Day Ketterer Awards Business Excellence Scholarship to Matthew Ripple

The 2019 Day Ketterer Business Excellence Scholarship Award has been awarded to Matthew S. Ripple in recognition of his academic achievement and insightful essay on the effect of tariffs on the U.S. and world economies. The scholarship is a one-time award in the amount of $2,500, paid directly to the college of the recipient’s choice.

Day Ketterer presented its eighth annual scholarship to Ripple at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards ceremony and dinner on May 7 at The Conference Center, Kent State University Stark.

Ripple, a senior at Jackson High School, is the son of Lori and Kevin Ripple of Massillon, Ohio. Ripple was chosen for the scholarship based on his winning essay, “The Tariff, A Double Edged Sword.”

 Ripple’s essay was written in response to the prompt “"The Effect of Tariffs on the U.S. and World Economies."   Scholarship essay submissions were open to Stark County high school seniors, as well as Stark County high school graduates enrolled at a university or college.

In his essay, Ripple points out that due to the combination of economics and foreign policy, the effects of tariffs can be difficult to predict. “Because tariffs are so interconnected, it is often extremely difficult to specifically pinpoint their effect on the global market” he writes. “The use of a tariff can create numerous effects on the country that enacted it, the country that it is directed at, and the global market as a whole”

Ripple will attend the University of Akron, majoring in aerospace engineering.

 In addition to taking many advanced level classes, Ripple is member of the Jackson High School golf team, the Mock Trial team and the marching band. He is very involved as a volunteer in his church’s student ministries.