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High School Students Excel in Kent State’s Young Business Scholars Program

Posted Aug. 25, 2014

Five high school seniors received $1,000 scholarships each to attend Kent State University’s College of Business Administration in fall 2015 after winning a competition during the college’s Young Business Scholars Program.

Jennifer Guerriero of Archbishop Hoban High School, Zachary Hughes of Solon High School, Noah McDonald of Marysville High School, Jessica Tang of Padua Franciscan High School and Jillian Tischer of Mason High School made up the winning team along with coach Chad Fruitg, an MBA student, for the business plan they created as part of the program.

The Young Business Scholars Summer Program is a business-focused program for high school seniors interested in pursuing a business degree.

“The Young Business Scholars program provides high school seniors the opportunity to study the different areas of business, while experiencing college life and living on campus for the week,” says Nicole Kotlan, director of Kent State’s undergraduate programs office in the College of Business Administration.

Throughout the week, students explored the different areas of business while working in teams to develop a business plan. Using the business strategies and techniques they learned throughout the week, teams presented their final business plan to a panel of judges.

Michael Gaffney, president at Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, served as one of the judges for the competition and says he was impressed with the presentations.

“All of the students were so impressive,” Gaffney says. “Every one of these students is going to be a success, no matter what they do. It was neat to see them in the beginning of what I believe will be a long and fruitful career.”

Click here to watch winners of the Young Business Scholars program speak about the program.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Business Administration, visit www.kent.edu/business.