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Verne G. Istock Economics Graduate Student Support Fund

Established in 2007 from a gift of Verne G.(AB ’62 econ; Bus Ad, MBA ’63) and Judy (Education ABED ’62) Istock, monies from this fund may be used to supplement other sources of support and will be awarded to students in the first year of the graduate program in the Department of Economics.


Jennipher Musa

Jennipher Musa was born and raised in Luanshya, Zambia. After completing high school at Ibenga Girls' Secondary School, she was awarded the Pestalozzi Scholarship to study for the International Baccalaureate in the United Kingdom. She later attended Smith College for her undergraduate studies where she double majored in Economics and Mathematics. While at Smith, Jennipher was part of the African Student Association and the Residence Life team. After graduation, Jennipher worked in New York as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs for two years and then at Marathon Asset Managment in investor relations. In 2020, Jennipher was awarde the Commonweatlh Masters' Scholarship to pursue an MSc in Eocnomics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. At the University of Michigan, she plans to explore her research interests in development economics and macroecnomics. In her free time, Jennipher enjoys going on long runs and managing her family's small-scale pig farm.

Willem Wilken

Willem holds a bachelors degree in economics and mathematical statistics, as well as a masters in economics, from the University of Stellenbosch. He recently completed an M.Phil in economics at the University of Oxford. His research interests are in labor and development economics with a particular focus on structural models.