Private support enhances our ability to develop and maintain a nationally-prominent School of Economics. Several of our top priorities are listed below - - they address: (1) strengthening our undergraduate program through student scholarships and rewarding excellence in teaching, (2) strengthening our doctoral program by enhancing our ability to attract top students, and (3) unrestricted support.
The William A. Schaffer Scholarship Endowment
Bill Schaffer started teaching economics at GT in 1963. He took a year’s leave to avoid conflict of interest when building an economic model for the state of Georgia, so 2014 year marks his 50th anniversary of teaching here. A hallmark of Bill’s commitment to Georgia Tech during this half-century is that he always has put his students first. To create a legacy that honors Bill and the many thousands of lives he has touched, this scholarship endowment provides enduring support for future generations of Georgia Tech students who major in economics. We seek additional contributions for this established endowment fund that will help us make the Georgia Tech experience more affordable for outstanding economics majors.
The Carl Biven, Jr. Professorship
The School of Economics is fortunate to claim two of the longest-serving faculty members in Georgia Tech history - - Bill Schaffer and Carl Biven, Jr. Carl, who taught at Tech for 44 years, was an icon who was much-loved by his students. This professorship would honor Carl Biven’s devotion to teaching by enabling the School to attract and retain a faculty member who is a superb teacher and who encourages student development both inside and outside of the classroom.
A top-tier doctoral program is built around highly productive research faculty and highly capable and motivated students. Financial support in the form of doctoral fellowships permits us to attract high-quality students to our program. These funds are used to provide stipend enhancements and support funds that enable students to attend academic conferences that help them begin to develop critical networks of scholars with shared research interests.
School of Economics Unrestricted Endowment
The School of Economics general endowment supports a wide variety of activities that promote excellence in teaching and research such as travel to professional development conferences by faculty and staff, hosting short-term visiting scholars, and supporting our research lecture series. In addition, this endowment gives the School critical financial flexibility to proactively address new challenges and opportunities.
For additional information about these and other giving opportunities, please contact David Laband, School of Economics Chair.