by Evie Somogyi, marketing intern and senior marketing student, Mike Cottrell College of Business

The Mike Cottrell College of Business is dedicated to creating strong graduates and strong communities.

Each fall, the college of business selects a group of Cottrell Scholars. These students are dedicated to serving the community, UNG, and the Mike Cottrell College of Business. To be selected for the program, students must meet a minimum GPA of 3.5 and participate in an application and interview process with members of the Mike Cottrell College of Business faculty and staff.

Once accepted into the program, students are required to complete 24 hours of service divided equally between service to the university, service to the community and professional development. Students are also provided with a stipend for two semesters to support their collegiate efforts.

In the fall semester, 12 new scholars were chosen, and the returning scholars served as mentors to the new scholars. Through their leadership and guidance, the group was able to achieve many goals as a team.

Cottrell Scholars teach financial literacy at North Hall High school

Cottrell Scholars teaching financial literacy at North Hall High School in Fall 2016.

The Cottrell Scholars completed a total of 663 service hours in Fall 2016. They accomplished this by running a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, teaching Financial literacy courses at North Hall High School, helping coordinate Mike Cottrell College of Business events, and were involved in a variety of individual service projects. The Scholars were also involved in assisting organizations such as Junior Achievement, Make A Wish Foundation, and The Humane Society.

The Cottrell Scholars are honored to be a part of this program. Moreover, they are truly grateful for the generosity of Mike Cottrell and other donors that have made this program available to them. The experiences gained through involvement in this program not only develop our students as individuals, but strengthen our community as a whole. The Cottrell Scholars truly portray our mission to build strong graduates, who, in turn, will build strong communities.

This past semester, 12 new scholars were chosen. Meet the Scholars of Fall 2016 and Spring 2017: Taylor Allen, Madelyn Alvarado, Grayson Anthony, Benjamin Cannoles, Chase Cole, Allie Costley, Lauren Daniels, Shelby Dix, Madison Fountain, Ken Galloway, Brigette Kinkade, Marissa Langston, Cody McQuillen, Valerie Moore, Emile Phommavongsy, Sunny Owings, Abby Freeman , Evie Somogyi, Eavan Thomas, Mark Werner, Morgan Winn