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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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Case Study News

2018 CSBS Case Study Competition to Focus on Financial Innovation  

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ (CSBS) announced today that its annual case study competition will focus on how community banks are approaching financial innovation.

Prize for Winning Announced

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.


  • November 20th, 2017 – To participate, faculty advisors must submit a Statement of Interest. Faculty advisors are not yet expected to have a full student team.
  • February 5th, 2018 – Deadline for student teams to be identified and fully registered to participate in the competition.
  • April 9th, 2018 – Final papers and videos are due 12:00 PM local time.

FAQ - Faculty Advisors

FAQ - Students

FAQ - Bank Partners

2017 Winners

The winners of this year's competition include the University of Akron, Iowa State University, and Texas Tech University.

The University of Akron - 1st Place

Aug 9, 2017

2017 Highlight Video

2017 Community Bank Case Study Highlight Video

Highlights from the five finalists in the 2017 competition.

Aug 9, 2017