Benedictine College SIFE Gains National Recognition

  • Thursday, May 19, 2011

Benedictine College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has returned home with a National 1st Runner Up trophy and recognition as one of the top 40 SIFE teams in the nation. After being named a champion in their SIFE Regional Competition in Chicago in March, Benedictine’s SIFE competed in the SIFE National Exposition held in Minneapolis May 10-12.

“The Benedictine College SIFE team has worked hard all year executing projects that make a difference in their community and surrounding areas,” said Margaret Mainey, competition director for the student organization. “Our most impactful project this year was the Second Chance Program in which SIFE students taught business courses to inmates at Lansing State Correctional Facility.”


Members of Benedictine’s SIFE designed the Second Chance project (read more in the Summer Raven Review) to help reduce the recidivism rate (rate at which ex-convicts return to prison) in the state of Kansas and help ex-offenders find gainful employment or be able to start their own businesses upon release. Through this project, the Benedictine College SIFE team has also developed an outplacement program to help inmates find jobs after release; reducing their chances of re-entering the penal system.

According to Mainey, the Benedictine College SIFE team has plans to continue this project as well as introduce some new projects in the fall. One of the new projects involves partnering with a water-well-drilling company out of Oklahoma City to teach indigenous people how to set up and run water-well-drilling businesses around the world.


Benedictine College’s SIFE team operates as part of Students In Free Enterprise, a national organization Its mission is to leverage the positive power of business for the good of the community.


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.