19 Orlando High School Students Receive InVEST Scholarships

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

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 26, 2017–InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, has awarded 19 scholarships to students from two Orlando high schools: William R. Boone High School and Dr. Phillips High School. The program is a key incentive in attracting new talent to the insurance industry which will have an estimated 400,000 open positions by 2020 and faces a critical workforce gap.

$3,000 Scholarship Winner:
• Sophia Brown, William R. Boone High School

$2,000 Scholarship Winner:
• Nathan Wendling, William R. Boone High School

$1,500 Scholarship Winners:
• Emma Calvert, William R. Boone High School
• Celine Choukroun, Dr. Phillips High School

$1,000 Scholarship Award Winners:
• Andrew DeRusha, Dr. Phillips High School
• Brandon McCoy, William R. Boone High School
• Delaney McCabe, William R. Boone High School
• Collier Witt, Dr. Phillips High School

$500 Scholarship Award Winners:
• Janysa Cabrera, William R. Boone High School
• David Caplen, William R. Boone High School
• Zach Conner, Dr. Phillips High School
• Gabrielle Dolan, William R. Boone High School
• Matthew Merriman, Dr. Phillips High School
• Noli Muratovic, William R. Boone High School
• Hunter Reddick, William R. Boone High School
• Chandler Sexton, Dr. Phillips High School
• Christopher Smith, Dr. Phillips High School
• Emily Smith, William R. Boone High School
• Kiara Zambrana, William R. Boone High School

 “InVEST congratulates the 19 students from William R. Boone High School and Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando who are among the 76 students representing 24 high schools, colleges and universities in eight states, earning 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 vital 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. “We 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, InVEST awarded $75,500 to 76 students pursuing insurance-related degrees. The 2017 scholarship winners represent 24 schools and hail from eight states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire and New York.

Click HERE for a complete list of scholarship winners.

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 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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