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William M. Bluestein Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the late alumnus William M. Bluestein '78 to provide awards to undergraduate students with demonstrated interest in economics, technology or public policy.  Bill also earned his MA and PhD in economics from UMass Amherst. At the time of his unexpected death in 2001, he was president and chief operating officer of Forrester Research, Inc. Known for his intelligence, humor, professional achievement and love of family, Bill was a tremendous advocate for UMass Amherst. He was the first in his family to attend college, which inspired his interest in working with and directly assisting students.

Eligibility: This award is open to students with majors in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.Students must have a demonstrated academic and/or career interest in economics, technology or public policy. Preference will be given to students who are first in their families to attend college who have demonstrated financial need, particularly those from middle-income families who qualify for financial aid, but not for free sources of funding.

Selection: One award of up to $2,000 will be made. Based on the completion of the application a College of Social and Behavioral Sciences committee chooses a recipient in the spring semester.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The recipients of this award will be expected to:

  • Write a thank you letter to the donor of this scholarship
  • Attend the scholarship reception on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Contact: Susan McDonough , Associate Director of External Affairs for Donor Relations

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

235 Draper Hall

40 Campus Center Way

Amherst, MA 01003-9244


Phone: 413.577-1202

Fax: 413.577.0905