Foundation for Teaching Economics

Ted Tucker
260 Russell Blvd
Suite B
Davis, CA 95616-3839

FTE recognizes the challenges families face because of COVID-19 and has extended application deadline to April 15, 2020.

FTE programs are more than economics programs: participants turn off their devices and learn the soft skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Economics for Leaders (EFL), Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy, and Economic History for Leaders (EHFL) are selective academic summer pre-college programs.  Programs attract talented and motivated high school students who want to accelerate their academic pursuits, develop their leadership skills, and connect with peers and professors who share their interests.  Over 12,000 students have participated in these specialized programs since their inception in 1991 and are part of the Foundation for Teaching Economics, non-profit organization committed to teaching students the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Economics for Leaders (EFL)

In its 29th year, EFL teaches rising juniors and seniors to integrate economics into decision making. This selective program is offered on 17 different prestigious campuses nationwide and introduces participants to key economic concepts and leadership theory. The program premise:  Future leaders must understand economics.

Each program accepts 30 - 40 students.

Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy (EGE)

Offered on Yale University’s campus, EGE goes beyond what most pre-college entrepreneurship programs teach. Participants not only learn practical skills, like writing a business plan or pitching an idea, but also about the economic principles that make successful entrepreneurship possible.

This program is open to 40 high school rising juniors and seniors. 

Economic History for Leaders (EHFL)

EHFL is a cross-curricular program designed for students with a passion for history, civics, or economics. Designed with the understanding that leaders must appreciate history to make effective decisions, students learn to use the economic way of thinking to better understand pivotal events in American history.   

Held on two university campuses this summer, each accepting 30 - 40 rising juniors and seniors.  


With distinguished professors and leadership instructors, FTE pre-college programs provides high school students the unique opportunity to engage in college life and intensive studies at elite colleges and universities across the country.  Through hands-on learning, the programs focus on how to integrate economics and leadership in decision-making, and pave the way for future success in the college admissions process and beyond.

Graduates gain valuable opportunities to:

·         elevate their resume with distinctive experiences

·         practice leadership skills

·         receive advanced economics coursework

·         network for internships in Washington, D.C.

·         navigate dorm life

·         connect with future college friends

·         experience new situations that are invaluable for college application essay writing

·         enjoy a life-changing week on a college campus

Program tuition is $1800, which includes lodging, meals, and course materials. 

As a HECA affliliate, FTE offers HECA member clients a $300 tuition discount. Partial scholarships are also available for certain program locations. 


Kate Generelli

Student Program Manager


Economics for Leaders (EFL), Economic History for Leaders (EHFL), and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy (EGE) one week residential programs are being offered on the following university campuses in 2020:

June 15 - 21
Rice University - EFL
Yale University - EFL

June 22 - 28
Yale University - EFL
University of California, Berkeley - EFL

June 29 - July 5
University of Texas - EFL
University of California - EFL
William & Mary - EHFL
Yale - EGE

July 6 - 12
Wake Forest University - EFL
Southern Methodist University - EFL
Tufts University - EFL

July 13 - 19
Emory University - EFL
Washington University - EFL
University of Chicago - EFL

July 20 - 26
Brown University - EFL
Cornell University - EFL

July 27 - August 2
University of California, Santa Barbara - EFL
Brown University - EHFL

August 3 - 9
University of Michigan - EFL*

*The program offered at the University of Michigan requires students to have completed an economics course prior to attended.


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Foundation for Teaching Economics

With the situation regarding COVID-19 changing hourly, we have changed application requirements and deadlines for our summer programs.

1) The deadline to apply to all FTE programs has been extended to April 15, 2020.

2) With schools closing nationwide, we understand that obtaining letters of recommendation and transcripts will be challenging. Effective immediately, we are waiving the application requirement for a letter of recommendation and high school transcripts.