Posted on 26 Jun 07
InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier school-to-work program, has awarded $43,000 in scholarships to 42 college-bound students pursuing insurance-related degrees. The national educational program also honored a teacher and an industry volunteer for their outstanding contributions.
Each year, InVEST develops a diverse pool of industry professionals by educating high school and community college students about insurance, risk management and financial services.
“InVEST is leading the response to one of the independent agency system’s most significant needs: the training and hiring of quality personnel,” said Patrick Moore, chair of the National InVEST Board of Directors and principal of Antalek & Moore, an independent agency in Beacon, N.Y. “Every InVEST graduate is a potential star for an agency, company or other industry-related organization.”
Earlier this year, 150 scholarship hopefuls across the country submitted essays describing the influence and benefits InVEST had on their educational plans. The quality of the essay, combined with the applicant’s grade-point average, extracurricular activities and college entrance exam scores, 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.
The scholarships are funded through proceeds generated by the InVEST Silent Auction held each year in conjunction with the Independent Insurance Agents & Broker’s (IIABA) Legislative Conference & Convention. The recent auction raised $31,000, with attendees bidding on trips, jewelry, gadgets, sporting events and more. Items were donated by insurance carriers, agents and brokers, IIABA and its state affiliates, and other industry organizations. Another $12,000 was raised from the first-ever live auction held at the same conference. The winning bidder received tickets, airfare and hotel accommodations to the College Football Bowl Championship Series National Title Game in New Orleans, being held January 2008.
This year’s scholarship winners hail from Florida, Connecticut, New York and California.
Six students were awarded $2,000 scholarships:
Arielle Baldasarri, Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Courtney Baxter, Westside Tech, Winter Garden, Fla.
Joseph Bolich, St. Petersburg Catholic High, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Brittany Coughlin, St. Petersburg Catholic High, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Justin Taylor, Samuel W. Wolfson High, Jacksonville, Fla.
Andrew Winner, Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Scholarships of $1,500 were awarded to seven students:
Gregory Coffman Jr., Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Caitlyn Durbin, Dryden High School, Dryden, N.Y.
Megan Haskins, Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Zachary Hollis, Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Lindsey McCutcheon, Dryden High School, Dryden, N.Y.
Wilson Perez Jr., Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Eric Roberts, St. Petersburg Catholic High, St. Petersburg, Fla.
A dozen students received $1,000 scholarships:
Katlyn DeLaurentis, Charles O. Dickerson High, Trumansburg, N.Y.
Delaney Dickson, Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Ashley Dingee, East Hartford High, East Hartford, Conn.
Kelcee Feitlin, Timber Creek High School, Orlando, Fla.
Jourdan Gabriel, Palmetto High School, Palmetto, Fla.
Katrina Gonzalez, Barbara Goleman Senior High, Miami, Fla.
Ashley Hill, Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, Conn.
Thomas Judson II, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Fla.
Ryan Magura, Timber Creek High School, Orlando, Fla.
Lavaris Nelson, Samuel W. Wolfson High, Jacksonville, Fla.
John Neusaenger, Boone High School, Orlando, Fla..
Bruno Rivera, Timber Creek High School, Orlando, Fla.
The 17 recipients of $500 scholarships are: