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McCuen Scholarship

The McCuen scholarship recognizes and rewards academic excellence of economics majors and pre-majors. These awards are made on behalf of the entire Department of Economics and range between $3,000 and $20,000. Awards may be renewed up to three times (for four years total), conditional on successful application each year.

Eligibility: Awards are based on students’ academic qualifications and a short essay. To be eligible to receive an award, you must be either an economics major or pre-major, have at least a 3.4 high-school GPA and have a FSFA application on file by April 1. Current SDSU students and transfer students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 overall and in the major.

Please visit the SDSU Scholarship website ( to apply.

The deadline to submit completed applications for the 2014-15 school year is March 14, 2014.

MoneyWise Teen Student Video Competition

Win up to $2,500 ($500 per team member + teacher) by participating in the MoneyWise Teen Student Video competition!  

Register Now!

Why participate in the MoneyWise Teen Student Video competition?:

  • Make your lessons in personal finance and economics come alive.
  • Bring additional resources into your classroom at no money cost to you or your students.
  • Help your students demonstrate their knowledge of basic principles of personal finance and economics with the help of professional volunteer mentors.
  • Achieve statewide recognition for your school.
  • Compete for cash team prizes for you and your students.

Students Can Choose from the Following Topics:

  • Managing Scarcity
  • Choice and Opportunity Cost
  • Human Capital
  • Compound Interest
  • Price Determination
  • Benefit/Cost Analysis
  • Marginal Thinking 

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FREE Interactive Online Games from CEE

Technology can be one of the best tools at a teacher’s disposal and the Council for Economic Education (CEE) can help with Gen i Revolution—a FREE suite of interactive online games!

Free Online Personal Finance Game

Gen i Revolution, developed for high school students, provides your students the chance to learn important personal finance skills in an engaging way. Students are challenged to complete a series of 15 missions, playing and competing against fellow classmates while going head-to-head with the “Murktide,” a network of double agents spreading false information about finance across the country.

Gen i Revolution is currently being used by teachers across every state in the U.S.

Thanks to the generous support from H&R Block Dollars & Sense, two new mini games have been added for even more learning and fun!


Junior Achievement in local elementary schools

SDCEE board members recently participated in an effort to teach basic economic principles to students in several local elementary schools.


At Anza Elementary in El Cajon, SDCEE Treasurer and Helix High School Economics teachers, Giff Asimos shared his knowledge with eager students in Adrian Jankowski’s class.

Kimberly at ChaseMs. Plummer

Tony at ChaseMr. Zambelli

Several miles away, SDCEE Board Members Kimberly Plummer and Anthony Zambelli put forth a similar effort at Chase Elementary in El Cajon. Ms. Plummer taught in Dory Scott’s 4th grade class and Mr. Zambelli taught in Leslie Harris’ 3rd grade class at Chase Elementary.

The San Diego Council for Economics Education continues to demonstrate its dedication to furthering economics education in all grades and classes.

MA in Economics for Educators

The Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (MAEEE) program at the University of Delaware is specifically designed for educators who have demonstrated leadership potential. These educators are then equipped with both a solid foundation in economic theory and a set of strategies and methods for teaching economics, entrepreneurship and financial education. Graduates of the program are master teachers who provide economic leadership and act as agents of change in their own regions.

Click here to download the brochure to learn more about the program:

  • The purpose of the program
  • Who is eligible to enroll?
  • The six components of the program
  • Program costs
  • The application procedure


History Day 2013 Econ Winners

Congratulations to the SDCEE Economics Award winners for 2013:

1 – $250 Senior Exhibit Award goes to Soren Hansen and Olivia Ghosh from Francis Parker for their “Fall of the Berlin Wall” exhibit.

2 – $150 Junior Exhibit Award goes to Taylor Hicks from Oak Grove Middle School for her “Disney: Animation of the Century” exhibit.

3 – $50 2-D Display Award goes to Janani Sundarram from Vista Grande Elementary School for her “The Gold Rush: A Turning Point in U.S. History” poster.

8 Sundance Movies for Econ Geeks

From CNN Money

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah tomorrow, and for all the business or econ-minded cinephiles out there, this year’s lineup is quite the treat. Films touch on topics ranging from income inequality and the Occupy Wall Street movement, to social struggle in China and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s standoff with unions.

  1. Jobs
  2. Inequality for All
  3. 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film
  4. The East
  5. American Promise
  6. Citizen Koch
  7. Fallen City
  8. Fire in Blood

Click here to read the article.

2011 History Day – Senior Exhibit Winner

Emily Bohl

Senior Exhibit

11th Grade

Francis Parker High School

C. Redelings

Between the Rock and a Hard Place: the American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz

Project Economic Connections:

When Alcatraz lost its title as a high-security prison stranded in the San Francisco Bay, the US government found it very hard to use the excess land effectively for government purposes.  Soon, the government was accepting proposals for what to do with “the Rock.”  One of the proposals for the island came from Lamar Hunt, a wealthy oil tycoon from Texas.  Hunt wanted to buy the island and create a development complete with a space monument for the West to rival the Statue of Liberty. The government began leaning towards Hunt’s proposal, recognizing his monetary ability to make the project happen and ignoring the Indian proposal to make Alcatraz an Indian cultural center, so the Indians had to take action, and in November 1969, they did.

2011 History Day – Junior Exhibit Winner

Pedro Gallardo, Mary Soren Hansen and Sarah Ogle

Junior Exhibit

8th Grade

Francis Parker Middle School

M. Ong-Dean

The Zimmerman Telegram; Diplomatic Note That Changed WW1

Project Economic Connections:

The Zimmerman Telegram pushed the United States into WW1. The United States spent approximately $33.5 billion on the war. Before the telegram was sent, the English Blockade prevented trade between the United States and any Central Powers. However, the blockade increased trade with the Allied Powers. Meanwhile, Germany was attacking American merchant ships and British merchant ships, such as the Lusitania. The war itself had a huge impact on the American economy. During the war, government agencies such as the Food Administration and the War Industries Board were created to cope with mobilizing the army and controlling the war economy, including rationing.

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