C. R. Seshu Economics Scholarship

Professor Chigurupati Rama Seshu taught Economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz from 1967 to 2002. After receiving his undergraduate education in India, he came to New York City to work at the Indian Consulate and to pursue a doctoral degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research. As a professor at New Paltz, his classes focused on Development Economics, Comparative Economic Systems, and International Economics. Professor Seshu was particularly concerned with challenges faced by developing economies, emphasized in his dissertation work on the balance of payments in Asian and South American countries.

The C.R. Seshu Scholarship awards one student $2,000-$2,500 for the Academic Year 2021-22.  Awardees will receive two equal payments toward their New Paltz tuition (tax free).

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The amount of the awards depends on the annual return on the Endowed Fund for the scholarship.  Hence, generally that varies year to year. Once the College Foundation informs the Economics Department of the available amount, the number of awards and the amount for each will be decided by the Economics Scholarship Committee for the round under consideration.

The total amount of an award is distributed equally over two semesters, payable towards New Paltz tuition. Candidates must be full time and need to take five Economics courses during the two semesters receiving the award. Candidates with full time status who have one more semester to complete their degree requirements, will receive the award for one semester only.

The Committee has streamlined the process to enable students to apply with ease.   


The award is disbursed on the basis of merit as determined by the Economics Department Faculty. Candidates for the award must be declared Economics majors at SUNY-New Paltz, with junior or senior standing and a GPA of 3.2 or higher. They must also submit two supportive letters of recommendation letters from the Economics Faculty. Recipients must maintain their minimum grade point average of 3.2 during the two semesters for which they receive the scholarship, and take a minimum of five upper division economics courses during that period. Applicants are only eligible to receive one Seshu Scholarship.


The link to Apply for Scholarships Online can be found on on the Students tab under Money.  Start by completing the General Application then click the Opportunities tab to view the list of scholarships and select the Seshu Scholarship. Be sure to start your application as soon as possible to allow ample time for your professors to submit their recommendations by the deadline. The deadline is announced in April and the announcement of the award is projected to be in early May. 

Please let Prof. Mozayeni, Chair of the Scholarship Committee know if you have any questions. Her email is  

Past recipients of the C.R. Seshu Scholarship:

  • 2022-2023 Roberto Urena
  • 2021-2022 Melaina Ness
  • 2021-2022 Ryan Montalto
  • 2020-2021 Joshua Muzumala
  • 2019-2020 Matthew Kreuz
  • 2019-2020 Beatrice Chesley
  • 2018-2019 Chelsea Hart
  • 2018-2019 Esra Atan
  • 2017-2018 Yuvuz Alpehlivan
  • 2017-2018 Fousseni Baba
  • 2017-2018 Kevin Estrada
  • 2016-2017 Kevin Castel
  • 2015-2016 Simon Li
  • 2015-2016 Nicholas Thom
  • 2014-2015 Emily Vanderpool
  • 2013-2014 Corby Ferlesch
  • 2013-2014 Kevin Early
  • 2012-2013 Jacob Meglio
  • 2012-2013 Alexander Penney
  • 2011-2012 Juliana Roding
  • 2009-2010 Sandra Davis
  • 2008-2009 Esmeralda Barreiro
  • 2007-2008 Chase Evans
  • 2006-2007 Yuyi Chen
  • 2006-2007 Rana Quadri
  • 2006-2007 Lindsay Weintraub
  • 2005-2006 Robert C. King
  • 2005-2006 Evan Browning
  • 2005-2006 Jonathan Mann
  • 2005-2006 Ryan Willemsen
  • 2004-2005 Andrea Restripo