Scholarships and Awards
The Economics department is pleased to be able to offer several scholarships and an award to its majors. The Department is fortunate, thanks to the generosity of alumna Nancy McKinstry, to be able to offer the Nancy McKinstry Scholarship. The Elton RayackScholarship honors Elton's many years of service to the University as a member of the Economics Department, while the Jonathan Schuyler Pardee Scholarship was established to honor Jonathan who was a former Economics major. Beginning in 2007-2008 there will be an Art Mead scholarship sponsored by Art and the Joel Dirlam scholarship honoring Joel's many contributions to the department, state, and profession.
In addition to these scholarships, there is also the annual Joel Dirlam Excellence Award that honors Joel's tireless research agenda that inspired faculty and students alike during his many years at URI. This award is given to the student(s) with the year's best research paper.
Nancy McKinstry Endowed Scholarship in Economics
Nancy McKinstry is an alumna of the University and a former Economics major whose generosity has enabled the Department to provide an annual scholarship. The McKinstry scholarship is to be awarded to a meritorious student with demonstrated financial need.
Elton Rayack Scholarship in Economics
>Dr. Elton Rayack is a retired URI Economics professor whose many years of service to the University while a member of the Economics Department are acknowledged with an annual scholarship. The Rayack Scholarship is awarded to a meritorious student with a "demonstrated commitment to social justice." Financial need is not a requirement, but may be taken into consideration.
Jonathan Schuyler Pardee Memorial Scholarship in Economics
'Sky' Pardee was an Economics major from Maine who died in the fall of 2000 while studying abroad in England. The Pardee Scholarship is to be awarded biannually to a meritorious Economics student. A Philosophy student receives the award in alternate years. Financial need is not a requirement, but it may be used as a secondary consideration.
Arthur & Michelle Mead Scholarship in Economics
Art is not retired, but he is aware of the rising cost of education, and for this reason there will be an annual scholarship to be awarded to a Rhode Island Economics major with the best "Why me" essay.
Joel Dirlam Award for Excellence in Economic Research
Dr. Joel Dirlam
is a former URI Economics professor. The prize is awarded to the student(s) with the year's best research project.