SAN ANTONIO – The University of the Incarnate Word H-E-B School of Business and Administration and Jefferson Bank have teamed up for a second year to offer the Jefferson Bank Challenge.  Thirteen high school students enrolled in this FREE course thanks to the generosity of Jefferson State Bank. The students participating in the Challenge received their certificates of completion on Friday, June 17. John LaField, executive vice president – lending at Jefferson Bank, and Dr. Jeannie Scott, associate dean of HEBSBA, presented the students with their certificates.

Under the instruction of finance professors Dr. Tim Griesdorn and Dr. Jose Moreno, the students learned about financial literacy and planning and grew their understanding of the stock market. With the instruction portion of the challenge behind them, the students will now be given a simulated portfolio mirroring the U.S. stock market with $250,000 in virtual dollars. They will research companies and buy and sell stocks in a competition to see who can increase the starting portfolio the most.

The challenge lasts approximately 20 weeks offering students the experience of the natural ups and downs associated with the stock market. After this period, the winner will receive $500 and have their name engraved on a plaque displayed in UIW’s Financial Resource Center.

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Photo Caption:  (Pictured L-R) John LaField, executive vice president – lending at Jefferson Bank, Dr. Jose Moreno, UIW finance professor and Dr. Jeannie Scott, associate dean of HEBSBA pose with students participating in 2016 Jefferson Bank Challenge.

CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director communications and marketing, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu