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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 5, 2018 –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. Students will receive $5,000 towards their college education. Since 2006, the Foundation—formerly known as the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME)—has awarded $2.2 million to 450 students across the country, including $1 million to 200 students in the last three years alone.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Program partners with the internship programs of member firms of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. The program exposes college students from across the country to the commercial insurance brokerage sector with the ultimate goal of keeping them in the business after graduation. Of the 125 students who received scholarships over the past two years, nearly 53 percent have been hired or repeated an internship with a Council member firm.

“Recruiting the next generation of industry leaders is perhaps the biggest hurdle our industry faces, and being able to make a difference in the career trajectory of these students—particularly within the walls of our member firms—is both exciting and rewarding,” said Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council.

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 in the commercial insurance brokerage business sector.

“I am extremely appreciative and elated to know that I was selected for this scholarship,” said Doris Silva, a scholarship recipient who interned at Bolton & Company. “It will definitely be a huge help during my last year at school. This summer has been life changing at Bolton, and now more than ever I cannot wait to graduate and get my career started. Thank you to the entire Council team and to Bolton for the amazing opportunity.”

Firms whose interns won scholarships include: Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.; AP Intego; Arlington/Roe & Co.; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Assurance Agency, Ltd.; AssuredPartners, Inc.; Bolton & Company; Borislow Insurance; Broadstreet Partners, Inc.; Brown & Brown, Inc.; BXS Insurance; Cottingham & Butler, Inc.; CRC Insurance Services, Inc.; Cross Insurance; Crystal & Company; Glatfelter Insurance Group; Hays Companies; Heffernan Group; Insurance Office of America, Inc.; Johnson Kendall & Johnson, Inc.; Lockton, Inc.; M3 Insurance; Marsh & McLennan Agency; Pritchard & Jerden; RCM&D, Inc.; Risk Strategies Company; Roach, Howard, Smith, and Barton, Inc.; The Crichton Group; The Plexus Groupe LLC; and TrueNorth Companies.

“This truly is a program that moves the needle,” said Jim Henderson, chairman and CEO of AssuredPartners, Inc. “The Council Foundation’s support in attracting and rewarding new talent into commercial brokerage is immensely valuable. We certainly need to continue to attract the best and brightest to this industry, and this program is making a difference in those efforts.”

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 2018-19 scholarship recipients are:

Name University Major
Thomas Abraham Bentley University Finance
Andrew Arnold Stephen F. Austin State University Finance
Greyson Asmus Temple University Risk Management and Insurance
Calum Beaulieu University of New Hampshire Finance, Economics
Charlette Campbell Grand Valley State University Statistics with an Actuarial Emphasis
Andre Carriveau University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Marketing & Sales
Brandon Chidester Western Michigan University Sales and Business Marketing
Kayleigh Clinch Thomas College Finance
Lauren Czeshinski Loras College Marketing
Ryan Degale Troy University Global Business – Risk Management & Insurance
Gavin DeHaai Concordia University – NE Business Administration
Samantha Dever Providence College Health Policy Management & Political Science
Andrew Dix Pittsburg State University Environmental and Safety Management
Ryan Eddy Randolph-Macon College Business Management & Finance
Richard Femia Bryant University Accounting
Taylor Ficke Baker Business Finance
Will Fischer Saint John’s University Global Business Leadership
Tamia Frye-Ford Virginia Commonwealth University Risk Management and Insurance
Griffin Gaffner Olivet College Insurance and Risk Management
James Geeslin TCU Finance
Christopher Graman Indiana State University Insurance and Risk Management/Financial Services
Sara Hamlin University of Georgia Finance
Brent Hoffmann University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Business Management
Chelsea Hummer Cornell University Hotel Administration
Brendan Jaquay Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Juan Jaramillo University of Miami Finance & Legal Studies
Dianna Johnson Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Caringtyn Julian Baker University Business Management
Austin Karpinski Illinois State University Finance & Risk Management Insurance
Catherine Kelley Clemson University Marketing
Matthew Klippel University of Florida Business Administration
Hunter Klus University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Economics
Michael Kolzow Illinois State University Marketing – Professional Sales
Logan Krause East Carolina University Risk Management & Insurance
Flora Ky Seattle University Marketing
Dominika Luszcz Kent State University Business Management
Jacob McKay Liberty University Business Finance
Miranda Messner Florida State University Risk Management/Insurance
Alec Miller The University of Georgia Risk Management and Insurance
Sarah Misiano Temple University Risk Management and Insurance
David Moorman University of Wisconsin Madison Communication Arts
Andrew Morrison North Carolina State University Economics and Political Science
Jennifer O’Brien Belmont University Economics
Katie O’Keefe Drake University News Journalism and Mass Communication
Seth Payton Indiana State University Insurance and Risk Management/Accounting
Megan Peyton University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Finance with a Concentration of Risk and Insurance
Maxwell Plummer University of Arizona Finance
Alex Portwood St. Ambrose University Sales and Marketing
Zachary Pyle University of Southern Maine Business Administration
Ixchel Quiroz Georgetown University Government
Kaylin Renfro California State University, Chico Liberal Studies
Keely Richter Missouri State University Marketing Management
Adrian Rodriguez Holy Names University Accounting
Jacqueline Roges University of Southern California Economics
Susana Ruckle Florida State University Risk Management/Insurance and Professional Sales
Noah Saffie University of Massachusetts Lowell Computer Science
Alex Savary Buena Vista University Marketing & Finance
Yuliya Sierova Southern Illinois University Edwardsville BSBA
Doris Silva California State University, Northridge Finance emphasis Insurance and Business Law
Samuel Smith Appalachian State Risk Management and Insurance
Andrew Spadaro University of Nebraska-Lincoln Actuarial Science
Kaitlyn Steinhilber University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Health Care Administration
Stanley Szczurek Millersville University Business Administration – Marketing
Kittika Tarutiyasiri California State University San Bernardino Business Administration – Information Technology
William Teoh Swarthmore College Economics, Political Science
Gretchen Tuscher University of California, Davis Managerial Economics
Sarah van Duynhoven Fordham University Mathematics
Anna Vickers Crown College Communications
Kyle Vitale Illinois State University Finance and Accounting
Joseph Wallace The Ohio State University Economics
Remy Wells Colorado College Economics (Business Track)
Clayton Williams Florida State University Risk Management & Insurance
Courtney Wilson Appalachian State University Actuarial Science
Brittany Wolf Pennsylvania State University Communications
Carlie Zielinski University of Wisconsin-Madison Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship