Undergraduate Awards

William M. Hill Jr. Award

Rising fourth-year (Current Third year) economics majors may apply for the Hill Award, a scholarship to be paid during the recipient's fourth year. Criteria for the award are "strong potential, significant contributions to the University community, a positive outlook on life, and a Jeffersonian intellectual curiosity." Transfer students may apply. If you are interested, please complete the application (link below) and email all application materials to econ-dus@virginia.edu by 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, March 4, 2024. 

2024 Hill Award Application

Duncan Clark Hyde Awards

The Duncan Clark Hyde Awards recognize exceptional academic performance in economics. The awards, which include monetary stipends, are made to fourth-year students each spring. The recipients are chosen by the Undergraduate Programs Committee.

Kenneth G. Elzinga Scholarship for Academic Excellence 

This award recognizes outstanding academic performance, both in economics courses and in general coursework. Recipients are chosen by the Undergraduate Programs Committee. This award has been made possible by a generous gift to the College from Albert W. Rice, IV (CLAS 1980) and Violaine A. Rice (Curry 1982).

Marshall Jevons Undergraduate Research Fund

The Marshall Jevons Fund was established to make awards of up to $1000 to undergraduate students at the University of Virginia to support research projects and academic travel in the field of economics. Typical uses of the funds include attending conferences, conducting interviews, and acquiring specialized data.

The Fund is named after Marshall Jevons, which is the pen name for William Breit (at one time a UVA economics professor) and Kenneth G. Elzinga (a current UVA economics professor). Together Breit and Elzinga have written Murder at the Margin, The Fatal Equilibrium, and A Deadly Indifference.  The fund was initiated by Michael Ross (Coll ‘70, Law ‘77) in recognition of Mr. Elzinga’s contributions to antitrust policy.

“The Marshall Jevons Fund provided me with great opportunities that helped me decide I wanted to become an economist. I used money from the fund twice. The first time, I combined money from the Marshall Jevons Fund with a Harrison Grant… The second grant funded my travel to attend an economics conference where I saw new and innovative research, met economics professors from other universities, and got to see how the economics profession functions.”

Mandy Pallais ’06, Professor of Economics, Harvard University


Current undergraduate students in any year of study who are enrolled in an economics course or who are engaged in research related to economics in a program outside the Department of Economics may apply.

How to apply

Students applying for Marshall Jevons funding must submit 2 documents:

  1. a one-page written proposal that describes the research project, identifies the course or program to which the research is related, explains the proposed use of funds, and contains a budget ($1000 is the maximum award);
  2. a completed Marshall Jevons Funding Request Form.

Should a student be approved for a Marshall Jevons award, the funds are not given in advance but rather administered as a reimbursement. Please see the Marshall Jevons Funding Request Form for submission instructions and more details.

“The Marshall Jevons Fund allowed me to procure a number of documentaries that present the personal actors, specifically litigants, in significant Supreme Court rulings. The series ‘Voices of American Law’ pays homage to the personal nature of Supreme Court litigation; such portrayals give texture to abstract questions of law. The Marshall Jevons grant enriched my understanding of the litigation process and the people behind the great cases of the recent past.”

Tyler Clarkson ’09, Echols Scholar Program, University of Virginia



Donations to the Marshall Jevons Fund are welcome and can be made through the University’s development office. Checks may be made out to the University of Virginia with “Marshall Jevons #12593” in the Memo line. Checks may then be mailed to:

A&S Development at UVA
c/o Melanie Price
PO Box 400801
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Questions about donations may be directed to Graham Lea by email or phone (434-924-3178).