The Economics Department provides awards and grants to students to recognize achievement in an area of study and to support formal study, fieldwork, and service. Below are examples of the awards and grants awarded to economics students.
The Ernest Finney Patterson Awards recognize and honor the life of Ernest Finney Patterson, beloved professor of economics at Davidson College (1957-1979) and social activist. The Economics Department will grant up to a total of $1,200 a year to subsidize formal study, research, fieldwork, or community service by currently enrolled students at Davidson College. Project criteria includes work that promotes improving society and bettering the human condition consistent with the personal ideals of Professor Patterson. The winner(s) of the grant will also receive a copy of Professor Patterson's book of poetry, Poems for the People.
The A.K. Phifer Award is awarded to the top junior economics major. The Phifer Award is awarded in the spring semester at the Convocation ceremony.
Administered by the Dean Rusk International Studies Program and given in honor of Charles E. Ratliff, Jr., professor emeritus of economics, this fund supports students conducting economic research in developing countries.