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Awards/Scholarships

The Department of Economics has several awards and scholarships available. We congratulate the 2015-2016 award recipients.

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Undergraduate Student Awards (Graduating)

Kevin H. Burley Economics Scholarship

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student graduating from one of the Honors Specialization modules in Economics, based on academic achievement. Students must have obtained an 80% average in their Economics courses at the 3200 level or higher (or equivalent should course numbers change). In addition, they must show proof of acceptance of an offer of admission to an economics graduate program in one of three UK universities: the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Cambridge University or one of the top ranked US graduate economics programs (as judged by the Department of Economics through the use of established ranking systems). Documentation regarding acceptance to an appropriate school is required to be submitted to the Department of Economics Undergraduate office by April 30 each year. The Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Social Science will select the recipient. Preference will be given to a candidate who accepts admission to the London School of Economics when there is more than one applicant of equal merit. Value: 1 at $5,000. Additionally, the donor prefers that the scholarship value be maintained at a minimum of $5,000 provided funds are available. Effective Date: 2016-2017 academic year This scholarship was established with a generous gift from the Burley Family in honour of Kevin H. Burley, a former Professor in Economics (1966 - 1986), Chair of the Department (1969-70), and Professor Emeritus (1986-90) at the University. The Burley family has a close association with the University: Kevin's wife, June, worked at the University Hospital for 17 years; all three Burley children are Alumni, and one of them, Stephen K. Burley, was awarded a Doctorate of Science Honoris Causa by the University in 2016. The Burley family wishes to honour Kevin H. Burley, a learned scholar in Economic History who published widely in his field and was an active participant in University administration.

Economics Core Course Awards

Awarded to two students in their graduating year as follows:

  • one for the highest average in Economics 2220a, 2221b, 2222a, 2223b, 2260a, and 2261b, and who is graduating with an Honors BA degree with an Honors Specialization in Economics or a double Major which includes Economics; and
  • one for the highest average in Economics 2122a, 2123b, 2150a/b, 2151a/b, 2152a/b, and 153a/b, and who is graduating with a 4-year degree with a Specialization in Economics.

These awards are made possible by donations from Western alumni to The Economics Fund held at Foundation Western.

S.F. Glass Gold Medal

  • Awarded to the top graduating student in the Honors Specialization Economics.

Gold Medal

  • Awarded to the top graduating student with the highest modular average in their module, based on a 5.0 course load in their final year, and a minimum cumulative average of 80%.

Benjamin Higgins' Prize in Development Economics

  • Awarded to the top student in Economics 324F/G or 325F/G provided that student has at least an 80%, book prize.

Mark K. Inman Senior Essay Prize

  • Awarded to the student(s) with the best essay in Economics 400E, book prize.

Undergraduate Student Awards (Years 2 - 4)

Alumni Essay Prizes in Economics

Thanks to Economics' Alumni and our Departmental Endowment Fund, we are able to award essay prizes valued at $500 each. The following criteria will be used to award the prizes:

  • Students can only win the prize once.
  • Two prizes may be awarded each year—one for a general student and one for an honors student. Economics 4400E is not eligible for this as it has its own paper prize.
  • Instructors will nominate students for the prize. The paper should be submitted to the Undergraduate Coordinator for consideration by the Essay Prize Committee, which will decide the winner. The deadline for submissions will be announced at the beginning of each term.
  • The Essay Prize Committee will consist of the Undergraduate Director, WUER Faculty Advisor and one other faculty member. The decision of the Committee is final and cannot be appealed.
  • Papers will be judged on content, originality, use of references, spelling and grammar.

The grade given to the paper will not influence the decision of the Essay Prize Committee as all comments by the original marker will be removed.

All winning essays will be submitted in the Spring to the Western Undergraduate Economics Review.

Hon. Edward Blake Scholarships

  • Awarded to the student in second year of an Honors bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in Economics or a double Major which includes Economics based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). Value: 1 @ $150.
  • Awarded to the student with the highest standing (minimum 80%) in third year of an Honors bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in Economics or in a double Major which includes Economics. Value: 1 at $150.

The scholarships were endowed by the late Major Hume Cronyn, KC, MP, in memory of his uncle, the Hon. Edward Blake, former Premier of Ontario and, later, member of the British House of Commons.

Dr. W. Glenn Campbell and Dr. Mark K. Inman Scholarships in Economics

  • Awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students with high academic standing continuing in or entering an Honors Specialization in Economics. One third-year recipient and one fourth-year recipient will be selected.

These scholarships were endowed by Dr. W. Glenn Campbell through Foundation Western in recognition of Dr. Inman's influence on Dr. Campbell's career.  Value: 2 at $2,000.

Harold Crabtree Foundation Awards in the Economics of Industrial Organization

  • Awarded to students in year 2 or higher of a Four-year Bachelor's degree, pursuing an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major offered through the Department of Economics, with an interest in the field of Industrial Organization.
    • Preference will be given to recipients who are also pursuing at least one course in Social Science with significant Canadian content. The recipients will be selected based on academic achievement (minimum 70% academic average) and demonstrated financial need.

Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be completed by September 30. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need and the Faculty of Social Science in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Economics will select the recipients. Value: 2 at $1,250.

Joel Fried Scholarship in Economics

  • Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering third or fourth year in an Honors Specialization or Major in Economics, based on high academic achievement in the previous year (minimum 80% average). The student must have completed at least 0.5 course in Monetary Economics or Financial Economics. The scholarship and awards committee in the Faculty of Social Science will select the recipient.

This scholarship was established through memorial donations received in memory of Joel Fried, a Professor Emeritus in Economics, and a bequest through Foundation Western by Christopher James Grimes (BA Honors Economics `55). Value: 1 at $1,400.

Godsoe Scholar Award

  • Awarded to undergraduate students in Year 2 of an Honors bachelor degree who are in an Honors Specialization in Economics or History, or a double Major which includes Economics and/or History, on the basis of academic achievement (minimum average of 80%). The scholarships will continue as long as the recipients meet the criteria for the award and maintain a full-time course load.

These scholarships were established by a generous donation from the Godsoe Family through Foundation Western. The Godsoe Family Continuing Scholarships will continue for all recipients selected in 2010-2011 who remain eligible. As of 2011-2012, no new Year 2 recipients or replacement recipients will be selected for these scholarships.

There is also the Godsoe Family Bursary: Awarded annually to a student registered in the Faculty of Social Science or the Faculty of Arts who has strong academic standing and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students who are taking courses in the Department of Economics, History or Philosophy and who are registered at main campus, but are taking one course at Huron University College. Value: 1 at $3,000.

Andrew Grant Scholarships for Second and Third Year

  • Awarded to a student in second year of an Honors bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in Economics or a double Major which includes Economics based on academic achievement (minimum 80%). Value: 1 @ $600.
  • Awarded to a student in third year of an Honors bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in Economics or a double Major which includes Economics based on academic achievement (minimum 80%). Value: 1 at $600.

Dr. Mark K. Inman Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student in any year of an Honors Specialization, Major or Specialization in Economics based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The recipient will be selected by the Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Science, in consultation with the Department of Economics. 

This scholarship was established by a generous donation from M. Elizabeth Dillon in honour of Dr. Mark K. Inman through Foundation Western.  Value: 1 at $1,000 annually.

Walter J. Koenig Scholarships

  • Awarded to two students entering third year of an Honors bachelor degree in either an Honors Specialization or a double Major which includes Economics.

Endowed by colleagues of Walter J. Koenig who died in an auto accident in March 1980. Value: 2 at $700.

Richard J. Kohn Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in any year of Economics, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The scholarship committee in the Faculty of Social Science will select the recipient. This scholarship was established by Foundation Western and the Alumni Association, with donations from Western alumni, in recognition of Mr. Richard J. Kohn's (BA'69) contributions as President of Foundation Western from 2012 to 2014. Value: 1 at $1,000 Effective: 2014-2015 to 2023-2024 academic years inclusive.

Grant and Peggy Reuber Merit Scholarship

  • One award will be made every other year to a fourth-year student who is pursuing an Honors Specialization in History or a double Major in History combined with Economics, Political Science, Mathematics or Statistics. Biennially, a second award will be made to a fourth-year student who is pursuing an Honors Specialization in Economics or a double Major in Economics combined with History, Political Science, Mathematics or Statistics. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 'A' average in the third year of their honors degree program and have demonstrated financial need.

Recipients will be selected on the basis of their potential as scholars and their promise for distinguished achievement after graduation as reflected by demonstrated leadership and other personal qualities. Students must apply for these scholarships. Applications can be accessed online through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by September 30. Final selection of the recipients will be made by the Chairs of the Departments of History and Economics, respectively, and the Dean of Social Science.

Established through the generosity of Grant and Peggy Reuber. Value: 1 at $5000 (History will be awarded during even years beginning 2009-2010, and Economics during odd years beginning 2010-2011).

Barry Connell Steers Scholarship

  • Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in his or her third or fourth year of an Honors Specialization or double Major in an Honors degree which includes Economics, History or Political Science, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% academic average). The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Social Science Scholarship Committee.

This scholarship was established in honor of her husband, Mr. Barry Connell Steers (BA '51, HBA '51, LLD '89), on the occasion of his 75th birthday, by Mrs. Martha Steers (BA '51), Mr. Con Steers (HBA '76), Ms. Sara Steers (HBA '81) and Mr. Gregory Steers through Foundation Western. Value: 1 at $1800.

David J. Stenason Scholarship

  • Awarded to a full-time student from Quebec or Ontario (with Preference given to Quebec residents) who are in any year of a Honors Specialization, Specialization, or Major in Economics at Western based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The recipient will be selected by the Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Science, in consultation with the Department of Economics.

This award was established by Mr. David J. Stenason (BA Economics '78) through Foundation Western.  Value:  1 at $2,500.

Elizabeth Sullivan Award in Economics

  • Awarded annually to full-time students entering their third or fourth year in Economics (Major or Honors Specialization) with a minimum 70% average and demonstrated financial need.
    • Preference will be given to graduates of a public high school from the City of Windsor or Essex County.

Online financial need assessment applications are available through the Office of the Registrar's Web site and must be submitted by September 30. The scholarship and awards committee within the Faculty of Social Science will select the recipients after the Office of the Registrar assesses financial need.

These awards were established by a bequest from Mrs. Elizabeth C. Sullivan (BA'46) with Foundation Western.  Value: 2 at $1,250.

James G. Wetmore Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in Year 3 or 4 of an Honors Specialization or double Major in an Honors degree in Economics, in the Faculty of Social Science, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship/Awards Committee in the Faculty of Social Science each fall. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Mr. James Wetmore (BA '06, Economics). Value: 1 at $1,500. Effective: 2015-2016 to 2019-2020 academic years inclusive.