Youngstown State University welcomed the new class of Leslie H. Cochran University Scholars today at a special ceremony in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus.
The University Scholars program, started in 1993 under the leadership of then YSU President Leslie H. Cochran, is a full-tuition, room-and-board scholarship awarded annually to 40 of the best and brightest high school graduates throughout the nation.
Funded by the YSU Foundation, the Scholars program boasts more than 650 alumni and is widely recognized for producing some of YSU’s most successful graduates. In all, the program has attracted students from 19 states and six foreign countries. More than 300 of them were at the top of their high school classes when they came to YSU. Nearly 100 Scholar graduates have either completed or are in the process of completing a terminal degree.
The new class of Scholars features 40 students from as far away as Kansas. The Scholars, and their parents, were on campus today to register for classes, learn about various university programs and meet graduates of the Scholars program. Scholars live in Cafaro House residence hall, built in 1995 specifically to house Scholars and other honors students.
Ron Shaklee, professor, Geography, has been the director of the Scholars program since 2000. Amy Cossentino is assistant director.
For more information on the University Scholars program, call 330-941-2772 or visit http://www.ysu.edu/honors/.
Here is the 21st class of University Scholars, major and high school:
Samantha Anderson, Business Management, Poland Seminary High School,
Michael Barkett, Music Education, Canfield High School
Daniel Belinky, Business, Boardman High School
Ryan Betts, Engineering, Boardman High School
Kyle Bryan, Civil Engineering, Columbiana High School
Catena Core, Biology, Lakeview High School
Brock DeAngelo, Biology, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
Mariah DeFuria, Chemistry, Austintown Fitch High School
Miranda DeFuria, Civil Engineering, Austintown Fitch High School
Joshua Durig, Chemistry, Mineral Ridge High School
William, Erskine, Nursing, Salem High School
Megan Evans, Civil Engineering/Spanish, Boardman High School
Kirstie Feorene, Electrical Engineering, Austintown Fitch High School
Tyler Fond, General Administration, Hubbard High School
Greta Frost, Political Science, Jackson-Milton High School
Michael Gagnon, Electrical Engineering, Salem High School
Katrina Gerbrand, Exercise Science-PT Track, Newton High School
Megan Guliano, Undetermined, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
Emily Hoopes, Integrated Mathematics, Champion High School
Tyler Hovanec, Electrical & Computer Engineer, Mathews High School
Georgia Kasamias, Nutrition/Spanish, Boardman High School
Audrey Keleman, Biology/Spanish, Boardman High School
Abigail Kovacs, Political Science, Jefferson Area High School
Katina Landgraff, Integrated Math Education, Canon-McMillan High School
Nicola Lucarelli, Finance, Howland High School
Tyler Miller-Gordon, Philosophy, Hubbard High School
Andrew Morgan, Computer Information Systems, Mathews High School
Tyler Pabst, Biology, Austintown Fitch High School
Amber Palmer, Professional Writing & Editing/Theater, Lakeview High School
Miranda Parke, Political Science, Maplewood High School
Sarah Pigza, Music Education, West Branch High School
Devon Rambo, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Ridge High School
Elizabeth Rogenski, Mechanical Engineering/Physics & Astronomy, Poland Seminary High School
Cassidy Stoddard, Undetermined, Columbiana High School
Gregory Thompson, Computer Science, McDonald High School
Elizabeth Urig, Chemical Engineering, Canfield High School
Joseph Wilaj, Engineering, Struthers High School
David Wilaj, Business Economics, Lowellville High School
Michael Wilfong Jr., Pre-Law/Accounting, Ursuline High School
Elisabeth Winston, Nursing, Girard High School