Students Capture Honors at the National Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Championship

A group of enterprising college students from Truman received national honors at the 2006 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) USA National Exposition, sponsored by the Kansas City Business Community, May 21-23 in Missouri.

The Truman SIFE Team was awarded a trophy for semifinal 4th runner-up in the 2006 USA National Exposition and received a $1,500 scholarship for future SIFE projects.

“TSU (Truman State University) SIFE finished in the top 20 teams in the country out of 950 nationwide,” said Todd Smith, the team’s former president. “This puts us in the top 2 percent of all teams nationally.”

During National Exposition, SIFE teams presented 24-minute multimedia exhibition of the educational outreach projects they developed and implemented throughout the year. They were judged by panels drawn from more than 750 of the nation’s top business and community leaders.
In addition to competition, Truman students had the opportunity to interview for jobs and internships during a two-day Career Opportunity Fair with representatives from more than 60 companies.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization present on more than 1,800 university campuses in more than 40 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach: market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business ethics.

During this academic year, the Truman SIFE team dedicated more than 1,500 hours to improving the lives of community members throughout the Midwest. The team completed 11 projects, 10 of these projects were created by Truman SIFE members fulfilling all of five of SIFE’s teaching principles and impacting more than 208,000 people.

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