Professor Robert M. Leekley Memorial Giving Circle Scholarship
This Giving Circle scholarship honors the contributions of Professor Leekley during
his 44-year career at Illinois Wesleyan University. The scholarship will be awarded
annually to an outstanding junior or senior economics major.
Professor Leekley’s passion was always teaching both inside and outside of the classroom.
He loved mentoring student research, supervising 30 honors projects, and devoted a
remarkable amount of time teaching and working with students one-on-one in his office
to help them master economics, statistics, and econometrics.
Not satisfied with existing statistics textbooks, he published his own. In addition
to his invaluable time commitment, he bequeathed over $3 million to IWU to endow student
scholarships. And thus his legacy will continue through many more generations of students.
For these reasons and many more, the economics faculty believe that this scholarship
is a fitting way for Professor Leekley’s colleagues, friends, and students to honor
his contributions to Illinois Wesleyan University.