The Eken-Schieber Scholarship Fund was recently established by her husband George Schieber to celebrate Sena Eken Schieber's life, and continue her legacy as a pioneering international civil servant and a role model for many women. Sena was not only a highly competent, hard-working, and successful professional, but also a wonderful wife, a caring and dedicated sister, aunt, family member, friend, and mentor. She was known as an inspirational leader who lived life to the fullest.
The Sena Eken Schieber Economics Award was founded on the belief that any motivaed woman in need should have the opportunity to further her education and achieve her full potential. By removing the financial burdens associated with attending graduate programs, the Award plays a vital role in increasing access to Graduate programs in Economics in the United States for many bright, yet underserved, young women from Turkey. Several awards are made annually, up to $25,000 each, to cover tuition and/or living expenses. If you want to learn more about the award, please click here.
Sena Eken Schieber was born in İstanbul in 1949. After graduating from Robert College in Turkey, she did her graduate studies in England and received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She married George Schieber in 1976. Sena had a long and distinguished career in the International Monetary Fund, during which she took a leave of absence to be an Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey in 1987. She has worked on IMF programs in numerous countries, many in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and at the time of her retirement was the highest-ranking Turkish national in the IMF. She is the author of numerous publications including the recently published DEIK study entitled "Turkey 2000-2010: A Decade of Transition." She has been described by her colleagues and friends as loving, caring, vibrant, sensitive, elegant, smart, conscientious, warm, and courageous; a role model for others; a pioneer for women in the IMF; and, a credit to her country. In addition to being an accomplished international and national civil servant, Sena was a talented photographer and actively pursued her interests in fitness, travel, art, fashion, Turkish politics, maintaining her Robert college connections, and socializing with friends.