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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 $2,000 to one students from a selection of eligible students. Two additional awards of $2,000 will be granted in the years 2017-18 and 2018-2019.

To make donations to this fund, please go to https://www3.newpaltz.edu/gift/

Eligibility: 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 three 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. 

The link to Apply for Scholarships Online can be found on my.newpaltz.edu 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. 

Past recipients of the C.R. Seshu Scholarship are:

  • 2018-2019 Matthew Kreuz
  • 2018-2019 Beatrice Chesley
  • 2017-2018 Chelsea Hart
  • 2017-2018 Esra Atan
  • 2016-2017 Simon Li
  • 2016-2017 Fousseni Baba
  • 2015-2016 Kevin Castel
  • 2014-2015 Simon Li
  • 2014-2015 Nicholas Thorn
  • 2013-2013 Kevin Early
  • 2013-2014 Corby Ferlesch
  • 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