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Contact: Nicole Vasile
Director of Communications


WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The Council Foundation announced today that it is awarding $380,000 in academic scholarships to 75 college students interested in pursuing careers in insurance brokerage. Each intern selected will receive $5,000 toward their college education. Since 2006, The Foundation has awarded $3.23 million to 646 students across the country, including $1.98 million to 409 students in the last five years alone.

The Foundation’s scholarship program partners with leaders of internship programs at Council member firms, with the goal of eventually bringing these students on fulltime, and/or retaining them in the commercial insurance brokerage sector.

“The Council welcomes its own interns each summer, and it’s exciting to watch them discover how dynamic and multifaceted our member firms are, and how many career opportunities exist within the industry,” said Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council. “The Foundation’s Scholarship Program is an importance piece of our efforts to recruit and develop the next generation of insurance professionals, and we’re grateful to our member firms who continue to support its mission.”

The mission of The Council Foundation is to bring fresh, diverse talent into the brokerage sector. Students must be formally nominated by the respective brokerages at which they interned. In awarding the scholarships, an independent selection committee looks for candidates who have the potential to excel as leaders and contributors to the industry post-graduation.

“Being chosen as a recipient for the CIAB Scholarship is an absolute honor because it is validation for the hard work,” said Joseph Sinicropi, intern at Risk Strategies and student at Providence College. ”I have put into my 10-week internship program at Risk Strategies Company. These past ten weeks have been a great learning experience, and my biggest takeaway is to never shy away from asking questions. I did not know much about the insurance industry before this summer but through asking questions I was able to make the most out of the experience. Thank you to the CIAB Foundation and Risk Strategies for this amazing opportunity!”

“This scholarship means so much to me, and I am so grateful for The Council and what a wonderful experience I have had this summer during my internship,” said Kimberly Santaguida, intern at IMA Financial Group and student at Colorado Christian University. “Having the experience of working full time in a field that is likely to be something that is long term was wonderful, and I’m glad the council provided comprehensive training in insurance education to help my background knowledge improve! This scholarship will help me pay for my last year of school, and I’m so grateful!”

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.

The 2022-23 scholarship recipients are listed below. Four of this year’s recipients have also been honored as named scholars (*) – scholarships that are administered by The Council Foundation – Courtney Andersson, Assurex Arther P. Ashlock scholar, Julia Patras, Assurex Arther P. Ashlock Game Changer scholar, Allison Phillips, Franklin Wheeler Scholar, Mary Grace (MG) Browne, USI Insurance Scholar, and Molly Deal, Dave Oberkircher scholar.

Full Name  University Major
Kristina Abraham University of Louisiana at Lafayette Finance
David Agbi Georgia State University Quantitative Risk Analysis & Management
Courtney Andersson* Colorado Christian University Business Administration & Marketing
Christopher Barton University of Louisiana at Monroe Risk Management and Insurance
Liv Barwinska University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Creative Writing
Mary Grace (MG) Brown University of Georgia Risk Management and Insurance Major
Alexis Buglione University of Central Florida Accounting
Mackenzie Byrd University of Mississippi Managerial Finance, Real Estate, and Risk Management & Insurance
Carter Cappon Olivet College Insurance and Risk Management
Davina Chang Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance
Sofia Chiang University of Wisconsin – Madison Economics and Communication Arts
Sean Christy Stephen F. Austin State University Finance
Gianpaolo Colannino Providence College Mathematics
Cooper Craiger Western Illinois University Marketing
William DaRocha Saint Anselm College Finance
Emma Davis Ramapo College of New Jersey Business Administration (Marketing Concentration)
Oliver De Croock Lawrence University Economics
Molly Deal* Temple University Risk Management and Insurance
Jennifer Dean University of Maine Finance
Mitchell Dimunah University of Massachusetts Lowell Business Administration: Marketing
Elizabeth Fleming University of Mississippi Risk Management and Insurance
Julia Frerk University of Wisconsin-Madison International Studies-Global Economics
Kaeja Garner University of Iowa Communication Studies
Jana Hindiyeh University of California Santa Barbara Actuarial Science
Madison Homovich University of Georgia Risk Management and Insurance
Will Hunt Washington State University Finance
Mihika Jain Cornell University Computer Science
Madison Johnson University of Southern California Business Administration
Roderick Johnson, Jr. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor History (Honors)
Aaron Kim University of Connecticut Finance
Michael Kurtenbach University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Agriculture and Consumer Economics
Hayley Lazo Tusculum University Political science
Bianca Leal The University of Texas at Austin Actuarial Science
Derek Lee University of Wisconsin-Madison Risk Management and Insurance; Management and Human Resources
Paige Leonard Georgetown University International Business Regional Studies
Caitlin Mahoney University of Florida Marketing
Abigail McCarthy Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance
Grant McCoy Creighton University FinTech
Kena McDaniel Berea College Communications
Alexandra McGrogan Bentley University Marketing
Claire Michel University of Iowa Enterprise Leadership
Elizabeth Moreland University of Louisiana Monroe Risk Management and Insurance
Olivia O’Hare University of South Carolina Risk Management and Insurance with a concentration in Business Analytics
Julia Patras* DePauw University Psychology
Reagan Phillips University of California, Berkeley Legal Studies and Media Studies
Allison Phillips* Florida State Professional Sales
Delaisha Phillips-Davis Southern University & A&M College Business Management
Mayte Porragas Paseiro University of Colorado Boulder Strategic Communications
Olivia Prouty Creighton University Healthcare Administration and Policy/Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Mark Rapp Iowa State University Marketing
Chet Redstone Kansas State University Finance
Camrynn Referente Temple University Marketing
Mattye Richardson University of Texas at Austin Human Dimensions of Organizations
Gabrielle Ricklefs University of Iowa Marketing
Cayman Rigdon University Of Mississippi Finance/Real Estate
Daniel Rodriguez Illinois State University International Business and Risk Management & Insurance
Nathaniel Roffman Bowling Green State University Business Administration Specializations in International Business & Data Analytics and Intelligence
Kevin Rybka Hillsdale College Finance
Kimberly Santaguida Colorado Christian University B.S. Business Administration – Dual Degree, B.A. Music Composition
Devon Shelton Florida State University Finance & Risk Management/Insurance
Joseph Sinicropi Providence College Finance and Marketing
Julia Sonntag Indiana State University Insurance/Risk Management
Kiara Tejada University of Denver Finance
Blake Ternan University of Texas at Austin Economics
Cole Thompson San Francisco State University Business
Blake Todes The University of Texas at Austin Economics and Plan II
Isabella Trave Saint Joseph’s University Risk Management & Insurance
Masengu Tshitenge Southern Utah University Accounting
Bret Wang Indiana University Supply Chain Management
Anna Wang UC Davis Economics and Psychology
Sarah White University of South Carolina Finance and Management
Andrew Witt University of Cincinnati Insurance and Risk Management
Daija Worley Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Arfa Zahid CUNY Brooklyn College Accounting
Gabrielle Zielke University of Texas at Austin Advertising & Communications