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InVEST Awards 79 Academic Student Scholarships

Financial literacy program is key to attracting talent to insurance industry.

InVEST dot.jpgALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 28, 2016 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded $73,500 in scholarships to 79 students pursuing insurance-related degrees. The program is a key incentive in attracting new talent to the insurance industry.

“InVEST congratulates the 79 students representing 23 high schools, colleges and universities in nine states, who earned scholarships this year,” says Cindy Hower, InVEST board chair and president of Kellerman Insurance, an independent agency in Holton, Kansas. “InVEST develops future industry professionals by teaching high school and college students about insurance, risk management and financial services. As a result, students from more than 800 InVEST programs across the country are better equipped to pursue careers in an agency, company or other insurance industry organization.”

InVEST contributes to the education and development of future insurance professionals through academic programs and scholarships. In high schools, the program offers students a business curriculum which teaches them about the dynamics of insurance agencies and companies. At the college level, the program develops students’ risk management and financial analysis skills. Along with corporate and direct contributions, scholarships are funded through proceeds generated by the InVEST Silent and Live auctions held in conjunction with the Independent Insurance Agents & Broker’s (IIABA or the Big “I”) Legislative Conference. 

“A successful InVEST program is critical to the financial literacy of our young people, to the future of the independent agency system and to the insurance industry as a whole,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Many are concerned that the average age of an insurance agent is almost 60 and as baby boomers continue retiring in record numbers, the InVEST program has the potential to replenish our workforce and to produce the next generation of industry professionals and leaders.”
 
This year’s scholarship winners represent 23 schools and hail from California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York and Ohio.

$3,000 Scholarship Winner:
Kyle Sahadeo, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida

$2,000 Scholarship Winners:
Stephen Butler, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Florida
Noah Sinclair, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Jason Waldinger, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida

$1,500 Scholarship Winner
Mitchell Beiter, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Arvinda Bissessar, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Florida
Liam Callahan, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Justine Carlbert, Palmetto High School, Palmetto, Florida
Ciara Gibbs, Zachary High School, Zachary, Louisiana
Kasey Kuhrts, Palmetto High School, Palmetto, Florida
Deepa Naraine, East Hartford High School, East Hartford, Connecticut
Kristin Recker, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Diamond Reed, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Emily Richards, Groton High School, Groton, New York
Tyler Sheradsky, Cooper City High School, Cooper City, Florida
Marcus Wilson, Manatee High School, Bradenton, Florida
Evangeline Watson, Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, California

$1,000 Scholarship Award Winners:
Riley Bell, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Samantha Bennett, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Denielle Breeds, Groton High School, Groton, New York
Diana Bronson, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Clara Cambra, Coral Gables High School, Coral Gables, Florida
Enzo Cespedes-Correa, Coral Gables High School, Coral Gables, Florida
Colton Cook, Manatee High School, Bradenton, Florida
Charles de Jager, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Florida
Kelsey Eggleston, Lake Shore High School, Angola, New York
Kelsey Ferguson, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Natalie Harackiewicz, Newington High School, Newington, Connecticut
Elyssa Hauptman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida
Jacob Hunter, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Florida
Zachary Justice, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Florida
Junior Lloyd, B.E.S.T. Academy High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Erin Mandiak, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Brandon O'Dell, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Florida
James Payne, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Etta Rakoczy, Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, California
Hector Ravelo, Coral Gables High School, Coral Gables, Florida
Bailey Rose, Dryden High School, Dryden, New York
Alexis Ross, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Jessie Smith, B.E.S.T. Academy High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Corey Szewczyk, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Karli Turnwald, Van Wert High School, Van Wert, Ohio
Rylee Witherington, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Daniel Wood, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Savanah Woodhall, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida

$500 Scholarship Award Winners:
Anna Araujo, Manatee High School, Bradenton, Florida
Maleik Blackmon, B.E.S.T. Academy High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Justin Brodsky, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Shayna Cohen, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida
Matthew Davila, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Kathryn Dignman, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Nicholas D'Souza, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida
Hueston Duff, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Katelyn Ercolani, Pinkerton Academy, Derry, New Hampshire
Kevin Finney, Dryden High School, Dryden, New York
Matthew Fluke, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Tyler Greene, Palmetto High School, Palmetto, Florida
Phillip Hawes, Genesee Career Institute, Flint, Michigan
Alexsandra Herrera, Coral Gables High School, Coral Gables, Florida
Claire Herrmann, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Gage Hilton, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Kimberly Horner, McGraw High School, McGraw, New York
Courtney Hurley, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Jenna Johnson, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Justin Maidlow, Eaton RESA, Lansing, Michigan
Robyn Myers, Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, California
Peter Rindfuss, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Emily Salch, Groton High School, Groton, New York
Hannah Schafer, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Lemoñia Schroeter, East Hartford High School, East Hartford, Connecticut
Alison Simbana, Charles W. Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines, Florida
Kathryn Sullivan, Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York
Thomas Verzi, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Victoria Verzi, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
Austin Vyskocil, Groton High School, Groton, New York
Tabias Wimby, B.E.S.T. Academy High School, Atlanta, Georgia
Sam Yager, Groton High School, Groton, New York
 
$500 Classroom to Career Scholars:
Marlene Leduc, Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, California
Iranjala Liyanaarachchi, Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, California
Robyn Myers, Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, California

The Classroom to Career Scholarship was developed for students who would like to enter the insurance industry immediately after graduating from InVEST. These students are eligible for a $500 reimbursement for licensing or designation expenses.

Scholarship hopefuls from across the country submitted essays describing the influence and benefits of InVEST on their educational plans. The quality of the essay, combined with the applicant’s grade-point average and extracurricular activities, were factors in selecting the recipients. Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the institute of higher learning that each student is attending and will be used exclusively for educational expenses. 
 
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.

Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.

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