Economics Announces Spring Scholarship Awardees
February 18, 2013—The Department of Economics announced the recipients of its spring semester scholarships on February 15. Six scholarship awards will be granted to three students in the economics graduate program and three undergraduate economics majors. The awards are provided through the endowments of three scholarships in the department.
“Scholarships are ideal incentives for attracting high potential students to our program,” says Roger Meiners, professor and chairman of the Economics Department. “I’m pleased that some of our best performing students are able to benefit from the generosity of the donors who established these endowments.”
The scholarships are reserved exclusively for students unconditionally accepted in an economics degree program. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must meet the academic performance requirements stated on the department’s website.
Spring 2013 scholarship recipients are:
- Vi Tran, graduate student in economics, will receive $2,300.00 from the McCrea Memorial Scholarship
- Abdul Yesuf, graduate student in economics, will receive $2,250.00 from the McCrea Memorial Scholarship
- Brendan O’Dwyer, undergraduate economics major, will receive $1,000.00 from the McCrea Memorial Scholarship
- Nien Nguyen, graduate student in economics, will receive $1,750.00 from the McCrea Memorial Scholarship
- Vinko Kaurin, undergraduate economics major, will receive $1,000.00 from the Dennis Memorial Scholarship
- Christopher Southern, undergraduate economics major, will receive $1,000.00 from the Ziegler Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship recipient Abdul Yesuf plans to graduate in May with a master’s degree in economics. In 2011, Abdul transferred from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. “I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Joan McCrea Memorial scholarship for the spring semester of 2013,” he says. “I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me since I rely on financial aid, grants and student loans to help finance my education.”
Nien Nguyen, an international student with a 4.0 grade point average, is the first in his family to graduate from college. “Being inspired by what has been happening since the financial crisis of 2008, I chose to further my graduate studies in economics in order to understand dynamics of the economy,” he says. “Without support from my family and UT Arlington, my journey of education would not go this far.“
The Joan McCrea Memorial Scholarship was established by James McCrea with the support of friends and family in memory of his wife. Dr. McCrea was employed as professor of economics at The University of Texas at Arlington from September 1966 until her death in 1984. Her professional expertise was in the field of labor economics. The scholarship program, established in her name, is designed to honor her memory and dedication to providing quality economics education.
The Richard L. and Betty Shelton Dennis Endowed Scholarship was established through the generosity of James and Mildred Dennis to honor their son, Richard, and to memorialize their daughter-in-law, Betty Shelton Dennis, who passed away in 1998. Betty Dennis earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at The University of Texas at Arlington. Richard Dennis was a visiting assistant professor at the University from 1981-1983.
The Ziegler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Department of Economics, the College of Business, friends, and family to honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Lawrence Ziegler at The University of Texas at Arlington. Professor Ziegler was a member of the Economics Department from September 1969 until March 1996. He was Acting Chairman of the Department from January 1993 through September 1995.