ride scholarships the whole way to the end of your doctorate? Sounds appealing, and that’s just what senior and current YSU University Scholar Cory Okular has received.

Okular, who graduates YSU this month with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, has been awarded a full scholarship for a Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of Notre Dame. The program will cover both master’s and doctoral degree materials.

“It’s an easy decision to make; when Notre Dame gives you a call, offering you big money,” he said.

A native of New Middletown, Ohio, Cory leaves YSU with a 4.0 GPA, having spent his last year here as Student Government president. The epitome of an involved student, he has also participated in the Model United Nations and has volunteered as a cross country, track and speech/debate coach at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, his alma mater.

An avid runner himself, running the Boston Marathon twice, Cory’s goal after another five years of schooling is to become a professor. “It fits my personality, helping students; like a lot of professors here have helped me with one-on-one time making sure I understood the material.”