NAMIC Mutual Insurance Foundation Scholarship | Recipients


2018

Twenty-six students interested in pursuing careers in risk management and insurance submitted applications for consideration. Ultimately, the scholarship committee chose four students to share a total of $12,000 – $3,000 each – for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Lauren Briskey will enter her senior year at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., this fall as one of the university’s Top 100 Outstanding Students and a repeat honoree of the NAMIC Mutual Insurance Foundation Scholarship – she received a scholarship in 2017. She is well on her way to earning a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and statistics with minors in management information systems and business administration. Briskey serves as president of Butler’s Actuarial Science Club as well as the vice president of chapter administration for the Beta Lambda chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the international fraternity for insurance, risk management, and actuarial science students. Her internship experience includes time spent with Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company and Anthem. According to Zachary Finn, the director of Butler’s Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program, Briskey has “accomplished the impressive feat of having already passed three of her actuarial exams.”

Brian Fritz is a senior at Philadelphia, Pa.-based Temple University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in risk management and insurance. Fritz says two instances sparked his interest in a career in RMI. One being a traumatic house fire that occurred at his home eight years ago, which he said showed him the value insurance provides to society. The second was the introductory risk management course he took during his first semester at Temple. He says he “discover[ed] that topics in insurance were both fascinating and relatable.” Fritz is the director of student affairs for the Temple University chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. Upon graduation in May 2019, Fritz hopes to begin a career at an insurance brokerage, concentrating in commercial lines business.

Ashley Kerr will start her senior year at Central Michigan University when she returns to campus this fall. While her original goal was to pursue a career in music, and be a member of an orchestra, Kerr found a new passion when she began taking actuarial science courses at Central Michigan. She plans to graduate at the end of the fall 2018 semester with bachelor’s degrees in actuarial science and music. Kerr gained industry experience through an internship with Auto-Owners Insurance in 2017. She is actively involved with Central Michigan’s Gamma Iota Sigma chapter, including efforts to establish a GIS Lansing Alumni Council. She plans to become a full-time actuary upon graduation, to pursue the actuarial exam track to become a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and to “be an ambassador for the industry to spread my motivation for pursing meaningful work.”

Harrison Rudolph is entering his senior year at Florida State University with plans to graduate in May 2019 as a double major in risk management and insurance and finance. The insurance industry piqued Rudolph’s interest because he sees unlimited career opportunities and the chance to help people and businesses “function without fear in the face of potential catastrophe.” He has served Florida State’s Gamma Iota Sigma chapter as vice president of finance and gained valuable work experience during internships with FCCI Insurance Group, Mallitz Investment Group, and Professional Benefits, Inc. After graduation, Rudolph plans to pursue a career as an underwriter in the surplus lines sector and do his best to “correct the misperception of the industry.”

Previous Recipients

2017

Madison Bemis
University of St. Thomas

Lauren Briskey
Butler University

Austin Elliot
Laingsburg High School

Derric Fray
University of Georgia

Jacob Gutierrez
St. Mary’s University

Megan Keathley
Olivet College

Ryan Mroz
Temple University

Trevor Steiner
Indiana State University

Alejandro Trevino
Olivet College

2016

Madeline Maxwell
Olivet College

Matthew Pauazek
Butler University

Sarah Rumon
University of St. Thomas

Trevor Steiner
Indiana State University

Megan Stenger
Indiana State University

Alejandro Trevino
Olivet College

2015

Justine Betz
Ball State University

Stacy Hoefert
Bradley University

Nancy Le
Temple University Fox School of Business

Leah Lupu
Olivet College

Sarah Rumon
University of St. Thomas

Daniel Smith
The University of Alabama

Marki Wilber
Olivet College

Erika Wolfe
Temple University Fox School of Business

2014

Yancey Hicks
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Jennifer Richey
Missouri State University

2013

Rachel Roberts
Indiana State University

2012

Morgan Godden
Indiana State University

Steven Zappia
Utica College

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