Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program

Baldwin Wallace University offers an innovative, proven success program to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). BW’s STEM scholars receive holistic support and are twice as likely to graduate with a STEM degree and do so within four years. Apply today and join a community of students just like you who are passionate about succeeding in STEM!

The Choose Ohio First STEM PChoose Ohio First logorogram is funded by the State of Ohio on an annual basis as part of the state's strategic effort to significantly strengthen Ohio's position in world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy. 


Rigorous course studies combined with outstanding hands-on learning opportunities, mentoring and peer support make our STEM scholars program exceptional and transformative for students. Here are just a few of our STEM scholars who are taking the lead in turning their aspirations into achievement.

Chris HorvathChris Horvath ’17 is majoring in physics and minoring in adolescent/young adult education. His STEM success coach helped him identify his career goals and connected him to a variety of co-curricular and leadership groups that have enhanced his educational experience. Chris is from Medina, Ohio.

Laert FejzullariLaert Fejzullari ’18 is majoring in chemistry and economics. Accepted to several prestigious schools, Laert chose BW for its unmatched sense of community and commitment to student success. He values being a member of an intelligent and engaged community of STEM scholars. Laert is from Lakewood, Ohio.

Andrea HutherAndrea Huther ’18 is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. Independent research projects and exclusive STEM programs have allowed the Akron, Ohio, native to explore and develop divergent interests. Her STEM success coach is advising her on how to build a competitive veterinary school application. 

Zach UllomZach Ullom ’18 is studying mathematics and chemistry through BW’s pre-engineering program. Being a member of the STEM community has allowed him to build friendships with STEM scholars in other science fields and learn from their experiences and ideas. Zach is from Waynesburg, Ohio.

Molly MathewsMolly Mathews ’19 is majoring in mathematics. She entered the STEM program as a freshman. Being connected to a community of students with similar interests early in her college career has helped her grow academically and socially. Molly is from Garrettsville, Ohio.


Impressive learning opportunities are at the core of BW's STEM scholars program. The strength of STEM as a career focus enables BW students to gain immediate employment and entry into graduate and professional schools.

Jena CampbellJená Campbell ’16 graduated with a major in biology and minors in forensic science and accounting. As a transfer student, the one-on-one support she received from STEM success coaches helped her transition smoothly to BW and build confidence in her ability to achieve her goals. Jená is from Cleveland.

DeShawn FranklinDeShawn Franklin ’15 is Microsoft developer for FirstEnergy in Akron, Ohio. STEM and other BW programs supported him academically and socially as he made the transition to college life. From Cleveland, he graduated in four years with a degree in computer science and a minor in studio art.

Sean HemlickSean Hemlick ’15 is software engineer for IBM UrbanCode Products in Cleveland, Ohio. Multiple internships enabled the Uniontown, Ohio, native to interact with customers and apply technical knowledge, experience that he says has given him an edge over others in the field.

Aric GadyAric Gady ’14 is cyber security specialist for FirstEnergy in Akron, Ohio. He graduated with a degree in computer science and a minor in mathematics. Regular STEM events allowed him to apply classroom learning, acquire new knowledge and build a personal network spanning various STEM disciplines. He is from Maineville, Ohio.

Tyler AlbanTyler Alban ’13 is Ph.D. candidate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. At BW, he conducted research on the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and presented his findings at multiple conferences around the country. He also worked as teaching assistant and studied abroad in Ecuador. Tyler is from Massillon, Ohio.

Sarah AllredSarah Allred ’13 is special chemistry medical lab technician at Cleveland HeartLab. She cites the steadfast support and encouragement she received from BW chemistry faculty during her most challenging semesters as essential to her academic and career success. Sarah is from Green, Ohio.

Joe LuchsingerJoe Luchsinger ’13 is MD-PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. At BW, small class sizes, faculty mentors and extensive experiential learning opportunities enabled the Bexley, Ohio, native to engage deeply in multiple areas of interest while preparing for medical school.