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Economic Forces in American History


Applications for summer 2021 will open December 15, 2020. Please check back here for sites, dates, and application forms.


Economic Forces in American History is an exciting cross-curricular program designed to incorporate history, economics, and leadership for motivated students.  University professors and mentor teachers provide in-depth, engaging lectures and fun, hands-on activities to provide economic explanations of pivotal events in American history.  Students will also learn about the ‘economic way of thinking’, or how to use economic reasoning in their own life experiences.  In addition, experienced leadership staff lead interactive sessions that are designed to encourage, motivate, and teach student participants about themselves and their role in the wider world.

EFIAH lessons allow students to ‘re-live’ history by taking an active role in the choices that individuals had to make during key historical events – rather than just reading or hearing about it. Economic Forces in American History is a “must-take” course for any student interested in learning more about the importance of American history, economics, and leadership, and is a complement to the Economics for Leaders (EFL) curriculum.

  • Unique opportunity to learn not only about economic history coursework, but also about initiative, independence, teamwork, and leadership
  • Approximately 30 students accepted per program
  • Sessions led by university-level economic historians, mentor teachers and experienced leadership staff

*Lodging, meals, tuition, and materials are included in the registration fee for EFIAH programs. All accommodations are shared rooms in on-campus housing.  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page (click on the link at the right) or contact lchang@fte.org for details.


Who Can Apply?

Students who are current sophomores or juniors in high school are eligible to attend an EFIAH program. Students who have already attended EFL are also encouraged to apply to EFIAH, as long as they have not yet started their senior year of high school.


Admission to EFIAH is competitive, with acceptances based on leadership potential, maturity, and vision.  Above all, EFIAH participants are intelligent and articulate students who will benefit from this unique educational experience.

Applications are considered, reviewed, and accepted on a rolling basis.  Space is limited at each site, so we encourage students to apply early to increase their chance of admittance to their preferred site.  Students who apply by the early decision deadline and are accepted will receive a $300 tuition discount and priority placement into the program of their choice.  About 30-40 students are accepted at each site.

Program Fee: $1,850


College Credit

Through a partnership with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, two semester hours of undergraduate credit are available to students attending the EFIAH program.  There is an additional fee of $244 for the credits, and students who opt to receive the credit must complete additional assignments.  Details and registration instructions on how to sign up for the credits will be provided in orientation information to accepted students.

Scholarships and Tuition Assistance

Scholarship funding is available for accepted students.  Please follow this link to learn more.

Parent Testimonials 

In 2016, we completed a survey of the parents of students attending EFIAH (formerly known as EHFL).  Click here to read their comments about FTE’s summer programs.

Program Goals

EFIAH aims to equip tomorrow’s leaders with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.

  • Give students the knowledge to understand the historical and economic concepts shaping the global economy
  • Foster students’ commitment to continued learning about economics, history, and leadership
  • Provide a fun-filled, active environment rich with new friendships that can last a lifetime
  • Help students discover their potential as they recognize and develop their own effective leadership skills