Annual Conference Scholarships

Application Period Is Closed

We are not accepting applications for annual conference scholarships at this time. We expect the application period for URMIA’s 2024 Annual Conference to open in March 2024.

The conference sessions are informative, and the discussions both in and in between sessions are invaluable. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend such a wonderful conference by receiving a scholarship.

Cathy Krane, Director Enterprise Risk Management, University of Oklahoma


The URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program provides valuable educational and networking opportunities for higher education risk management professionals who could not attend the upcoming URMIA annual conference without financial support.



These scholarships are intended for URMIA institutional members who have risk management responsibilities in the risk management office or in any related department at a member college or university.

At least one scholarship will be set aside to recognize those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of higher education risk management and who have demonstrated a dedication to personal growth and leadership through their commitments to education and/or work.

Furthermore, preference will be given to applicants who have not attended any URMIA annual or regional conference in person. URMIA peers serving on the Annual Conference Scholarship Task Force will select scholarship recipients.

2022 Annual Conference Professional Scholarship Winners

2022 Professional Scholarship Recipients

From Left: Jill Bautista, Bill Knight, Jolyn Osborne, Jeremy Lambeth, Jody Sykes (Be the Change recipient), Michelle Bogden Muetzel, Sytovia Dunn.

Not Pictured: Carrie Frandsen and Cathy Krane.



If you have questions after reviewing this page, you may contact Michelle Smith, senior director of events.

Expectations for Recipients


Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to engage with a peer serving as an engagement ambassador and are expected to participate in the following events:

  • URMIA President's Reception on Saturday evening
  • Newcomers Welcome & Orientation session late Sunday afternoon
  • Opening Reception on Sunday evening
  • Lunch and general session on Tuesday


Scholarship recipients are expected to submit a testimonial in writing or on video within two weeks after the conference.


Use of Funds

Recipients of this year's scholarships may only use the funds to attend the 2023 URMIA Annual Conference in Baltimore. Each recipient of a full scholarship is expected to submit receipts for eligible expenses up to $2,000. Each recipient of a travel scholarship is expected to submit receipts for eligible expenses up to $1,000*. Eligible expenses include the following and will be covered in this order:

  • The registration fee for the Full Conference Experience
  • A maximum of four nights at the conference hotel*
  • Travel expenses to, from, and in the conference city*
  • Other expenses (e.g., Meet & Greet meal, parking garage, etc.)

Reimbursements will be made in the order above. Receipts will be required. Please review URMIA's travel policy.

* Eligible expenses for travel scholarship



URMIA is grateful to sponsors for support that makes this opportunity possible.

Logo for Bob McCloskey Insurance Company

Logo for FM Global

Logo for Gallagher

Logo for Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company

Logo for Marsh

Logo for McGriff

Logo for Munich RE


Support is also provided from the proceeds of the annual conference raffle. Thank you to those who donate items and purchase tickets!