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Redbird 2017

What is the Redbird Risk Management Challenge?

Redbird Class 2015The Challenge brings together 20 of the brightest high school seniors-to-be in the nation to compete in this annual week-long event, each endeavoring to claim the title of The Challenge Champion. Students form teams, assume the roles of senior level management in their "corporations" and compete with one another by developing and implementing strategies that navigate a mine field of potential disasters (any of which might leave their company in financial ruin). The team that best manages its company's financial resources over the course of the competition claims the crown for the year.

The Challenge is a unique experience where the University campus actually becomes the classroom, as teams are frequently sent out on "missions" to collect information, generate "revenue" and resolve other tasks related to the management of their corporations. Serving as guides during the week, current university students live with The Challenge participants on a 24/7 basis.

This award-winning experience is guaranteed to challenge participants, while helping them create life-long memories and friendships with other students from around the nation.

Who Belongs in the Program?

We are seeking students who:

  • Are entering their senior year in high school
  • Plan on attending college after graduation
  • Presently have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT score of 24 or higher
  • Possess the ability to work in a team setting
  • Demonstrate leadership through extracurricular activities, community service, and other leadership roles 

What Does This Cost?

This program is sponsored by industry organizations and associations, and contributions from COUNTRY Financial and State Farm Insurance.

While on campus for the competition, your costs will be covered.  Students will receive a scholarship that will pay the cost of tuition, room, and meals. You will only be responsible for incidental expenses. If you meet the participant profile outlined and are up for a challenge, please consider applying.

Application Process

  • To apply, fill out the online application or print the brochure and mail the application to the address listed on the form.
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