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College of Business Announces Cohen Scholar Selections

Published: August 28, 2018 | Categories: All News, Business
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College of Business Dean Rob Kleine today announced the selection of four business students as the newest Cohen Scholars. Senior Kristen Breen (sport management), of Ellington, CT; juniors Cameron Coe (sport management), of Danbury, CT;  Amelia Sponauer (marketing communications), of Southington, CT; and Tessa Wood (sport management), of East Sandwich, MA,  join an illustrious group of just 15 other Cohen Scholars dating to the program’s inception in 2013.

Cohen Scholars receive an annual merit scholarship of $5,000 and serve as student ambassadors representing the College of Business at various events throughout the year. In extending his congratulations, Dean Kleine said "It gives me great satisfaction to see these business students recognized for their high achievement and all-around excellence, and I’m confident that they will continue to uphold the finest traditions of the Cohen Scholarship Program."

Breen, Coe, Sponauer, and Wood (pictured above, left to right, with Dean Rob Kleine and President Caprio) were selected from a finalist pool of exceptional candidates, after a rigorous application and interview process. High-performing students who have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA are invited to apply in their sophomore year, and are selected based on demonstrated leadership, communication skills, citizenship and community service, and interpersonal skills. 

Professor of Sport Management and Director of the Business Honors Program Curt Hamakawa said that he is “excited for the newest Cohen Scholars and looks forward to working with Cameron, Tessa, Amelia, and Kristen,” who will join senior Scholars Julia Hiney and Brendan Kaljulaid. The six Cohen Scholars participate in a bimonthly professional development seminar called the Cohen Scholars Chautauqua on Friday mornings, which is a unique opportunity to explore and enhance students’ personal attributes. This incoming class of Cohen Scholars comprises the sixth cohort of the Cohen Scholarship Program, which was created in part from a $1 million gift from the Estate of Frances Cohen, whose husband, Norman Cohen, was a 1934 graduate of Western New England University.