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Department Scholarships

The Department of Economics is pleased to offer several prestigious scholarships in support of our outstanding students.

Applications for the Grace Miller, Alanson H. Kleinsorge, and the H. T. Koplin Memorial Economics scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year will be due October 13 by midnight. Interested students should complete the application form along with a cover letter explaining your suitability for the award(s) for which you are applying. Click here for the application form. Questions or assistance with forms should  be sent to the Economics Undergraduate Coordinator, Mike Peixoto

Grace Miller Economics Scholarship

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. The scholarship is $2,500 and may be used for all standard educational expenses including tuition, fees, books, miscellaneous supplies, and room and board.  Up to four awards may be given in any academic year.

The selection of the recipient(s) shall be based on the following criteria:

  • Oregon resident undergraduate student(s) majoring in Economics
  • Student(s) successfully demonstrating an interest in teaching
  • Special consideration shall be given to women

If no eligible student interested in teaching applies to receive the award, then any undergraduate student majoring in economics is eligible to receive an award from the Fund.

The donor has a strong interest in providing financial assistance to students from diverse backgrounds. Given this interest, the donor recognizes that the awards from this Fund will help support the University’s commitment to a diverse student population, one that includes individuals of varying ages, genders, races, national origins, talents, etc., and those from underrepresented populations and/or economically disadvantaged background.

Alanson H. Kleinsorge Economics Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to support and encourage economics students who face academic challenges in their college careers. The scholarship of $1,500 will be applied to the recipient’s UO tuition and fees for the following academic year.

The selection of the recipient(s) shall be based on the following criteria:

  • Low income individual eligible for financial aid and have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid by application deadline.
  • Student who has had academic difficulties at some point in their career (high school or college) and who has now made significant and sustained improvements in their academic performance.
  • Have attended at least two terms at the university
  • Must be enrolled at the University of Oregon when s/he applies, an Economics Major and must attend the university in the academic year immediately following awarding of the scholarship.

H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship in Economics

The H.T. Koplin Memorial Scholarship in Economics is offered to one undergraduate student majoring in economics per year. The scholarship amount is $3,000 and can be used to assist the recipient with expenses related to attending the university, including, but not limited to: tuition, fees, books, room and board.

The award recipient shall be an economics major who has satisfied the following criteria by the time of application:

  • Has at least junior status and completed all required intermediate macroeconomic theory, intermediate microeconomic theory, and mathematics courses required for the economics major, none of which were taken in a study abroad program.
  • Has at least a 3.6 GPA in the courses the recipient has taken in the economics major, with at least 75% of those courses taken at the University of Oregon.
  • Has financial need, as determined by the University of Oregon’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Is an Oregon Resident.

Other Scholarships

To apply for other scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences, click here.

For general University of Oregon scholarship information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Graduation Awards

In addition to the Departmental Scholarships, the Economics Department awards a number of specific prizes at graduation for particularly outstanding students. Each award carries a cash prize. These are as follows:

Best Solo-Authored Senior Thesis Paper

Best Senior Thesis Written as a Group Project

University of Oregon Economics Club Award: This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of members of the UO Economics Club, including past leaders and those who have demonstrated leadership “from the bench.”

Most Valuable Player Award: This award recognizes the hard work of students who went above and beyond to contribute to the betterment of the program by being a team player, contributing thoughtful questions and insights in the classroom, and getting involved in extracurricular activities outside of the classroom to deepen their understanding of the field of economics.