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.”