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College of Business Names Cohen Scholars

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019 - 2:30 PM All News , Business
  • Mariana Goncalves, Nolan Zweep, Chloe Wood (pictured from left to right) and Conner Murphy (studying abroad and not pictured) have been named Cohen Scholars by the College of Business.

College of Business Dean Rob Kleine has announced the selection of four business students as the newest Cohen Scholars. Sophomores Mariana Goncalves (accounting) of Ludlow; Conner Murphy (sport management) of Millbrook, NY; Chloe Wood (accounting) of Colchester, CT; and Nolan Zweep (accounting) of Abbotsford, British Columbia, join an illustrious group of just 19 other Cohen Scholars dating to the program’s inception in 2013.

Cohen Scholars serve as student ambassadors representing the College of Business at various events throughout the year, and receive an annual merit scholarship of $5,000. In extending 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."

Goncalves, Zweep, and Wood (pictured above, left to right) along with Conner Murphy, who is studying abroad this semester in London, were selected from a finalist pool of exceptional candidates after a rigorous application and interview process. High-performing students who have achieved a minimum 3.7 GPA are invited to apply after three semesters at Western New England, 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 Mariana, Conner, Chloe, and Nolan,” who will join current juniors Cameron Coe, Amelia Sponauer, and Tessa Wood as scholars. The 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 seventh cohort of the Cohen Scholars 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.