Scholarships and Awards

Economics majors may, of course, apply for any general scholarship that the university offers. There are, however, a number of scholarships which you are more likely to get if you are an economics major. 

To learn more about our scholarships and how to apply, contact Dr. Robert Tatum at rtatum@unca.edu.

Many of these scholarships and awards have been donated by our generous graduates. Alumni and friends of the Economics Department who wish to contribute should contact Dr. Robert Tatum at rtatum@unca.eduLearn more about some of the alumni who have donated.

Scholarships

  • David W. Berson and James F. Smith Scholarship (at least $750 per year). Awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need.  Funds for this scholarship are compliments of David W. Berson and James F. Smith.
  • Busby Family Scholarship ($500 per year). Funds for this scholarship are compliments of Shawn Busby (1995).
  • Keith and Kevin Davis Scholarship (at least $300 per year).  Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need with special consideration given to students from Madison County. Funds for this scholarship are compliments of Keith and Kevin Davis (1997).
  • Economics Alumni Scholarships (multiple, at least $500 per year). Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, service to the campus and/or community and financial need.  Funds for these scholarships are compliments of the following alumni: Marc Allen (1989), Sarah Bumgarner (1982), Lacy Cross (1993), David Dunn (1979), Ed Erwin (1970), Mike Erwin (1976), Pat Latta (2000), Lynda McCaskill (2002), Chris Nimsch (1999) and Sally Pedley (1977).
  • Charles D. Gentry Scholarship (at least $1,000 per year). Special consideration given to students with financial need and service to the community.  Funds for this scholarship are compliments of Charles D. Gentry (1988).
  • Peggy and Carlyle Pooser Scholarship ($1,000 per year). This scholarship is established in honor of Peggy and Carlyle Pooser, grandparents of UNCA economics alum, Andy Pooser. Peggy and Carlyle have always demonstrated enthusiasm, humor and hard work. Despite limited financial means, they placed their three sons through college and have stayed happily married  even after numerous SEC football upsets. The Pooser family hopes this gift helps students to complete a college degree and to confront challenges with zeal.  Funds for this scholarship are compliments of Andy Pooser (1991).
  • Joseph Reiner Scholarship in Memory of  David Reiner (1983, about $1,000 per year). Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need with special consideration given to students who are employed while attending college. Funds for this scholarship are compliments of Joseph Reiner.
  • John D. Taylor Scholarship.  Preference given to economics majors in the environmental economics option, Ethics and Social Institutions students pursuing economics coursework, and students interested in understanding the role of free enterprise in society. This scholarship is compliments of John Taylor(2004).
  • Wealth Advisor Group Scholarship ($500 per year). Awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need with special consideration given to students taking finance classes. Funds for this scholarship are compliments of the Wealth Advisor Group.
  • Dana Zimmerman Scholarship ($300 per year). Awarded on the basis of academic merit and service to the community. Funds for this scholarship are compliments of Cynthia Roberts (1991).

Awards

The department makes the following awards each year. Each comes with a check due to the generosity of alumni and friends of the department.

  • Outstanding Performance Award (at least $200). For best overall performance in economics.
  • Keith and Kevin Davis Outstanding Research Award (at least $200). For best paper in Economics 480. Funds for this award are compliments of Keith and Kevin Davis (1997).
  • Dana Zimmerman Service Award (at least $200). For the economics major who best exemplifies service to the school and the community. Funds for this award are compliments of Cynthia Roberts (1991).
  • David Reiner Awards (2 of at least $200). Two awards for students who excelled in economics and were employed while in college. Preference given to students from the WNC area.  Funds for this award are compliments of David Reiner (1983).
  • Morgan Stanley Award for Excellence in Finance ($200). For an understanding of financial concepts and the ability to use these concepts to solve real-world financial problems. Funds for this award are compliments of Morgan Stanley.