"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
- Benjamin Franklin
Student Managed Investment Opportunity
On April 2, 1756 the first honorary degree issued by William & Mary was conferred upon one of the country's first millionaires: Benjamin Franklin. A revolutionary thinker, Franklin understood the key to financial success involved more than just a roll of the dice. It required sound guidance, careful research, and real-world experience - all elements you'll gain from the Mason School's student managed Batten Fund.
A Modern Approach with a Proven Past
Thanks to a generous $500,000 donation from former Landmark Communications chairman Frank Batten, Sr., and his wife Jane Batten, the Batten Fund provides second-year MBA students with a hands-on opportunity to manage a large investment portfolio.
Each year, teams of up to 17 students are selected to work together to learn first-hand the challenges and rewards of investing in equities. With guidance from experienced faculty and industry experts, the fund now holds approximately $1 million in assets and offers a unique experiential learning opportunity like no other.
Work as a fund analyst alongside a designated portfolio manager.
Gain hands-on, resume building experience researching stocks, developing an investment thesis, and completing a valuation analysis.
Receive valuable guidance and insights from the Mason School's professional team of Executive Partners.
Get unparalleled access to leading financial analysts, investment consultants, portfolio managers, speakers and other industry experts.
Whether you are considering a career in investment banking, or would just like to gain valuable experience with real-life, real money, and real time investing - the Batten Fund will prepare you for success.