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College of Business Announces Cohen Scholar Selections

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 - 11:11 AM All News , Business
  • (L to R) 2017 Cohen Scholars - Brendan Kaljulaid, Julia Hiney, and Dan Garvey

The Western New England University College of Business Dean Rob Kleine announced the selection of the 2017-2018 Cohen Scholars. Sophomore Accounting major Dan Garvey from West Springfield, sophomore Accounting major Julia Hiney also from West Springfield, and sophomore Accounting and Finance major, Brendan Kaljulaid from Simsbury, CT have been chosen to serve a two-year appointment as student ambassadors for the College of Business. They will represent the College of Business at various events throughout their junior and senior years.

In extending his congratulations, Dean Kleine said “It gives me great satisfaction to see these three 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.”

After a rigorous application and interview process, Kaljulaid, Hiney, and Garvey were selected from a finalist pool of nine exceptional candidates. Thirty-one sophomore business students with an overall grade-point average of 3.5 or higher were invited to apply for this prestigious honor, from which the finalists were determined based on their strength of their applications, demonstrated leadership, communication skills, citizenship, and interpersonal skills.

Associate Professor 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 Brendan, Julia, and Dan over the next two years.” They will join current juniors Zack Booth from Hampden, MA majoring in Business Analytics and Information Management, Alona Kornberg from Fairlawn, NJ, a Finance major, and Anna Pickard from Southwick, MA, whose major is Accounting and Finance.

Kaljulaid, Hiney, and Garvey comprise the fifth group of the Cohen Scholarship Program, which was created in part from a $1 million gift from the estate of Frances Cohen, whose husband, Norman, attended Western New England University.