RMA's Academic Program

Building the Next Generation of Bankers

A growing concern among RMA members and bankers is the future of the banking industry and the development of the next generation of talent. RMA is dedicated to providing young people with the resources they need to build a brighter future. Through our Academic Program, RMA is proud of our latest initiatives to help students do just that – The RMA Foundation Scholarship Program and Student Membership.

We are pleased to grant scholarships to college undergrad students who are interested in working in the banking industry after graduation. Offered through the RMA Foundation, scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000 and can be renewed up to two additional years, provided each student fulfills the renewal requirements and maintains their free student membership with RMA.

Academic Program Brochure (PDF) 

A FREE student membership with RMA also gives students the tools they need to differentiate themselves, and position themselves, as strong candidates to potential employers in the financial services industry. The Student Membership looks good on their resume and it's an excellent way to learn more about the financial services industry and the people who work in it.

Our Student Resource Center features all of the benefits of membership including our Internship Program, where you can post available internships at your institution on the microsite. Students are also able to earn a Credit Essentials Certificate that will demonstrate proficiency of credit skills upon completion of their university's commercial banking course curriculum. RMA offers its online course content to universities who offer a commercial banking curriculum and are in need of materials to supplement their curriculum.

Please contact us at 1-800-677-7621, if you or a student have any questions. We appreciate your support in grooming the next generation of financial professionals.

Read bankers' experiences with RMA's internship program:

"Our banks have seen a very positive impact from the RMA Credit Essentials course at Texas A&M. Students felt they were well-prepared to contribute during their internships because they understood how to analyze financial statements. We are very pleased that we added the course to our curriculum, and believe it will be an important foundational piece going forward."

- Steve York, Group Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Division, Broadway Bank; Texas A&M Banking Program Advisory Board Member

"Our intern came into her internship with a deeper and more expansive understanding of financial analysis and accounting than we typically see from the recent college graduates we hire because of RMA's Credit Essentials course. Our interns are assigned a project of managing and completing an analytical review of the bank's critical third party vendors. She was effectively able to identify and mitigate risks associated with these companies. In addition, her technical writing skills were the best we have seen from an intern or new hire. Overall, her polish and professionalism helped make the loan officers comfortable with bringing her along to meet customers on calls. We've since offered her a full-time position."

- Matthew Newman, Senior Vice President, Regional Credit Officer, Broadway Bank