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First Cohen Scholars Named

Posted August 29, 2013

The Western New England University College of Business recently received a $1 million gift from the estate of Frances Cohen. As a result, the University is offering the Frances and Norman Cohen Endowed Scholars Program. This year, three recipients were chosen to receive the recognition as being the first Cohen Scholars. The recipients include Abigail Brown, Thomas Cowin, and P. J. Nassar. Brown is a junior majoring in Accounting and Finance from Windsor, CT. Cowin is from Hampden, ME, and is a junior majoring in International Business. Nassar is a junior majoring in Accounting and Finance from Longmeadow. On August 23, a luncheon was held to celebrate the honor of being chosen as the first Cohen Scholars.

20130823_wne_0212jpg(L-R) Frances Cohen’s longtime friend and attorney Jeff Sagalyn L'76, Peter Nassar, Abigail Brown, Thomas Cowin, and Dean Julie Siciliano

The endowment will provide six scholarships a year based on merit. “Those students also will be ambassadors for the College of Business,” said College of Business Dean Julie Siciliano. In addition, the gift is making it possible for the College of Business to build a new trading room which will allow students the ability to trade on Wall Street with real money. The Frances and Norman Cohen Trading Room and Financial Center will be completed shortly and will afford students a first hand experience in a trading room and the ability to obtain Bloomberg certification.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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