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Applications for the 2019 Community Bank Case Study Competition will open on August 13, 2018.


Why Compete in the Case Study Competition?

Community banks are vital to the American economy – in fact, smaller and less complex banks are responsible for approximately 45% of small business loans in the United States, and upwards of three-fourths of agriculture lending. Community banks have a unique business model that bolsters economic growth in local economies, and has proven to be resilient through financial crises. 

Through study of a local community bank, students will engage in an experiential learning opportunity that will allow them to network with local banks, CSBS staff, and academics. Students will have an incredible opportunity to gain valuable, first-hand knowledge of the banking industry, and, if selected as winner, will be able to present their work in front of federal and state regulators, academics, and industry stakeholders at the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference.

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2018 Competition Winner 


Competition Information

Prizes for Top Three Teams

The First Place winner of the competition will:

  • Receive a $1,000 scholarship per student;
  • Be invited to present at the CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference; and
  • Be published in the CSBS Journal of Community Bank Case Studies.

Second and third place teams will also receive scholarships and have their works published in the journal.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

To participate as a student, the following are required: 

  • Participating students must be currently enrolled in a university or college as an undergraduate student;
  • Participating students must be able to provide proof of college or university registration; 
  • Students should have an interest in banking, economics, regulation, policy, finance, management, or a business-related field; however, students from other disciplines are eligible to participate. Majoring in banking or finance is not required.

For a team to participate, the following are required: 

  • Each team must have at least one faculty advisor from the same college or university;
  • Each team must have 3-5 student members;
  • No individual can serve on more than one team;
  • Student team members must register, and faculty advisors must submit secured community bank partner information and legal waivers. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.