Avinger Scholars meet with students
Current Avinger Scholar Program recipients share smiles while sitting down with Dr. Robert and Mrs. Jane Avinger.

Purpose of Award

Established in honor of Robert L. Avinger, Jr., a member of the Davidson Class of 1960 and professor of Economics from 1967-1980, the Avinger Scholarship will identify and recognize one or two current first years, sophomores, or juniors who show the vision, qualities, and passions of an innovator, giving evidence of creativity, energy, and initiative that will lead to success in future endeavors.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants must give evidence of their commitment to their proposed idea, issue, project, or venture. They must work hard, think critically, take smart risks, and learn from failure.

Award Details

Avinger Scholars receive funding up to $5,000 to assist in accelerating their proposed idea. Examples of funding disbursements include but are not limited to: seed funding, tuition assistance in an accredited incubator program, business travel for idea development, and more! Last year, Avinger Scholar recipients included Charlie Goldberg ‘19, who runs his own clothing company, Get It Poppin, LLC; and Houston Downes ‘18, who won for Krouded, an app that crowdsources restaurant wait times.

Selection Process

Finalists are chosen on the strength of their submitted applications and will be interviewed on October 19, 2017 by a committee including members of the Avinger Scholars Advisory Team and Davidson faculty and/or staff members designated by the Director of Merit Programs.

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Charlie Goldberg ’19, who founded the “Get It Poppin” line of clothing, is one of two student entrepreneurs to win an Avinger Scholars Program in 2016.

Robert Avinger (r) with 2012 Avinger Scholar recipients Tori Mayernick (’14) and Jared Blakney (’14).