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Sue Owens, Executive Director

August 28, 2013

For Release to Statewide Media
For Immediate Release

Economics Arkansas provides financial assistance to teachers

LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas educators are encouraged to apply for financial aid available from Economics Arkansas before the deadlines in mid-September. Applications for the Donna K. Wright Stock Market Game Scholarship for student team fees must be submitted no later than Sept. 13; applications for Teacher Grants to fund classroom economics projects, no later than Sept. 20.

The Donna K. Wright SMG Scholarship allows teachers in grades 4-12 to apply for student team fees to participate in the Stock Market Game program. Applicants should provide a strategy for incorporating the SMG into the classroom curriculum and agree to pre- and post-test their students and to complete a teacher survey. The SMG program is an investment simulation program for students to invest a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio in the securities market over a 10-week period during the fall and/or spring semester. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit of the application, other school resources and student impact.

The Teacher Grants of up to $750 each are designed to support economics and personal finance units and activities in the classroom. Eligible expenses include project-related student materials, teacher supplies, guides and publications, books, charts, DVDs and student field trips. At the end of the school year, teacher grant recipients attend an “Economics Exchange” meeting in Little Rock to share their projects and discuss the implementation of their grant-funded activities in the classroom.

Applications for both scholarships and grants are available online at

“Supporting economic educators with financial resources such as scholarships and grants to help pay for participation in the Stock Market Game and classroom projects is one way we are working to raise economic literacy across the state,” said Sue Owens, executive director of Economics Arkansas.

Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to promote economic literacy and the economic-way of thinking to PreK-12 students in Arkansas by empowering educators to teach the fourth “r,” real life economics.

Real life economics teaches students:

• To invest in their human capital, opening opportunities to the American Dream.
• Decision-making skills and the costs associated with each decision.
• Financial skills to better manage their resources in the future.
• About the global market and their future roles as producers and consumers.


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