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

Email: scholarships@sbs.umass.edu

Personal Information
If you transferred into UMass this semester, please enter 0.00 in GPA and attach your transfer transcript below.
If you are graduating in Spring 2016 you are NOT eligible to apply for this award.
If you checked "yes," please be sure to upload a copy of your current financial aid award below.
Statement and Essay
Please write a brief statement (no more than 250 words) of financial need which describes any important or extenuating financial circumstances related to your need for this scholarship.
Please provide an essay (no more than 300 words) that addresses the following: What are your academic interests and how do they relate to economics, technology, and/or public policy?What are your career/professional interests and do you have any interest in seeking an advanced degree? Feel free to tell us anything more that might relate to the donor’s stated interests in supporting a student who is first in their immediate family to attend college and has financial need. Note: Before you enter your text into the online form, you may wish to write the essay separately and then paste it into the space provided.
File Uploads
Please list your academic achievements, student activities and employment in .pdf, .jpg or Word format.
If applicable, evidence of your current financial aid package from UMass Amherst (you should be able to log on to SPIRE and copy and paste this information into a Word document). Be sure to click the "Upload" button once you've located your file so that your application will be complete.
If you transferred into UMass this semester, please upload an unofficial copy of your transcript from your most recent institution (in .pdf, .jpg or Word format).
By completing this application I declare that the information included is true and complete. If I am selected as a recipient of this award, I give my permission to share select information with the donor of the scholarship.