Cochrane Summer Economic Institute

IMG_0815The Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) is a Community Outreach program administered by Collegiate School and funded by the Powell Economic Education Foundation. The intensive four-week program open to all rising high school seniors from the greater Richmond area challenges students to apply learnings in economics and entrepreneurship while serving as consultants on an immersive group project team with a business or non-profit partner.


CSEI provides valuable skills necessary for a career in today’s commercial markets by exposing students to topics and projects in business disciplines including marketing, finance, product design, distribution, management, leadership, research and analytical competence. The program also focuses on developing skills essential for students to thrive in today’s world including collaboration, communication across difference, leadership development, independence, and public speaking

CSEI bears the name of Richmond area native J. Harwood Cochrane, who, with a single delivery truck, founded Overnite Transportation Co. in 1935 and built a trucking empire. His contributions to CSEI introduced the next generation of leaders to the fundamentals of economics and entrepreneurship.

2017 Participating Schools

  • Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology
  • Benedictine College Preparatory
  • Collegiate School
  • Culver Academy
  • Deep Run High School
  • Huguenot High School
  • Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
  • Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill High School
  • Matoaca High School
  • Mills E. Godwin High School
  • Richmond Community High School
  • St. Catherine’s School
  • St. Christopher’s School
  • The Steward School
  • Trinity Episcopal School