University of Tennessee at Martin Students Win CSBS Community Bank CompetitionThe Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) today named University of Tennessee at Martin students as winners of the 2021 Community Bank Case Study Competition.
The annual competition is open to undergraduate students in all fields of study as an opportunity to gain valuable first-hand knowledge of the banking industry. This year’s case studies examined how local community banks navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and what they are doing to encourage greater diversity and inclusion.
The winning University of Tennessee at Martin team members are Benjamin Beard, Seth Bishop, Refugio Palacios, Savannah Pham and McKenzie Reagor. John Clark served as the faculty advisor and TriStar Bank, based in Dickson, Tennessee, was the team’s community bank partner.
The team advanced through three rounds of judging by banking professionals and overcame a pool of 35 student teams representing 29 colleges and universities. As first place winner, each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The team will be invited to present at the 2021 Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference and will have their worked published in the CSBS Journal of Community Bank Case Studies.
A team from University of Arkansas placed second. The students are Austin Greek, David King and Eric Larsen. Tim Yeager served as the faculty advisor and Southern Bancorp Bank, based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, was the bank partner.
A team from Southeastern Louisiana University placed third. Team members are Hannah Henderson, Greyson Labasse, Guy LeCompte, Sage Mulkey and Lonica Wallace. Danielle Lewis served as the faculty advisor and Liberty Bank and Trust Company, based in New Orleans, Louisiana., was the bank partner.
Students on the second-place team each will receive a $500 CSBS scholarship, and those on the third-place team each will receive a $250 CSBS scholarship. Both teams will also have their works published in the Journal of Community Bank Case Studies. The winning papers are available below: