Paul Scholars

Peter T. Paul with our Paul Scholars


The Paul Scholars Program was funded by a $5 million gift from Peter T. Paul to support and recognize the most academically promising students who want to major in Business, Economics or Hospitality Management. The mission is to give extraordinary students a unique and diversified experience to develop them into leaders within Paul College and the UNH community, while equipping them with the rigorous academic education and career skills needed to succeed upon graduation.

To learn about program standards, contact Admissions
Phone: (603) 862-1360

For program specific information, contact Sean Stewart
Phone: (603) 862-3885

Paul Scholars
University of New Hampshire 
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
10 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824
University of New Hampshire

Benefits  & Program highlights


  • Pre-Wildcat Days Experience: 
    Prior to Wildcat Days, the Paul Scholars move onto campus early to participate in an integrated experience that will engage them in UNH, Paul College and the local community. Programming includes team building, corporate site visits, outdoor activities and meeting with Paul alumni, upperclassmen, faculty and staff.
  • Residential Learning Community:
    The Paul College Scholars can opt-in to a residential learning community in Sawyer Hall. The group have their own floor and a Paul student RA chosen collaboratively between Residential Life and Paul Undergraduate Programs to ensure a good role model and mentor for these scholars.
  • Introduction to Business:
    A specific recitation for ADMN 400 will be created for the Paul Scholars to encourage high level discussion and an opportunity for a shared classroom experience. A high-level, distinguished recitation instructor will be selected. 
  • Mentorship:
    Each first-year Paul Scholar will be matched with an upperclassman Paul Scholar to help guide them through the first-year at UNH and in Paul College. Additionally, each Paul Scholar will have a peer advisor and alumni advisor assigned to them through the FIRE Program. 
  • Seminar Series: 
    The Paul Scholars will have programming provided by the Undergraduate Programs Office (facilitated by Tamara Rury and Sean Stewart). Not only does this provide additional academic support, but is an opportunity to be exposed to the opportunities UNH has to offer.
  • Faculty Discussion Circles: 
    In the spring semester, each Paul Scholar is placed in a group led by a faculty member to discuss an area of interest in the world of business. The discussion circles provide a platform for meaningful dialog between faculty and Paul Scholars.
  • Professional & Leadership Development:
    A major component to the Paul College Scholars Program will be professional and leadership development in order to promote dynamic leadership in the classroom, community and professional world. 
    •  Each scholar will meet individually with Paul Career and Professional Success (CaPS).
    • In the spring, the group will travel locally to meet with alumni and to go on company site visits.
    • Each scholar will be encouraged to apply and participate in Leadership Camp over January or spring break. 

"Through the mentor program, the community in Sawyer Hall, professional workshops, and easy advisor contact, the Paul Scholar Program made my transition into college smooth and enjoyable. This program has provided me the skills to grow, gain confidence, and have the courage to try things out of my comfort zone. I've also met some of my closest friends."

-Sadie Mazzola '21
Hometown: Rye, NY

Sophomore Year:

  • Leadership Series:
    In the fall semester, sophomore Paul Scholars participate in a leadership development series facilitated by Dr. William Hassey, a Principal Lecturer in the Management department. This is an opportunity for Paul Scholars to not only learn about and develop their own leadership style and skills, but learn how others lead and best practices for working with people unlike yourself. 
  • Professional Development:
    To build upon the first-year, Paul Scholars will be guided in their second year to identify their high-impact passions, develop skills and create a plan of action to achieve their career goals post-graduation. 
    • In the fall, each scholar will work with Paul Undergraduate Programs one-on-one to identify experiences (study abroad, study away, etc.).
    • In the spring, each scholar will work with Paul CaPS one-on-one to discuss strengths and interests and how that can relate to internship and work experiences. 
    • In the spring, each Scholar will get to participate in a job shadow that aligns with their professional interests.
  • Advisory Board Mentorship:
    Each sophomore Paul Scholar will be matched with a Paul College Advisory Board Member that will serve as a mentor for the year. The Paul College Advisory Board consists of industry leaders in a range of professional business organizations. This group advises and assists the school with educational and research activities, assists in maintaining relationships with external constituencies, and helps develop the resources necessary to carry out the school's mission.
  • Peer Mentorship:
    Each sophomore Paul Scholar will be matched with a first-year Paul Scholar to help guide them through the first-year at UNH and in Paul College. This will help the upperclassmen Paul Scholars develop their leadership skills and serve as a role model in the community.

Featured paul scholars

Headshot of Paul Scholar Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy '20
Hometown: Danbury, CT

“The Paul Scholars Program has allowed me to make connections in the business college and with alumni that I do not know if I would have been able to make as easily without this program.”

Headshot of Paul Scholar Isabella Ronson

Isabella Ronson '21
Hometown: Henrico, VA

"The Paul Scholars Program has been a pivotal part in my college experience - academically, professionally and socially.  My first year, living with similar-minded students and having two academic advisors, I had support whenever needed and the menorship program has connected me with industry leaders who are helping me reach my professional goals." 

Headshot of Paul Scholar Grant Morhun

Grant Morhun '21
Hometown: Etna, NH

"The Paul Scholar Faculty Discussion Circle was one of my most enjoyable experiences at UNH. With a small group of Paul Scholars and Paul’s Associate Dean of Graduate Education, we explored the topic of leading without authority. This changed the way I thought about my role in the workplace and as a student. Everyone can make a difference, regardless of their role."

Headshot of Paul Scholar Sarah Wilkinson

Sarah Wilkinson '22
Hometown: Lincoln University, PA

“The Paul Scholars program has been a great way for me to find hardworking students like myself that I can always rely on for help, or to just be someone to spend my free time with. I’m really grateful we got to move in early in order to acclimate ourselves to campus life, and start building new relationships before the craziness of the academic year took over!”

Headshot of Paul Scholar Parker Armstrong

Parker Armstrong '20
Hometown: Exeter, NH

“I know being a Paul Scholar has been the defining experience of my first-year, and I think that will remain true during the rest of my UNH experience. I can't say enough how grateful I am for this experience.”

brandi mckay paul scholar

Brandi McKay '21
Hometown: Epping, NH

"My favorite experience so far has been the early move in and Pre-Wildcat Days. I really enjoyed it because I made so many friends, got to learn about the program, meet Dean Merrill-Sands and professors,  and had early access to the campus. This involvement was the stepping stones for me to truly appreciate and act on everything UNH has to offer. "

Eligibility Requirements

UNH alumnus Peter T. Paul funded these scholarships to support and recognize the most academically promising students majoring in Business Administration, Economics and Hospitality Management. When you apply* to major in academic programs at Paul College, you are automatically considered and notified at the time of admission. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded in addition to other UNH merit aid. They may be renewed annually for up to four years provided you maintain academic standards detailed in the offer letter.

*Apply to UNH Admissions by Feb. 1 to be considered for the Peter T. Paul Scholars scholarships (no separate scholarship application process).

Competitive applicants for this award generally:

  • Rank in the top 15% of their graduating class (or equivalent level for unranked schools, as determined by GPA and/or information on the school profile)
  • Show a strong college preparatory curriculum and consistent achievement
  • Achieve standardized test scores of 1300+ SAT / 27+ ACT composite

These are minimum criteria to be considered for the Peter T. Paul Scholarship. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee an award as the pool of applicants is competitive and the number of scholarships limited.


Paul Scholars Cohorts

Name Hometown, State Major(s)/Option(s)
Parker Armstrong Exeter, NH Economics, BS
Aaron Bernier Stafford Springs, CT Accounting
Abigail Chapman Beverly Hills, MI Finance, Entrepreneurial Studies
Jill Conry Bolton, MA Accounting, Finance
Attilio CrimiVaroli Highland, NY International Business and Economics
Daniel Dixon Alton, NH Management
Danielle Doonan Center Ossipee, NH Marketing, Information Systems and Business Analytics
Jared Farley Nashua, NH Information Systems and Business Analytics
Catherine Francis Wakefield, MA Accounting
Corey Gallagher Blackstone, MA Marketing, Information Systems and Business Analytics
Samantha Galvin New Rochelle, NY Accounting, Marketing
Riley Green Brentwood, NH Accounting, Finance
Annie Henry Peterborough, NH International Business and Economics
Kristine Keller-Miller Minneapolis, MN Accounting, Information Systems and Business Analytics, EcoGastronomy
Nicholas LaCreta Salem, NH Finance, Information Systems and Business Analytics
Timothy Larkin Stratham, NH Accounting, Finance
Amanda Lee Bedford, NH Accounting
Jeffrey Manning Chester, NH Accounting, Finance
Alexander McKenna Melvin Village, NH Marketing
Nora Miller Jackson, NH Accounting, Finance
Kevin Murphy Danbury, CT Finance
Edward Speidel Dover, NH Accounting, Finance
Ian Stocker Riverton, NJ Finance, Management


Name Hometown, State
Kelsea Batchelder Londonderry, NH
Jeremy Bates Chichester, NH
Sydney Carlisle Keene, NH
Megan Champagne Jaffrey,  NH
Ning Hui Comey Old Saybrook, CT
Allison Crowley Hampton, NH
Haley Demers Dover, NH
Masami Dustin Hampstead, NH
David Erickson Nashua, NH
Mark Fagan Hampton Falls, NH
Harrison Gleed Exeter, NH
Sophia Hughes Stratham, NH
Yanni Kakouris Atkinson, NH
Andrew Leduc Cape Neddick, ME
Alicia Lester Hillsborough, NH
John Mahoney Wakefield, RI
Alexa Mayo Londonderry, NH
Sadie Mazzola Rye, NY
Lindsey McGinnis Ballston Spa, NY
Brandi McKay Epping, NH
Nicholas Mogielnicki Williston, VT
Grant Morhun Etna, NH
Nicholas Olney New London, NH
Jonathan Olson Plainville, CT
Jessica Oswald Tolland, CT
Mallory Perron Barrington, NH
Jessica Renna Hudson, NH
Isabella Ronson Henrico, VA
Madison Smith Auburn, NH
Anna Stoll Durham, NH
Daniel Vanecek Merrimack, NH
John Washburn Northborough, MA
James Wichert Manchester, NH
Samantha Woodman Claremont, NH
Laura Zubricki Methuen, MA
Name Hometown, State
Claire Anderson Florham Park, NJ
Rebecca Bahlert Rochester, NH
Olivia Balabanis Foxboro, MA
Lillian Bennett Medway, MA
Sarah Blampied Bethlehem, NH
Mark Borak Bow, NH
Zachary Broder Flanders, NJ
Erin Casey Haverhill, A
Hannah Cloutier Stratham, NH
Stephen Cote Littleton, NH
Elizabeth Dion Nashua, NH
Maria Dos Santos Koch Brentwood, NH
Killian Dowd Canaan, NH
Lindsey Dumond Hampton, NH
Jill Durkin Greenland, NH
Kathleen Flath Jamestown, RI
Conner Furtado Center Conway, NH
Eligah Gaumont Merrimack, NH
Ryan Glass Topsham, ME
Kaitlin Griffin Amherst, NH
Jessica Havican Franklin, MA
Conor Jowett East Hampstead, NH
Noah Lapointe Rochester, NH
Bryn Larkin Stratham, NH
Camden Leno Hampton, NH
Nickholas Lester Hillsborough, NH
Rebecca Milbury Epping, NH
Nicholas Mokas Bedford, NH
Liam Morrissey Wolfeboro, NH
William Papageorge Hampstead, NH
Jenna Peterson Londonderry, NH
Eryn Pierce Goffstown, NH
Jessica Pierson Hopatcong, NJ
Ethan Pollet Stratham, NH
Ryan Quinn Amherst, NH
Kathryn Rascoe Queensbury, NY
Kagen Robertson Greeland, NH
Tiffany Roderick Taunton, MA
Charles Sacher Coral Gables, FL
Nathanial Schroeder Strafford, NH
Hailley Simpson Belmont, NH
Carter Snow Rye, NH
Emily Soule Concord, NH
Alexander Tarczon Salem, NH
Charlotte Townshend Park City, UT
Nathan Twarog Meriden, NH
Sarah Wilkinson Lincoln University, PA
Hannah Wirth Dover, NH
Brahim Yatim Shrewsbury, MA