Robert L. and Amelia Louise Rivers Scholarship

The Robert L. and Amelia Louise Rivers Scholarship is a monetary scholarship awarded to up to two undergraduate Economics majors on the basis of merit. This scholarship was established in 2005 by a gift from Amelia Louise Rivers as a memorial for her husband, Robert L. Rivers, who died at the age of 83 in November, 2003. Robert Rivers received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois in 1947 and 1957, respectively. He retired as the UPS Professor of Transportation at North Carolina A & T State University.

Please read eligibility for this scholarship before you apply

Eligibility: The student must be a declared Economics major; have completed at least 60 hours of coursework, including at least 18 hours of economics, attained a minimum 3.0/4.0 grade point average in all UIUC economics/statistics courses, and attained a minimum 3.0/4.0 grade point average overall.

Application: Submit the online scholarship application, a résumé/CV, and a brief essay (250-500 words) addressing the question, “What distinguishes you as a student of economics?” Discuss why you find the subject of economics particularly compelling and the steps that you have taken beyond your classes to further your studies.


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Past Recipients
2023 Clayton Haase & Jiayi Pan
2022 Jordan Brown & Matheus Pradnyatama
2021 Jack Haefer & Xiaorui Wang
2020 Lexi Chen & Kyra Sadovi
2019 John Compton & Daniel Stumpf
2018 Max Rainer & Kyebum Jeon
2017 Huiyi Chen & Collin Schumock
2016 Yitian Tang & Yao Xiao
2015 Aishwarya Gautam & Robert Moss
2014 Megan Lindgren & Douglas Lavey