SIFMA Foundation

Capitol Hill Challenge

The SIFMA Foundation's annual Capitol Hill Challenge™ (CHC) presented by the Charles Schwab Foundation is an exciting national financial education competition for junior high and high schools that reaches all 50 U.S. states and their members of Congress.


The 2018 Capitol Hill Challenge will be held February 5 – May 11, 2018 and conclude with a trip to Washington, D.C. from June 12-14, 2018.

The Capitol Hill Challenge program is offered by invitation from the SIFMA Foundation, with priority consideration for registration given to public schools.  If your class is interested in being considered for participation in the 2018 Capitol Hill Challenge, please complete the Teacher Registration Form available through the link below.  The SIFMA Foundation will contact you with an invitation if you have been selected and will then register your student teams for participation.

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About the Capitol Hill Challenge 

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Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC) matches Members of Congress with students, teachers, and schools competing in The Stock Market Game™ in their respective district or state. Student teams manage a hypothetical $100,000 online portfolio and invest in real stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Since its inception in 2004, CHC has made 3,800 matches of U.S. Representatives and Senators with schools, encompassing more than 103,000 students across the country.

CHC partners up to 10 junior high or high school teams (3-5 students each) with your local Member of Congress (MOC). Students may only participate on ONE team. Your school must be located in the MOC's district with matching zip code. There is no charge for the CHC teams. However, only two schools per MOC can participate, with priority consideration given to public schools. Students taking part in a separate SMG game window can also take part in CHC.

The top 10 CHC teams will win a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet their Member of Congress and be recognized at an awards reception on Capitol Hill. During their visit, students and teachers will meet with business, government, and education leaders to learn about fiscal policy making, the role of the capital markets, and global economic trends. The winners will also have the opportunity to tour financial landmarks and national monuments.

For more information, download the CHC Brochure.  

The CHC Program is by invitation only. 

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Tribute Dinner 

The SIFMA Foundation's annual Tribute Dinner celebrates industry champions of youth financial education and raises awareness for an important cause. This year's dinner took place on October 11, 2017 at Cipriani (25 Broadway, NY). The honorees were Andy Sieg, Head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and Gerard McGraw, Chief Financial Officer Fidelity Investments.


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More than 600,000 students take part every school year across all 50 states. An independent study by Learning Point Associates found students who participated in the SMG program scored significantly higher on mathematics and financial literacy tests. 


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Since the program began in 2004 almost  194,000 essays have been written in classrooms across the country and more than 22,000 volunteers have served as judges in the national essay competition.  

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CHC connects middle- and high-school students across the country with their member of Congress. In 2017, we had 100% participation from Congress and over 60 Senators and Representatives met with their teams personally. The top 10 teams win a trip to Washington, DC!  

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IIF connects volunteers from industry firms who personally offer exciting, multimedia in-school and afterschool lessons to help our nation's youth better prepare for their own futures as financially capable and engaged citizens. Learn how you can get involved today!


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