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Mary Phan Wins Scholarship Integrating the Arts and Economics

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Mary Phan Wins Scholarship Integrating the Arts and Economics

The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and Americans for the Arts jointly announced today that Mary Anne Phan has won the eighth annual NABE Foundation/Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award. Phan was presented with the scholarship on March 8 at the 2016 NABE Economic Policy Conference in Washington, DC.

 

Phan will receive the $5,000 scholarship to further the integration of the arts into the study and application of economics in her undergraduate career and professional development. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Art History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

“As an economics and art history double major, I am interested in the force of the art market on the economy and conversely, in economic motivations in art,” said Phan. “It is such an honor to receive the NABE Foundation/Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award and it will allow me to fund my study abroad at Lincoln College, Oxford University, next semester.”

 

“I am delighted that Mary Anne will have the opportunity to continue pursuing her passion for both the arts and economics with the help of this scholarship award,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “This award reflects the fundamental belief that the arts are a key component in helping to prepare students to succeed, and it’s a pleasure to partner with the NABE Foundation for the eighth year to recognize student achievement in both the arts and economics.”

 

“These award recipients are at the cutting edge of our profession; by operating at the intersection of economics and creativity, they see patterns in our behavior that others miss,” said Diane Swonk, founder of DS Economics and a NABE Foundation Board member.

 

Read the full press release here.

 

To learn more about Phan’s perspective on the intersection of economics and the arts, read her blog post on ARTSblog.

 

The NABE Foundation Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award was established in 2008 to encourage the integration of the arts into the economic education process. Recipients of the scholarship must come from economically disadvantaged households and have attended public school. Successful candidates demonstrate long-term participation in the study of, creation in and/or performance in one or more art forms, including dance, music, theater, literary, visual/media arts; excel academically; and have formally declared the intent to study economics for policy purposes, or in applications in the private and public sectors. The scholarship recipients are selected following a competitive review process which begins with a pre-screening of applicants by Americans for the Arts, followed by a review of finalists by a subcommittee, and ratification of recipients by the NABE Foundation Board.

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The Marriage of Arts, Economics, & Education

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The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and Americans for the Arts will present Paul Vancea with the the 2013 NABE Foundation Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award later today in Washington, DC.

 

The Scholarship Award was established in 2008 to encourage the integration of the arts into the economic education process. Recipients of the scholarship must come from economically disadvantaged households and have attended public school. Successful candidates demonstrate long-term participation in the study of, creation in and/or performance in one or more art forms, including dance, music, theatre, literary, visual/media arts; excel academically; and have formally declared the intent to study economics for policy purposes, or in applications in the private and public sectors.

 

The scholarship recipients are selected following a competitive review process which begins with a pre-screening of applicants by Americans for the Arts, followed by a review of finalists by a sub-committee, and ratification of recipients by the NABE Foundation Board.

 

Vancea is receiving a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to support the study and application of economics in his undergraduate studies and professional career. He is currently a junior at Brandeis University, majoring in Economics, Business, and Film. 

Upon graduation, he hopes to find a way to combine economics and finance with film, whether this means making videos promoting certain policies or socially conscious businesses, short economics educational tutorials, or a meaningful feature film depicting and encouraging new, more socially responsible business models.

 

Last year’s scholarship recipient, Amy Serrano, recently shared her thoughts on what the scholarship meant to her over the past year:

 

“First, I just want to thank the National Association of Business Economics and American for the Arts for providing this scholarship targeted at students just like me, students who merge the music and the arts portion with business and economics. It truly was the highlight of my life last year. It was a model and award that I was beyond blessed to have been selected and given.

 

Since receiving the scholarship, many lives have been changed and will be affected well into the future. The direct support of the award helped me finance my MBA degree at Point Loma Nazarene University. Through the MBA program, I have been learning applicable strategies and principles of economics and business. Right away, I have been able to apply these conceptual economic models to plans for my startup music business.

 

The music studio that I started several years ago has now blossomed into a live performance business. We provide live music, musicians, DJs, and bands for weddings, private events, and parties. As I near my MBA degree, I have been applying all the information I learned to my once small startup. It has grown tremendously, and we are looking forward to all of the expansion and change underway. The plan is to grow a bilingual music conservatory where we can provide music lessons, performing opportunities for musicians, and a recording studio for growing artists.

 

Looking into the future, the scholarship will continue to reap rewards from its investment into the MBA program. I am also partnering with my fiancé in another startup company. Sustainable Organic Foods is a food production system involved with aquaponics and hydroponics. It’s an innovative business in which they raise fish, leafy greens, and sell to local businesses. Through this innovative model we plan to train people and send them to developing countries to teach how to run their own economic systems of fresh water, fish, and greens.

 

It is because of the support of American of the Arts and NABE that I have been able to almost complete my MBA degree and apply the knowledge to those in my community and around the world.

 

From here on out, I will have the opportunity to share their work and be an ambassador anywhere I go—letting everybody know, especially those looking to pursue economics, business and the arts, about this great blessing to have been awarded the scholarship, and that its possible for them as well!”

 

We are very proud of Paul, Amy, and the previous scholarship winners and we hope to continue this important collaboration with The NABE Foundation for the forseeable future.

 

*This article was originally posted on ARTSblog.

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Arts + Economics = Success

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Arts + Economics = Success

The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) is awarding its fifth annual Americans for the Arts scholarship to encourage the integration of the Arts into the economic education process. We believe that good economic strategy is inherently dependent on our ability to come up with out-of-the box solutions to the challenges that we now face. Our hope is that we enable those with the gift of creative problem solving to further the profession of economics through their unique understanding of the world.

 

The NABE Foundation Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award was established in 2008 to encourage the integration of the arts into the economic education process. Recipients of the $5,000 scholarship must come from economically disadvantaged households and have attended public school. Successful candidates demonstrate long-term participation in the study of, creation in and/or performance in one or more art forms, including dance, music, theatre, literary, visual/media arts; excel academically; and have formally declared the intent to study economics for policy purposes, or in applications in the private and public sectors.

 

The scholarship is open to both recent high school graduates and current college undergraduates who are majoring in economics and/or the arts. Students who have not graduated high school and matriculated into an undergraduate program, or those who are in graduate school or Ph.D. candidates are not eligible. The deadline for applications is October 19, 2012.

 

For more information and to apply, click here.

 

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Combining Economics and Arts

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“The reality of life in the 21st century is that the skills associated with artistic practices—creative thinking, self-discipline, collaboration and innovation—are vital to succeeding in a rapidly changing global economy,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. To recognize this, Americans for the Arts and the NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) presented Amy Serrano with the 2011 NABE Foundation Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award.

 

Lynch continued, “It’s a pleasure to partner with the NABE Foundation for the third year to recognize student achievement in both the arts and economics. These awards reflect a fundamental belief that the arts are a key component in helping to prepare students to exceed, and indeed thrive, in the workplace and society of the future.” 

 

A native of Peru, Amy comes from a musical family.  According to Amy, “I strongly feel and understand that it is my responsibility and duty to offer even half the opportunity that I received here in America to explore, learn and create music so that I can pass it on to others around my community and the world.” As part of a master’s program in Business Administration at Point Loma Nazarene University, Amy plans to combine her Finance and Economics education with her passion for music to create the first Bilingual Music Academy for inner city children.

 

Established in 2008, this is the third year for the award which was created to encourage the integration of the arts and economics. "Awarding the NABE-AFTA scholarship has not only proven an important investment in maintaining the out-of-the box creative thinking we need at a critical time in our economic history, but it has brought people into higher levels of education who might not have had access otherwise. Our applicants must not only demonstrate excellence but need as well, something that provides returns not only to the NABE Foundation, but society as a whole," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial and a NABE Foundation Board member. "This is one of a myriad of ways that the NABE Foundation is both enhancing the credibility and quality of economic analysis. It's about investing in human capital, plain and simple."

 

To hear from the 2010 scholarship winner, Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, check ARTSblog.

 

Read more about the NABE-AFTA scholarship.

 

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