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The Council Foundation Awards $375,000 in Academic Scholarships to 75 Industry Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 9, 2019 – 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 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 $2.6 million to 525 students across the country, including $1.4 million to 275 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. The Scholarship Program exposes college students to the commercial insurance brokerage sector with a goal to recruit the students to the industry after graduation.

“The commercial insurance brokerage and employee benefits industries offer countless opportunities and dynamic career paths for young college graduates,” said Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council. “It is 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 CIAB 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.

“Since I first arrived in this country when I was in high school, I learned to be very independent. I have had to work long hours, attend school as a full-time student and remain active in my school organizations while relying solely on public transportation. The support I am receiving from The Council Foundation through this scholarship reminds me today that all my hard work has been worth the sacrifices I have had to make,” said Diana Gonzalez, a scholarship recipient from Sacramento State University. “I am truly honored that The Council Foundation believes in me and my future.”

Firms whose interns won scholarships include: Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.; AmWINS Group, Inc.; AP Intego; Arlington/Roe & Co.; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Assurance Agency, Ltd.; AssuredPartners, Inc.; Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners; Borislow Insurance; Brown & Brown, Inc.; Burns & Wilcox; CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Division; Cook Maran & Associates; Cottingham & Butler, Inc.; Cross Insurance; Hagerty; Heffernan Group; Higginbotham; Holmes Murphy & Associates, Inc.; Hylant; Insurance Office of America, Inc.; InterWest Insurance Services, LLC; Johnson Kendall & Johnson, Inc.; Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC; Lockton, Inc.; M3 Insurance; Marsh & McLennan Agency; Moreton & Co.; NFP; Pritchard & Jerden, Inc.; RCM&D, Inc.; Risk Strategies Company; SCU – CRC Group; The Crichton Group; The IMA Financial Group, Inc.; The Plexus Groupe LLC; and TrueNorth Companies.

“We are very proud to support The Council Foundation,” said Bob Cawley, President & COO of RCM&D, Inc., in Baltimore, Md. “The Council is an excellent partner for us in so many ways.”

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 2019-20 scholarship recipients are:

Name University Major
William Alexander University of Florida Business Administration
Antonio Amaral Saint Joseph’s University Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing
Luke Amman University of Colorado at Boulder Accounting and Finance
Gabriella Ammond University of Michigan International Economics and Politics
Nnamdi Anene University of Georgia Risk Management and Insurance
Payton Bertermann Valparaiso University Actuarial Science
Ben Biswas Tufts University Economics
Tyler Boehm Missouri State University Risk Management and Insurance & Business
Sean Boles University of Pennsylvania Finance
Jeff Borngesser Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance
James Carlson Texas Christian University Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Daniel Chavez California State University, Sacramento Business Administration – General Management
Dylan Chrismer University of Missouri Communications
Gregory Darling Indiana State University Insurance and Risk Management / Financial Services
Joseph Demetroulis University of Missouri-Kansas City Interpersonal Communications
Andrew Dix Pittsburg State University Environmental and Safety Management
Sarah Dockham Washington College Political Science
Kayla Felderman University of Iowa Computer Science and Engineering
Abel Felix Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Amanda Ferguson University of South Carolina Statistics
Justin Fletcher University of Alabama at Birmingham Electrical Engineering
Nicholas Garth University of Dayton Finance
Ashlynn Geiger California State University, Chico Agriculture Business
Lauren Gilley Texas A&M University Applied Mathematical Sciences
Diana Ivette Gonzalez Garcia California State University, Sacramento Finance
Shannon Griffin Princeton University Political Economy
Charles Hagen Gettysburg College Organization & Management Studies
Thomas Heath Mississippi State University Business Information Systems
Gisel Herrera Trinidad Temple University Risk Management and Insurance
Maddie Hill The University of Alabama Management
Ariana Holt Xavier University of Louisiana Sales & Marketing
Arden Hudson Ball State University International Business
Courtney Janssen University of Iowa Business Analytics and Information Systems
Jon Jennings Appalachian State University Risk Management and Insurance
Otto Keisker Temple University Risk Management
Grace Kenney Trinity College Art History
Buck Krueger University of Wisconsin-Whitewater General Management
Ian Kubbe University of Northern Iowa Marketing: Sales Management
Emily Lahm Binghamton University Human Development
Brandon Lee University of Southern California Business Administration
Ba Lee University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Human Resource Management
Steven Lim Texas A&M University-Commerce Mathematics & Physics
Zachary Luceno East Carolina University Finance
Ryan Machado Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance
Joey Machuga Ohio Dominican University Mathematics & Risk Management and Insurance
Megan Mannato Arcadia University Mathematics
Madison McKenzie Baylor University Professional Selling
Kristin Miller University of Central Missouri Finance
Walter Nystrom Appalachian State University Finance & Banking, Risk Management & Insurance
Kate Pendergast The University of Arkansas Organizational Leadership Management
Erika Perry Indiana State University Insurance and Risk Management, Financial Services
Josue Piedra-Gomez Edgewood College Accounting
Kylie Piotte Washington and Lee University Business and Politics
Kennedy Plowman Iowa State University Speech Communications
Jamie Quach The University of Texas at Dallas Finance
Gabe Rasmussen University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Marketing
Marissa Richardson MidAmerica Nazarene University Marketing
Karson Ringdahl Texas Christian University Finance
Meredith Rivera Florida State University Finance
Madelynne Rodriguez Coastal Carolina University Economics and Marketing
Cristian Rodriguez California State University, Sacramento Finance, Accounting
Lieke Rolvers University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) Risk Management and Insurance
Lauren Ross Miami University Strategic Communication and Spanish
Heidi Rubenstein Tufts University Community Health
Ryan Schweinberg Indiana University Finance & Accounting
Carran Smith University of New Hampshire Mathematics
Lexie Smith University of Illinois Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Jameson Smith University of Utah Finance
Katie Tragakis Florida Southern College Mathematics
Sam Unger University of South Florida Finance
Summer Vinson Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance
Justin Wieder SUNY University at Buffalo Financial Analysis and Marketing
Harrison Wolf Temple University Risk Management and Insurance
Michael Wommack University of Central Florida Health Services Administration
Macie Zurfluh St. Norbert College Business Administration Finance