Cutler Scholars Program announces class of 2021

MHS student among 18 selected

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ATHENS — Ohio University’s Cutler Scholars Program for community-engaged leaders has selected 18 students for the class of 2021. The incoming Scholars have been accepted into nine of Ohio University’s 11 colleges, with majors ranging from Studio Art and English to Finance and Biomechanical Engineering.

Among the students selected for the program is Meigs High School senior Dillon Mahr.

Mahr is the recipient of the Russ Legacy Cutler Scholar Award. At Meigs High School, Mahr is the president of National Honor Society and class treasurer. He is an Eagle Scout in Troop 299, and a varsity member of the basketball, track, and cross country teams. He is a member of the Drama Club; a delegate to Buckeye Boys State, where he received the Outstanding Citizen Award; and a member of the Farmers Bank Junior Board of Directors. He plans to major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Ohio University. He is the son of Ryan and Carol Mahr.

“We are delighted to welcome the Cutler Scholars class of 2021 to Ohio University,” said Dr. Margaux Cowden, Director of the Cutler Scholars Program. “This cohort represents an impressive range of accomplishments. Students in the incoming class have taught child refugees to build and operate sailboats, published novels, raised more than $10,000 for the Thirst Project, and worked with local restaurants to implement sustainable seafood menus. Many have worked to alleviate food insecurity, drug addiction, poverty, homophobia, transphobia, racism, able-ism, sexism, and bullying. All of them have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their schools and communities. We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish at Ohio University.”

The Cutler Scholars Program is one of Ohio University’s premier scholarship programs, providing financial support, mentorship, and unmatched leadership and service experiences to students who demonstrate the potential to be change-makers and advocates for justice. The program selects students based on their intellectual curiosity, leadership capability, civic engagement, and character.

During the four-year scholarship program, Cutler Scholars live together, participate in a weekly colloquium, and take part in four enrichment experiences. The enrichment experiences are comprised of outdoor leadership, public service, international travel, and internships. In addition, students receive a significant scholarship and a stipend for enrichment experiences.

The Cutler Scholars of the Class of 2021 are: Will Brumfield, Troy, Ohio; Carlee Dempsey, Oak Hill, Ohio; Emily Gayton, Olean, New York; Olivia Hersman, Heath, Ohio; Georgia Hilliard, Chillicothe, Ohio; Grace Judd, Adel, Iowa; Justin Kelley, Liberty Township, Ohio; Lauren Landers, Grafton, Ohio; Dillon Mahr, Rutland, Ohio; Claire McGee, Athens, Ohio; Ryanne Morr, Lebanon, Ohio; Moss Nash, Loveland, Ohio; Maria Onusko, Greenfield, Ohio; Jordan Pazol, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Zach Perie, Greenfield, Ohio; Hannah Posedel, Lakewood, Ohio; Emma Rubadue, University Heights, Ohio; Alexis Smith, Londonderry, Ohio.

The Cutler Scholars Program began in the mid-1990s as a discussion between alumnus Wilfred R. Konneker and Jack G. Ellis, at that time the University’s vice president for development, about recruiting high-achieving students to Ohio University. Soon after, then-Ohio University President Charles J. Ping joined their discussions, which progressed into the creation of the Cutler Scholars Program, named for the Rev. Manasseh Cutler, co-founder of Ohio University. Students received the first Cutler Scholar awards in the 1996-97 academic year.

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MHS student among 18 selected

Staff Report