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Economics Department Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded during the spring semester to Economics Majors in their Junior year at Purdue. Selection is primarily on the basis of academic excellence with some specific eligibility requirements. A cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5 is required for consideration.

Alan Hess Award

This award was created through the generosity of Dr. Alan C. Hess to recognize the outstanding academic performance of top students enrolled in Senior Economic Honors Seminar (ECON499).

2019 Recipient: Jacob Townsend

Jacob Townsend


Jacob will graduate in May with a degree in Economics and minors in Political Science and Statistics.  Jacob is a Fulbright Semi-finalist, a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Purdue Student Government, President of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Purdue Student Supreme Court President and Executive Board member of SMERF ( School of Management Employers Forum). After graduation Jacob plans to study global development and policy.  He would like to help countries understand the economic and social impact of immigration.  He would like to develop better processes for immigrant integration that utilize cultural exchange and the arts.  

2018 Recipient Ziqing Zhang

 Ziqing Zhang

Ziqing graduated with a degree in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Statistics. She is also studying to become a pilot. Ziqing interned as a quality control specialist for Montagne Medical Device Corporation. she was also a research assistant in Professor Zhou's lab at Weil Cornell.  After graduation she plans to work on her masters' in Statistics MPS at Cornell. She would eventually like to work as a statistical researcher.