Each year we honor a number of professionals in economics and personal finance education.
The Albert Beekhuis Award 2015 Recipient:
Professor, Stavros Endowed Chair and Director
College of Education, University of South Florida
The Albert Beekhuis Award was established by an endowment gift in 2002 from the Albert Beekhuis Foundation to the Council for Economic Education, to be given annually to an affiliated Center for Economic Education in the CEE Network for outstanding performance in working with teachers and exhibiting excellence in practice, delivery of high quality programs, and outreach to its community.
Since its inception thirty-five years ago, the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education has provided K-12 educators with exemplary professional development programs in the field of “economics education.” As a part of the USF College of Education, the Stavros Center offers educators opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills in areas such as financial literacy, economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship education and the moral foundations of capitalism.
Throughout its history, the USF Stavros Center has received numerous awards of distinction, including being the recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education on three separate occasions. The Stavros Center also is the recipient of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builder’s Excellence Award. In 2011, of the 69 BB&T “moral foundations of capitalism” programs in the U.S. granted to Colleges of Business, the Stavros Center is the only College of Education program to receive the award.
As it looks to the future, the USF Stavros Center is committed to maintaining a high level of accomplishment in the field of economics education as it provides K-12 educators with creative ideas and resources that engage and educate their students.
The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award 2015 Recipient:
Mr. Gus A. Stavros
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award, with a monetary gift of $1,000, made possible by a gift from Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation to the Council for Economic Education, recognizes an individual who have advanced public awareness of the importance of economic and financial education.
Calvin K. Kazanjian was a believer in supporting economics literacy programs. The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award named for William Forbes, an entrepreneur who helped catapult Mr. Kazanjian’s small confectionery company – Peter Paul Almond Joy – into an industry leader.
Mr. Gus A. Stavros is a true portrait in integrity, business accomplishment and philanthropy. His generosity can be seen in education, the arts, civic projects, and many other worthwhile endeavors. He has provided significant funding for the Stavros Center at the University of South Florida, the Stavros Center at Florida State University, the Florida Council on Economic Education, and numerous organizations.
John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards