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Skyhawk Investment Group
Managers of the Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund

Open to all Stonehill students, in all majors...

The Skyhawk Investment Group (SIG) is a team of talented Stonehill College junior and senior standing students selected via application to participate in a year-long, advanced, comprehensive academic and professional development course of study.

  Student participants are charged with the management of
the Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund.


The Program

SCIFI's Skyhawk Investment Group program is a year-long, two course of study and more.  The program is designed to enhance the critical thinking and financial analytical skills of participants through hands-on academic and security analysis experience. It combines an interesting and challenging course of study with internships, mentoring and the management of real-money to represent a truly differentiated learning experience for Stonehill students.


Participation starts with a variety of summer reading and modeling assignments, learning about the Opportunity Fund portfolio and a 3-day Advanced Skills Workshop in August to facilitate responsibility for the portfolio and interview preparation for internship and post graduate positions.  


Student participant coursework includes:

•  BUS 432 - Applied Research & Portfolio Management  (fall) 4 credits

•  BUS 430 - Behavioral Finance (spring) 4 credits

Why should it interest me?

While finance, economics and accounting majors may find the coursework familiar, any student interested in the capital markets, public financial policy, global economics and a better understanding of the value of things, may be interested in seeking admission.

The Skyhawk Investment Group program is not for everyone.  There is always something to do.  And everyday there is something new to consider.  Students that get the most out of the program expect the best from themselves and the students around them.  It takes real commitment to be part of a great team that wants to get the most from their Stonehill educational experience.


Skyhawk Investment Group alumni have graduated to positions in Investment Banking, Sell-side Research, Buy-side Research, Risk Management, Commercial Lending, Consulting, Big-Four Accounting, Corporate Finance multi-year training programs, Wealth Management, and to other interesting and dynamic career opportunities.

Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund Annual Reports

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How do I prepare and when should I apply?

Applicants are required to successfully complete three courses before being admitted into SCIFI:

  • BUS203 - Financial Accounting (Business Core)

  • BUS320 - Corporate Finance (Business Core)

  • BUS327 - Investments (Finance Major Requirement)

Students seeking to get the most from the program can complete this coursework by end of sophomore year, applying for admission as juniors.  These students gain competitive advantage in interviewing for higher profile banking and investment internships.  Juniors also have the option of staying in the fund management part of the program for senior year, developing important leadership and mentoring skills.  Students interested in studying abroad or the other study-away programs that the College offers may do so in junior year and can then apply for participation for senior year.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting in January and ending by mid-April.  Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as admission will be limited.  

As a Skyhawk Investment Group member,
do we really manage "real money"? 

Simply, yes you do.  You are part of a team of students that manage the Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund.  Each year the team reviews the fund's Investment Policy Statement, makes all buy and sell decisions, and evaluates each others recommendations and modeling efforts. 


Founded in September 2013, the SCIFI Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund was established through a generous bequest by Mary Herlihy, wife of the late William T. Herlihy, a member of the inaugural class of 1952 and lifelong benefactor to Stonehill College. The Fund is a student-run equity portfolio designed to provide program participants with hands-on equity research, analysis and portfolio management experience. Special thanks are extended to Eastern Bank and Stonehill College alumni for additional founding contributions to the Fund and the SCIFI program.

What other opportunities are available?

In 2012, Stonehill College was one of the first undergraduate programs to be recognized by the CFA Institute’s University Affiliation Program. This recognition is granted only to institutions whose degree program incorporates at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which prepares applicants for the CFA Level One exam.  Our coursework addresses nearly 100% of the Level One Exam and offers scholarships for applicants to pursue taking the exam in the June after graduation.


Stonehill College is a registered participant for new student memberships in the CFA Society Boston University College Partner program. If you are interested in joining the CFA Society of Boston as a Student Applicant, please click on the link below. 


The world of wealth management is typically not taught but experienced.  Yet students at Stonehll get the opportunity to participate in a Certificate program sponsored by the national wealth management firm, ENVESTNET called ENVESTNET on Campus.  The 7 week online program is offered in both the fall and spring semesters at Stonehill.  Keep a watch for emails from the Career Services Center at the start of each semester.  The program is available at no cost to participants.


The purpose of the consortium is to enhance student learning and scholarship, record best practices in investment management among SMIF partners, provide a vehicle for student networking and exchange of ideas, and provide a permanent repository of relevant literature and recorded student experiences. The SMIF Consortium builds a community of institutions with a shared vision for student success and leadership in investing. The SMIF Consortium also establishes relationships with industry partners to assist in its primary goals of student education, research, and leadership.  Each fall, the SMIFC sponsors a
2-day conference in Chicago to bring as many of the 133 college and university members together with sponsoring firms from the investment world.

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