Dear Friends, Alumni, Colleagues, Students:
Department of Economics invites you to donate to the first fundraiser for STEM Scholarships for students in our three brand new STEM designated undergraduate and graduate programs. The fundraiser provides financial support as well as prestige to two students every year. These scholarships will be merit-based and will be awarded to students with the highest GPA.
There has been a national push to increase the number of graduates in STEM fields due to their focus on mathematical tools, analytical analysis. It is no surprise that students with STEM degrees on average earn more, and find jobs faster compared to students from non-STEM degrees (Marshall and Underwood, 2020). Department of Economics is proud of being at the forefront and home to three STEM degrees in College of Arts and Sciences in the area of social sciences. The department has recently received the approval of Master of Science in Applied Econometrics as well as introduce Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics in Fall 2020. Furthermore, the department developed one of a kind Combined Bachelor and Master of Science in Quantitative Economics in which students can obtain both of these STEM degrees in 5 years.
Although the department has three endowed scholarships thanks to generous donors, none of these scholarships directly support our students in our new STEM degrees. In order to give incentives for students looking for a STEM degree, provide financial support, and allow students to benefit from the prestige of a merit based scholarship, the Department of Economics decided to launch this fundraiser.
The department is setting an initial goal of $10,000 for this scholarship with an ultimate goal of $20,000 that will be sufficient to establish an endowed scholarship that has sufficient funds to provide financial support to the best and the brightest students in our department. As the department of head of Economics, I urge you to consider donating to this meaningful fundraiser that will directly impact our students as well as indirectly shape the future of generations in STEM fields.
It is NOW time to give back! I would like to thank you for your careful consideration of our fundraiser.
Mehmet E. Yaya, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head (I)
Department of Economics
Eastern Michigan University