Student Board of Directors

2016 Student Board of Directors

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' student board of directors program offers high school seniors a dynamic way to learn about our nation's central bank. Participants gain a thorough understanding of the Federal Reserve's role in the U.S. economy and experience its unusual partnership with banks, businesses and the community. St. Louis-area students are selected based on the quality of their essay and letters of recommendation.

For more information contact:
Alan D. Ernst

Students who are selected will be notified in May.

Overview of student board program

Members of the St. Louis Fed's student board of directors program come from diverse backgrounds and serve as liaisons between St. Louis area high schools and the Federal Reserve. During their year on the board, members of the student board meet every month September through May at the St. Louis Fed, Broadway and Locust Street.

At these monthly meetings, students discuss issues related to economics and personal finance; participate in discussions with Bank leaders on topics ranging from professional development to career planning and progression; and, prepare a presentation about the Federal Reserve to be delivered to peers at their respective high school. After successful completion of the year long program, students can apply for summer internships.


  • Applicant must be a high school senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Applicant must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and rank in the top one third of their class.
  • Board members must attend all monthly meetings and prepare for and participate fully in all discussions and projects.
  • Members must complete online learning modules from the St. Louis Fed's Econ Lowdown Online Learning series to prepare for discussions and interactive activities.
  • Members must maintain a standard of behavior befitting a representative of the nation's central bank.
  • Members must serve from September 2016 through May 2017. Meetings are held every month and last approximately 90 minutes, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Key Activities:

  • An orientation luncheon will be held in July 2016.
  • The final meeting, in May 2017, will be an awards dinner for students, family members and nominating teachers.

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