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Foundation Awards $375,000 to Standout Industry Interns


WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 11, 2017 – The Council Foundation announced today that it is awarding $375,000 in academic scholarships to 75 college students interested in pursuing careers in insurance brokerage. Each student will receive $5,000 towards their college education.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Program works directly with the internship programs of member firms of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. The program is designed to expose college students from across the country to, and potentially keep them in, the commercial insurance brokerage sector after graduation. Of the 50 students who received scholarships in the program’s pilot year last summer, 68 percent were hired or repeated an internship with a Council member firm.

“It is very gratifying to partner with our member firms in this way and to see the scholarship program’s early signals of success,” said Ken A. Crerar, President/CEO of The Council. “The program is, without a doubt, drawing more talented young folks to the entrepreneurial spirit of the brokerage business.”

“Having the industry’s support means more than words can express,” said Alexis Wallace, a scholarship recipient who interned at Lockton Companies. “This scholarship gives me a hand up and grows my passion for insurance.”

Students must be formally nominated by the respective brokerages at which they worked. Awardees are then determined by an independent committee.

“This really makes a huge difference with my upcoming semester,” said Abel Richards, a scholarship recipient who interned at Hays Companies. “I am studying abroad and have been working three jobs this summer to pay for the upcoming semester. I am so grateful to The Council Foundation.”

Firms that participated included: Arlington/Roe & Co., Arthur J. Gallagher & Co, Assured Partners, Inc., Bolton & Company, Borislow Insurance, Brown & Brown, Inc., Cottingham & Butler, Inc., CRC Group, Crystal & Company, Hays Companies, Heffernan Group, Huntington Insurance, IMA Financial Group, Inc., Interwest Insurance Services, LLC, Johnson Kendall & Johnson, Inc., Lockton, Inc., M3 Insurance, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Pritchard & Jerden, Inc., RCM&D, Inc., Roach, Howard, Smith & Barton, Inc., Capacity Holdings Group LLC, The Crichton Group, Upshaw Insurance Agency, Woodruff Sawyer & Co.

“The Council Foundation scholarship program helps us attract the best and brightest kids from colleges in our area,” said David Becker, CEO of Cottingham & Butler in Dubuque, Iowa. “Our intern recipients were inspired by the competition and humbled by winning. For many of them, they face the daunting challenge of graduating with significant student debt and The Council Foundation scholarship will help them finish school with a much lighter burden.”
“We are incredibly grateful to The Council Foundation for its investment in our intern,” said Jennifer Borislow, founder and president of Borislow Insurance in Methuen, Massachusetts. “The program reinforces the value of a career in the insurance brokerage business and generously supports an intern’s ability to plan for the future.”

The 2017-18 scholarship recipients are:

Name School Major
Katherine Alymayer Dartmouth College Economics modified with Neuroscience
Kendall Banks UNC Charlotte Finance (Risk Management & Insurance); Marketing
Brandon Bradshaw Missouri State University Risk Management & Insurance, Finance and General Business
Spencer Brown Baker University Business & Economics
Becky Cacioppo University of Wisconsin, Madison Insurance & Risk Management, and Psychology
Michael Cappel Illinois State University Risk Management & Insurance, Professional Sales, and Finance
Kathryn Ciancitto Grand Canyon University Health Care Administration
Brandon Clark California State University, Chico Business Administration with an option in Finance
Mary Cox University of Missouri, Kansas City Mathematics and Statistics
Michael Cutrufrlli Florida State University Risk Management and Professional Sales
Rachel Day The Catholic University of America International Business
Taylor Deacon Florida State University Actuarial Science
Taylor Delapa University of Iowa Business Analytics and Marketing
Rachel Demmer University of Northern Iowa Marketing: Advertising & Digital Media, Management: Organizational Leadership
Ryan Gorall Florida State University Professional Sales
Perry Gotzian California Polytechnic State University Business Administration – Finance
Daniella Greco Montclair State University Business Administration
Reid Hale University of Mississippi Managerial Finance, and Risk Management & Insurance
Jacon Hall Thomas More College Business Marketing
Kevin Higgins Sacramento State University Business
Emily Hillman University of South Carolina Economics & Marketing
Brooklyn Hilton Illinois State University Marketing – Professional Sales
Kareese Johnson Florida Institute of Technology Business Management
Sydney Johnson Kansas State University Finance and Economics
Eyad Kabbani Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Jordan Kennedy Colorado State University Human Development and Family Studies
Logan Kinsel St. Olaf College Economics
Logan Knutson Florida State University (FSU) Risk Management & Insurance, and Professional Sales
Anna Kokolus University of South Carolina Accounting
Matt Kornbluh Florida State University Risk Management & Insurance
Griffin Laymon Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Business Administration
Zach Ledner Florida State University Risk Management & Insurance, and Real Estate
Anna Lenerz University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Finance
Katie Lindsey Troy University Global Business – Risk Management & Insurance
John Livers Oklahoma State University Finance and Accounting
Patrick Llaurado University of Wisconsin, Madison Finance, Investment & Banking
Edward Lloyd University of Georgia Risk Management & Insurance
Taylor Loiacono UW-Whitewater Finance
Alison Lyons Middle Tennessee State University Finance: Insurance Concentration
Justin Mack University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Marketing – Professional Selling
Abigail Mahoney Wartburg College Communication Arts
Chase Makowski Monmouth Finance
Moaaz Malik University of California, Davis Economics
Bradley Mapes Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University B.S. Human Factors Psychology/MBA Combined Program
Delaney Mirocke Pittsburg State University Environmental and Safety Management
William Montag Louisiana State University Business Management
Sam Moody Troy University Risk Management & Insurance
Charleston Mumphery Auburn University Finance
Lauren Owens Florida State University Risk Management & Insurance
Rebecca Paras University of Iowa Management – Leadership
Antonio Perciavalle St. John’s University Risk Management & Insurance
Hannah Pettiford Ohio University Marketing
Ryan Pilcher Spring Hill College Financial Economics
Mike Powers Augustana College Accounting & Business Management
Maddie Powers Clarke University Business Administration
Abel Richards University of Wisconsin, Whitewater International Business
Todd Righini Merrimack College Accounting
Makenna Rose University of South Carolina Finance and Marketing
Claudino Rubiera Barry University Finance
Alison Rusch Wartburg College Finance and Accounting
Michael Sacco University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Agriculture and Consumer Economics – Financial Planning
Parker Scott Minnesota State University Mankato Computer Information Technology
Dylan Sellers Texas Christian University Business – Marketing
Jessica Sharp UNC Charlotte Finance
Thomas Shevlin Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Morgan Slusher Oklahoma State University Finance and Accounting
Trevor Steiner Indiana State University Insurance & Risk Management, Financial Services
Carson Steward West Texas A&M University Marketing
Josuan suarez Florida State University Marketing
Tyler Tracy Florida Gulf Coast University Finance
Tom Van Bogaert Aurora University Finance and Business Administration
Isaac Wagner University of Florida Marketing
Alexis Wallace Missouri State University Risk Management & Insurance
Hannah White Purdue University Selling & Sales Management
Taylor Ziman Marist College Business Administration: Marketing

The mission of The Council Foundation is to secure the future of the commercial insurance brokerage business by attracting and developing tomorrow’s talent and supporting forward-thinking research. Since 2006, the Foundation—formerly known as the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME)—has awarded $1.83 million to 375 students across the country.

The Council Foundation is a 501c(3) organization administered by The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. Contributions made to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

For more information, contact Cheryl Matochik, senior vice president of Strategic Resources & Initiatives, at