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Seven economics scholarships awarded for 2015-2016 academic year

Winston Hovekamp, Arlen Alton, Kayla Kirksey, Jean Ramirez, Elliot Tran, Peter Ma and Tyler Quartraro selected for H.T. Koplin, Alanson H. Kleinsorge and Grace Miller Scholarships.

Seven exemplary students were awarded scholarships by the Economics Department for the next academic year 2015-2016.

Winston Hovekamp received the H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship for Economics of $3,000; Arlen Alton, Kayla Kirksey, and Jean Ramirez each received the Alanson H. Kleinsorge Scholarship of $1,500; and Elliot Tran, Peter Ma, and Tyler Quartraro were each awarded the Grace Miller Economics Scholarship of $2,500.

H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship Winner


Winston Hovekamp is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Economics and Mathematics.  This year he will work as a teaching assistant and research assistant in addition to finishing his degree. After graduation, he plans to work for a few years and travel extensively in Europe and Latin America before pursuing a graduate degree in economics.






Alanson H. Kleinsorge Scholarship Winners


Arlen Alton is originally from Portland.  He is a junior majoring in Economics. He is apart of the Student Support Services, a federally funded TRiO organization. He helps fellow undergraduates meet the rigors of higher education and graduate from UO.  He is interested in GMO’s, unemployment, real estate, and investment. After graduation, he hopes to work as a data analyst for a small business or federal government agency.







Kayla Kirksey is a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in Economics.  She is interested in international studies with a concentration in developmental economics.  Outside of school, she is an active member of her sorority, volunteers at Greenhill Humane Society and is a conversation partner for international students through the Yamada Language Lab as she’s fluent in Japanese. After graduation, she hopes to work abroad to help restructure economies.






Jean Ramirez is a junior at the University of Oregon double majoring in Economics and Political Science. He is an active member and part of the executive board as chair of research at the University of Oregon’s Economics Club.  After graduation, he plans on working in the private sector before applying to graduate school.








Grace Miller Scholarship Winner


Elliot Tran is a senior at the University of Oregon, double majoring in Economics and Journalism. During her time at UO she has worked with the Vietnamese Student Association, Career Center Portland, American Cancer Society and White Bird Clinic.  After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Health or Health Economics.







Tyler Quartraro is a Sophomore at the University of Oregon, double major in Business and Economics. After graduating he plans to either teach English abroad or attend an international graduate school for economics or law.  “Being awarded this scholarship is a huge honor and I only hope to one day return the generosity with the knowledge and skills I acquire in thanks to it.”






About the Scholarships

The Department of Economics awards these scholarships to students majoring in economics who are Oregon residents.

The Alanson H. Kleinsorge Scholarship is offered to support and encourage economics students who face academic challenges in their college careers.

The H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an economics major demonstrating a combination of financial need and high academic performance in economics courses. The Koplin Memorial Scholarship is awarded once per year.

The Grace Miller Scholarship was created in honor of donor Grace Miller, who earned her MA in Business Administration at the UO and went on to teach business and economics at South Eugene High School. This scholarship is offered to encourage and support an academically strong UO undergraduate economics major who is an Oregon resident and who has demonstrated an interest in teaching. Preference is given to women, and the scholarship is awarded on a quarterly basis depending on available funds.


The Department of Economics would like to thank our generous donors for providing these opportunities for our outstanding students to pursue their goals for a college education.