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Susan Rushford
SVP, Marketing & Communications


The Council Foundation Awards $250,000
in Academic Scholarships to 50 Industry Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 26, 2020 – The Council Foundation announced today that it is awarding $250,000 in academic scholarships to 50 college students interested in pursuing careers in insurance brokerage. Each intern selected will receive $5,000 toward their college education. Since 2006, the Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME), has awarded $2.85 million to 570 students across the country, including $1.6 million to 333 students in the last four years alone.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Program partners with the internship programs of member firms of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers in an effort to hire these students back into the firms they interned with and/or retain them in the commercial insurance brokerage sector.

“In a challenging year, we are very pleased with the number of firms who remained committed to their internship programs and ongoing mentorship of new talent in an all-virtual environment,” said Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council. “It’s critical that we continue to work together to invest in the next generation of leaders and promote the important work we do for millions of people and businesses around the world.”

The mission of The Council Foundation is to bring fresh, diverse talent into the brokerage sector by way of internships with Council member firms. Students must be formally nominated by the respective brokerages at which they worked. 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.

“If I have learned anything from this experience, it is that the insurance industry is able to adapt to any situation. It is amazing that The Council was still able to offer an opportunity for students already interested in insurance to stay engaged with the industry, even through a global pandemic,” said Logan Morehouse, a summer intern at M3 Insurance.

Noting the financial support, Yasmeen Zoheir, a summer intern at Johnson Kendall & Johnson, Inc said, “This scholarship means so much to me! It represents being able to further pursue my education without thinking about the cost. My internship taught me a lot about the insurance industry, and solidified my career goals.”

“As a firm, we are thrilled with how the scholarship program has evolved along with a refined focus on intern training. Our industry desperately needs to engage the next generation. The Council is a leader in this effort, and we are appreciative of its investment in our interns,” said Jennifer Borislow, Principal & President at Borislow Insurance.

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 2020-21 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 – and three of which are permanently endowed: Thomas Tigges, named the Assurex Global Robert P. Ashlock Scholar; Rebecca Shagrin, named the Assurex Global Robert P. Ashlock Game Changer Scholar; John Reilly, named the Dave Oberkircher Future Leader Scholar; and Alexandra Carty, named the Franklin Wheeler Scholar.

Simisola Adedunni DePaul University Accounting and Finance
Tristen Aguilar Illinois State University Risk Management & Insurance and Finance
Arianna Alexander University of Florida General Business with a Pre-Health Specialty
James Baumann III University of Kentucky Economics and Management
Michael Berrian University of Denver Finance
Aidan Boppel Merrimack College Financial Planning and Marketing
Anne Bowen Indiana State University Insurance & Risk Management and Financial Services
Callisa Briggs University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Finance
Kayla Carlson University of Alabama Finance and Economics
Alexandra Carty* Florida State University Marketing and Professional Sales
Kaitlin Chrzanowski University of Cincinnati Finance
Audrey Dunn University of Georgia Risk Management & Insurance and Finance
Erica Dutch Michigan State University Finance
Bradley Ekonen Kalamazoo College Business
Samantha Garza University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Finance and Supply Chain Management
Devin Gilbertson University of South Dakota Accounting
Benjamin Godfrey California State University, Chico Business Administration – Finance
Kallie Goggin University of Connecticut Actuarial Science and Finance
Ann Green Miami University Communications and Psychology
Luke Gurak University of Georgia Risk Management
Shawn Hakimi Florida State University Risk Management & Insurance and Finance
Zach Hammil Stephen F. Austin State University Business Management
Alondra Jimenez Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Natalie Kinney California State University, Chico Agriculture Business
Natalie Kojababian University of Southern California Business Administration
Natalie Lopez University of Iowa Business Analytics
Bria Martin Clemson University Spanish and International Business
Gabriel Mire University of Louisiana at Lafayette Finance
Logan Morehouse University of Wisconsin, Madison Finance, Investment, and Banking; Risk Management and Insurance
Choice Mostellar Saint Joseph’s University Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
Claire Mullee John Carroll University Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Katelynn Pankhurst Illinois State University Risk Management & Insurance and Finance
Bryson Pritchard Stetson University Entrepreneurship
John Reilly* Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Carson Riddle Culver-Stockton College Business Administration and Marketing
Emily Roemer Texas Christian University Finance
Keenan Roznowski Olivet College Insurance & Risk Management
Emily Ruggiero University of North Texas Risk Management & Insurance
Rebecca Shagrin* University of Denver Business Administration – Marketing
Rahul Sharma University of Massachusetts Amherst Biomedical Engineering
Thomas Tigges* Iowa State University Finance
Myrlana Valdivia Emporia State University Business Administration
William Vermillion Texas Christian University Finance
Claudia Vevera Florida State University Actuarial Sciences and Risk Management & Insurance
Andrew Walters Beloit College Business Economics
Jenny Wick Loras College Kinesiology
Jenna Woodall Iowa State University Management
David Young Mississippi State University Finance
Joshua Zack University of Michigan Economics
Yasmeen Zoheir Temple University Risk Management & Insurance