History of the Investment Challenge Program
In 1998 TVA created the Investment Challenge by allocating $1.9 million to 19 universities to manage in actual investment portfolios.
Because students demonstrated that they could perform successfully against their benchmark, TVA added six new schools to the program in 2003 and increased the total portfolio amount to $10 million.
Each school has been allocated approximately $400,000 to invest in the stock market on behalf of TVA.
TVA's Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Fund provided the original $1.9 million for the program and the additional $8 million to expand it. The Trust Fund was created to meet the financial obligations of decommissioning TVA's nuclear units.
The Investment Challenge promotes economic development by helping strengthen the Valley’s educational infrastructure, a vital component of future economic growth. At the same time, the program makes a direct contribution to the training of the region’s future business leaders.