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Contact: Nicole Vasile
Director, Communications
(202) 756-5627



WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 7, 2021 – The Council Foundation announced today that it is awarding $380,000 in academic scholarships to 76 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 $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 internship programs at The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers’ member firms, with the goal of hiring these students back into those firms and/or retaining them in the commercial insurance brokerage sector.

“There is so much opportunity within our industry, and internships are crucial to introducing young professionals to commercial insurance and the impact they can have within a brokerage firm,” said Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council. “We’re grateful to our member firms who continue to invest in efforts to recruit and develop the next generation of insurance professionals.”

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.

“I am truly humbled and extremely appreciative to receive such a prestigious honor. I cannot thank The Council Foundation and Brown & Brown enough,” said Andrew Dunigan, a student at Temple University and an intern at Brown & Brown. “The work I performed this summer, the people I met and the knowledge I gained has excited me and thoroughly prepared me for a career in the insurance brokerage industry.”

Oumalkaire Omar, an intern at Cross Insurance, said The Council Foundation scholarship will help cover her tuition at Howard University for the fall semester. “My internship at Cross Insurance Agency this past summer helped me realize that I am interested in pursuing a career in the insurance industry. This scholarship will play a role in helping me further my education to prepare me to enter the workforce when I graduate in 2023.”

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 2021-22 scholarship recipients are listed below. Five 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: Raniesha Colebrook, named the Assurex Global Robert P. Ashlock Scholar; Maricela Lopez, named the Assurex Global Robert P. Ashlock Game Changer Scholar; Shannon Lind, named the Dave Oberkircher Future Leader Scholar; Seth Reynolds, named the Franklin Wheeler Scholar; and Varun Patel, named the USI Insurance Scholar.


Jon Alessandro Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Finance/Accounting
Arianna Alexander University of Florida Business Administration
Camryn Anonson Iowa State University Marketing
John Babicke St. Johns University Risk Management and Insurance
Julia Berdzik St. Joseph’s University Risk Management & Insurance
August Bernsten Colorado State University Finance
Ryan Boffeli University of Iowa Finance
Ally Bordelon University of Louisiana at Lafayette Strategic Communications
Mimi Cabot Tulane University Legal Studies; Management
Tatyana Carmack Georgia State University Finance
Alexandra Chapdelaine The Pennsylvania State University Psychology
Ashley Chipokas The University of Iowa Political Science, Ethics & Public Policy, Pre-Law
Kaden Chumbley Texas Tech University Public Relations
Raniesha Colebrook Georgia State University Risk Management & Insurance, Finance
Will Corbin University of Iowa Finance
Juan Coste Delvecchio Florida State University Finance and Risk Management/Insurance
Matthew Crepeau Bentley University Finance
Morgan Daniels The University of Texas at Austin Economics
Andrew Dunigan Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Joe Eichhorn Loras College Finance
Ryan Farese University of Pennsylvania Mathematical Economics
Carina Fuentes California State University Chico Business Administration Accounting
Daniel Gamba San Jose State University Justice Studies
Jake Gardner University of Mississippi Marketing with an Emphasis in Sales
Courtney Gifford Florida State University Professional Sales/Marketing and Advertising/Communications
Jace Glenn Wartburg College Business Administration
Nicole Groteguth Chico State University Agriculture Business
Dylan Hammond California State University, Chico Business
Juan Henao University of Florida Business Administration- International Business
Cameron Houde University of Maine Marketing & Management
Lizbeth Huertas University of Wisconsin – Madison Risk Management & Insurance and Management & Human Resources
BaoNgoc Huynh University of Oregon Business Administration
Trevor Imm University of Iowa Finance
Francine Jackson Coe College Business Administration
Kristen Joseph Temple University Risk Management & Insurance, Human Resource Management
Kaitlyn Leckband McNeese State University Marketing
Shannon Lind Temple University Risk Management and Insurance
Marie Louise Livanec Baylor University Economics and Management
Lauren Loef California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Business Administration – Marketing Management
Kinley Longest Butler University Risk Management & Insurance
Maricela Lopez Miami University Public Health
Elijah Lucas University of Tulsa Management
Trey Lucas University of Missouri Finance
Sienna Lyford University of California, Irvine Business Administration – Finance
Taylor Martin Purdue University Northwest Finance & Accounting
Bryce McCumber Davenport University Human Resources Management
Maxwell Muehring Iowa State University Marketing
Hunter Mulkey Troy University Risk Management and Insurance
Margaret Murdock University of Notre Dame Mathematics, Business concentration
Evan Neufeld Townson University Marketing
Abigail O’Brien Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance
Mazeed Oluewu University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Communication and Media Studies
Oumalkaire Omar Howard University Finance
Caralynn Orbell St. Norbert College International Business and Spanish
Lily O’Sullivan University of Delaware Economics
Noah Reinstein Butler University Risk Management & Insurance
Seth Reynolds University of Georgia Finance
Anthony Russell Bowling Green State University Insurance and Economics
Grace Searing Temple University Risk Management & Insurance
Laura Shoopman Belmont University Marketing
Maya Sobchuk Macalester College International Studies, Political Science, Legal Studies
Mallory Sprehe University of Louisiana at Monroe Risk Management and Insurance
Shannon Stolte Missouri State University Finance – Corporate & Investments
Maia Thompson Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance
Tina Tran Drake University Health Science Service Management (3+2 MBA Program)
Wentzel van der Berg Colorado State University Corporate Finance and Organization and Innovation Management
Brady Vanover University of North Texas Finance
Jonni VanRite St. Norbert College Business Administration and Integrative Studies
Abigale Vomastek Miami University Marketing
Zoie Walters Olivet College Insurance/Risk Management, and Financial Planning
Jia En Wang University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Econometrics & Quantitative Economics
Olivia Whitten Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach Aviation Business Administration
Kayla Winfrey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Statistics & Econometrics
Megan Witte The Ohio State University Finance
Tingzi Zhang Babson College Finance
Varun Patel The University of Georgia Risk Management and Insurance