In 1960, graduates of the then-College of Commerce shared a common interest in encouraging scholarship and leadership within the college. That year, 132 of them joined together as new business leaders to fund and promote Pace Setters. They sponsored the first Pace Setters awards ceremony in 1961, honoring the college’s top business students. Since that time, more than 3,300 business students - less than 5 percent of the total business school alumni population - have earned Pace Setters recognition. 

As the college’s top honor, the Pace Setters awards celebrate students who excel both in and out of the classroom and who exemplify the purpose and passion that define Fisher College of Business students and graduates. They are juniors and seniors who demonstrate exemplary leadership and service to Fisher and the community.



The 2018 Pace Setters Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, at the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.


Minimum criteria 

  1. Junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.3 
  2. Minimum of 60 credit hours earned at Ohio State, accepted into your area of specialization
  3. Provide evidence of leadership, including contributions made in a position of responsibility, such as executive board member, committee chair, etc. Membership in an organization will not be considered evidence of leadership. In the absence of being an executive board chair, committee chair, or the like, the burden of proving leadership is on the student (i.e. extensive philanthropic, service, work experience). In evaluating leadership experiences, contributions to Fisher will be more heavily weighted than community contributions. Both quantity and quality of contributions will be considered.

Application process

Applications for the 2018 Undergraduate Student Pace Setters Awards are now available at:

The deadline to submit a complete application is Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions about the application process?


Melinda McDonald
Executive Director of Undergraduate Programs