Named for the founder of our club and AEC's first president, the Atlanta Economics Club presents the Joseph K. Heyman scholarship to an outstanding student in economics. This scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at a metropolitan Atlanta college or university. We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Scholarship!

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2014–2015 Recipient

Jessica Mitchell
Jessica MitchellGeorgia State University
Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics

This year's winner is Jessica Mitchell, pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics. As a current junior of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Ms. Mitchell has woven herself into the fabric of university life as a co-captain of the Georgia State University's Pantherette Dance Team and Georgia State University's BCM (Baptist Christian Ministries). As a student in the Georgia State University Honors College, Jessica Mitchell currently holds a 3.62 GPA. Jessica chose the discipline of economics to study to implement financial change within lower class communities and begin programs to increase adolescent graduation rates as well as financial literacy amongst recently incarcerated juveniles.

"The AEC scholarship has personally helped me in more ways than one. Not only did it fund me to go on my last study abroad experience of college to South Africa to study Economic Development,  but it also gave me access to wonderful mentors.  AEC is more than a club of successful economists,  it's a place where I began to really define what an economist is and what I want my area of focus to be in the long run. Not to mention,  through this club and because of the scholarship,  I not only walked away with a funding to go abroad,  but I recieved the best advice from the brightest economists in Metro Atlanta, who I now consider to be wonderful friends.  And through our ongoing relationship, other opportunities have opened up for me that I know would never happened had it not been for AEC.”

Jessica Mitchell

2013–2014 Recipient

Last year's winner was Runjing Lu, a senior double majoring in Economics and Mathematics at Emory University. She has been very active in research while at Emory. She won the 2013 Undergraduate Data Palooza research competition for her analysis of US AIDS data and has presented another paper at the IJAS conference at Harvard. Last summer she also worked as an trading intern in the global market department at HBSC Shanghai Headquarters in China. Runjing has a 4.0 GPA and is a student in Emory's Honor's Program. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in finance or financial economics after she graduates this spring.

Runner-up for the scholarship was Denzel Caldwell, a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in African American studies at Morehouse College. Denzel has a strong interest in economics research. Last summer Denzel worked as an intern with the University of Michigan's Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research where he had the opportunity to do independent research and develop his data processing skills. In 2013 he began working on a research project with one of his professors at Morehouse. Denzel has a 3.46 GPA and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics after he graduates this spring.