Awards program

There is a local economic education awards program for all schools inside Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Just ask, and we’ll send you an information and entry packet.

(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!

Consider the advantages of entering:

        • 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: $1000 for the overall grand prize winner and $750 for the reserve grand prize winner plus three additional cash prizes in each of the four grade categories.

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 14, 2019.

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 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

Register to get an awards entry packet (Harrisonburg-Rockingham contest only)