All schools inside Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are eligible for the local economic education awards program.

For more information, fill out the request form, and we’ll send you an information and entry packet.

Note: Virginia teachers from outside Harrisonburg-Rockingham are not eligible for our local competition, but may be eligible for state competition. Here is the state entry information.

Local and state competition can help you be a winner!

Advantages of Winning
  • There are 14 cash prizes at our local level.
  • Lesson plan competition requires only short and easy to assemble entries.
  • Your unit, lesson plan, or performance assessment is automatically entered into state competition; you need not win locally to go on to state.
Local Unit and Lesson Award Program
  • Recognizes teachers on four local levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) for creating and implementing innovative projects that increase economic understanding.
  • Requires only short entries of 12 pages or fewer, with 10 pages maximum for supplements (guidelines outline what goes on each page).
  • Offers local cash prizes:
    • Overall Grand Prize Winner: $1000
    • Reserve Grand Prize: $750
    • Plus three additional cash prizes in each of the four grade categories:
      • First Place $500
      • Second Plage: $300
      • Third Place: $200
Steps in Qualifying
  • Check out all entry information
  • Teach an economics lesson or unit during the current school year
  • To make your entry better, hang on to everything – lesson plans, student work, photographs
  • Print and submit entry to the JMU Center for Economic Education by June 17, 2020.
State Awards Program

The state awards program offers three different award contests plus Title I mini-grant competitions:

  1. Outstanding Economics or Personal Finance Lesson,  Unit or Performance Assessment
    A single overall category for K-12 entries, with three prizes: $1000, $500 and $250.
  2. VCEE Institute Graduate competition
    Open to any educator who has completed a VCEE Economics or Personal Finance institute in the last three years; specific requirements apply; there is a single $1000 prize.
  3. Virginia’s Outstanding Economic Educator
    A single $1000 prize statewide for an educator with a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic and financial education.
  4. Title I Mini-Grants
    For Title I schools, a two-stage program starting with mini-grants of up to $250.

For more on all state programs, visit the VCCE website. Competition is conducted by the Virginia Council on Economic Education, with sponsorship from the Virginia Credit Union and Virginia Housing Development Authority.

  • Observe the guidelines – excessively lengthy entries not accepted
  • JMU’s Center for Economic Education is ready to help with one-on-one consultations. Contact John Kruggel at (540) 568-3248 or

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