James P. Houck Memorial Fund

James P. Houck

James P. Houck: A Friend of Economic Education

Professor James P. Houck was a distinguished economist and friend of economic education. He served as head of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics from 1990 to 1998. In this role, he provided leadership at a critical crossroads in the Minnesota Council’s history by providing an academic home within the Department of Applied Economics. Over his lifetime, Professor Houck received numerous professional honors and awards for his research, teaching, and administrative leadership.

After his passing in 2000, the James P. Memorial Houck foundation was established at MCEE in his memory. The purpose of the fund was to create scholarship opportunities for K-12 classroom teachers to support their pursuit of additional economics education. For a full list of past scholarship winners, see below.

The idea that economics should be taught by those who best understand it was an important one to James P. Houck and was crucial to MCEE’s placement in the Department of Applied Economics. MCEE continues to work to further Houck’s legacy in its programs for K-12 educators.

Give today to further Houck’s legacy. We also continue to further Houck’s legacy through our various scholarship and sponsorship opportunities.

Houck Scholarship – Past Recipients

2011 Recipients

EMILY ANDERSON, BLAINE HIGH SCHOOL, BLAINE

AMY CHILDERS, HASTINGS HIGH SCHOOL, HASTINGS

MICHAEL HARRIS, RICHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, RICHFIELD

NIKKI MCGARTHWAITE, WHITE BEAR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL, WHITE BEAR LAKE

JON MILLER, SHAKOPEE HIGH SCHOOL, SHAKOPEE

MARY JO MYERS, HASTINGS HIGH SCHOOL, HASTINGS

CHRISTOPHER PETERSON, RICHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, RICHFIELD

ADAM RUSHMEYER, MELROSE HIGH SCHOOL, MELROSE

JAMIE SHAW, CHAMPLIN PARK HIGH SCHOOL, CHAMPLIN

CRAIG SPREITER, TARTAN HIGH SCHOOL, OAKDALE

2008 Recipients

DOUGLAS BERGLAND, MINNEAPOLIS SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, MINNEAPOLIS

PAUL CZARNEZKI, MINNEAPOLIS HENRY HIGH SCHOOL, MINNEAPOLIS

MARCIE GREENWALDT, DELANO HIGH SCHOOL, DELANO

BO STEVENS, ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL, ST. FRANCIS

2007 Recipients

ANNIE ALLEN, WATERVILLE-ELYSIAN-MORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, WATERVILLE

CHRIS HYDE, MARANATHA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, BROOKLYN PARK

ANN SCHARFENBERG, NEW RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL, WISCONSIN

2006 Recipients

MARGARET ROBLES, APPLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, APPLE VALLEY

ERIC SERBUS, PRIOR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL, PRIOR LAKE

KATHRYN SHAUGHNESSY, BURNSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, BURNSVILLE

2005 Recipients

DOUGLAS BERGLUND, SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, MINNEAPOLIS

JAMIE GAU, CHAMPLIN PARK HIGH SCHOOL, ANOKA

ADAM ROWAN, KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL, BLOOMINGTON

EMILY WIDEN, BLAINE HIGH SCHOOL, ANOKA

2002 Recipient

MARY TACHENY, FRANKLIN MAGNET, ST. PAUL

2001 Recipient

KAY SOLON, THE BLAKE SCHOOL