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Student Managed Investment Fund

Through the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), finance majors explore applied investing.­ Students manage a portfolio of funds and decide on stocks to purchase and sell with a goal of long-term growth.­ They learn investment fundamentals, valuation techniques, and technical analysis.­ All finance majors explore one or more investment opportunities, which are forwarded to the student portfolio managers for consideration.­ Portfolio managers attempt to meet the dual objectives of increasing the long-run value of the portfolio combined with the short-run objective of providing student scholarships.­ Since 2001, the program has awarded $264,500 ­in scholarship funds to business students. ­Established by local community leaders­ at an initial value of $100,000, the student portfolio’s current value is approximately $1,187,000. ­ The stock holdings returned has outperformed the S&P 500 index in nine of the last ten years.­ ­

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SMIF Scholarship Recipients

For the 2019-2020 academic year, SMIF provided $43,000 in scholarships in the name of Dick Railsback and $38,000 in the name of Scott Doores.   

Scholarship Winners in the name of Dick Railsback

  • Christina Avila, MBA Healthcare Management from New Braunfels, TX
  • Kamryn Benavidez, BBA Finance from Canyon, TX 
  • Ethan Camp, BBA Finance from Amarillo, TX
  • Jessie Castillo, BBA Finance from Amarillo, TX 
  • Sunu Cherian, MBA General Business from Irving, TX
  • Shawn Grainger, MBA Healthcare Management from Porter, TX
  • Tessa Modisette, BBA General Business from Amarillo, TX 
  • Isaac Rosales, BBA Accounting from Canyon, TX 
  • Athari Rwaili, BBA Finance from Amarillo, TX 
  • Araceli Torres, BBA Management from Amarillo, TX 

Scholarship Winners in the name of Scott Doores

  • Angelica Alonzo, BBA Computer Information Systems from Hereford, TX
  • Talon Baskin, BBA Management from Spring, TX 
  • Isaac Cardenas Casillas, BBA Finance from Canyon, TX 
  • Reese Forest, BBA Management from Montgomery, TX
  • Jamaal Hamilton, BBA Finance from Dallas, TX 
  • Dyllanger Johnson, BBA Computer Information Systems from Canyon, TX 
  • Miguel Macias, BBA Computer Information Systems from Plainview, TX 
  • Gilbert Madrid, BBA Finance from El Paso, TX 
  • Tiana Parker, MBA General Business from Olympia, WA
  • Josiah Pennington, BBA Finance from Amarillo, TX 
  • Tanner Schuetz, BBA Entrepreneurship from Sugar Land, TX 
  • Gerardo Tarango, BBA Finance from Perryton, TX
  • Luis Torres, BBA Finance from Perryton, TX
  • Justin Vigil, BBA Accounting from Shallowater, TX 
  • Levi Zemanuel, BBA Finance from Amarillo, TX 

Summer 2019 SMIF Student Portfolio Managers

  • Alexis Hext, MS Finance & Economics from La Junta, CO
  • Candace Tarver, BBA Finance from Guthrie, TX 
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