Turner Family Establishes New Scholarship to Support Undergraduate Economics Students

Date: June 4, 2010
Location: College Park, MD

Dr. Mark D. Turner (Ph.D. ’96) and his wife, Tracye have established an endowed scholarship to support undergraduate economics students at the University of Maryland who have demonstrated service and leadership. Deserving students of this scholarship will be selected based on their commitment to improve society as a whole through the improvement of minority communities. The Turners’ dedication to the Department of Economics, as well as Dr. and Mrs. Turner’s affection for the University of Maryland community, inspired them to create this merit scholarship award.

Dr. Turner, who earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, provided the keynote address for the Department of Economics’ Spring 2010 Commencement. Dr. and Mrs. Turner own and operate Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal), a nonpartisan, public policy research firm. Optimal, which is located at M Square Research Park in College Park, Maryland, employs several UMD alumni and current students.