Meet ystark! YP: Morgan Benson


Morgan Benson



Occupation/Title/Place of work:

Multicultural Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions at Walsh University

Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative?

I believe in young professionals coming together to connect and build a network personally and professionally. Together we can serve our community in the best way possible.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

This would add another opportunity to your life that you don't already have in Stark County. Take advantage of all growth opportunities.

Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why?

I grew up in Stark County in the city of Canton and attended McKinley High School.

Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view?

I left Stark County to go away to college, but I wanted to come back to give back to my community. In my position at Walsh University, I am able to work with students from the same community I grew up in and help them get to college. Aside from my professional point of view, I am close to my family and friends who lives in Stark.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

The thing I like most about Stark County is the dedication the community has to continuing to grow and develop. We have added so many features to this area over time; the arts district, Pro Football Hall of Fame growth, First Friday, and all of the small businesses that work together to keep the community strong.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

I would add more opportunities for young people to take advantage of and add more entertainment options to connect people.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?

A program that work with high school students in Stark to help them get into college including college prep. skills, tutoring, and scholarship. Also, providing a mentoring program connecting young professionals to students in Stark to provide guidance, leadership skills, college and career exposure, and overall support.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

A thriving and fast paced community full of opportunities to grow and develop personally and professionally.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio?

During the warmer months I enjoy going to First Friday for fun.

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?

I love Stark County and always want to give back to my community, but I am not sure if I will stay forever. As a professional working in higher education, there are not a wide variety of higher education institutions in the area.