Student Conference Scholarships

Accepting Applications

We will accept applications until all six scholarships have been awarded for URMIA's 2022 annual conference. Please read this page thoroughly before submitting your application and additional materials.

 

Questions?

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

Required Documents

In addition to entering information in the application form fields, you must upload the following attachments as PDF documents:

  1. Current unofficial transcript (Spring semester)

  2. Resumé with your work history, extracurricular activities, internships, honors, volunteer involvement, and/or membership in associations related to risk management or insurance (including job titles, offices held, and your responsibilities).

  3. Nomination letter on official letterhead from a faculty member, instructor, advisor, or adult supervisor of a work or internship experience related to your degree program and/or career goals. The letter should include the nominator’s title, contact information, and how that person knows you.

 

Purpose

The URMIA Student Conference Scholarship Program is designed to provide valuable educational and professional connections for college students as they explore the higher education risk management profession. Six scholarships of up to $1,575 each are available.

University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) members include those who work in higher education as well as those who work in the insurance industry and other businesses serving risk managers in the higher education sector. URMIA seeks to support institutional succession planning with activities that introduce the rising generation to this rewarding career path.


Acknowledgement

Logo for the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc.

URMIA is grateful to the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc. for grant support that makes this opportunity possible.

 

Logo for URMIA's 53rd Annual Conference - Indianapolis, IN - September 10-14, 2022
"I felt truly welcomed. Everyone in attendance wanted to know our story, hear our thoughts, and share their wisdom and guidance with us as we embark on our careers."

 

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited institution and have earned 60 credit hours (or equivalent) by June 2022. Undergraduate, graduate, and community college students are welcome to apply.

  • Majoring in risk management or a related field (e.g., business, insurance, finance)

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Be at least 21 years old before arrival at the conference

  • Is not an immediate family member of current URMIA board officers and members, URMIA staff, or URMIA members involved in the selection process

Preference will be given to applicants who are members of URMIA (student memberships are free) and can demonstrate interest through classes taken, jobs, and activities in exploring a higher education risk management position or insurance career with a focus on higher education.

Applications from previous URMIA Student Scholarship recipients will be considered only if fewer than six eligible, first-time applicants have applied.

The URMIA Student Conference Scholarship Selection Task Force will review and select scholarship recipients. Only complete applications will be considered.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited institution and have earned 60 credit hours (or equivalent) by June 2021. Undergraduate, graduate, and community college students are welcome to apply.

  • Majoring in risk management or a related field (e.g., business, insurance, finance)

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Be at least 21 years old before arrival at the conference

  • Is not an immediate family member of current URMIA board officers and members, URMIA staff, or URMIA members involved in the selection process

The applicant shall also disclose any personal, business, or volunteer affiliations that may give rise to a real or apparent conflict of interest with URMIA. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of URMIA (student memberships are free) and can demonstrate interest through classes taken, jobs, and activities in exploring a higher education risk management position or insurance career with a focus on higher education.

Applications from previous URMIA Student Scholarship recipients will be considered only if fewer than six eligible, first-time applicants have applied.

The URMIA Student Conference Scholarship Selection Task Force will review and select scholarship recipients. Only complete applications will be considered.

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

URMIA is pledged to the advancement of higher education risk management and the professional growth of our members. Our conduct is guided by the highest ethical standards. All interactions are characterized by trust, accessibility, diversity, innovation, and camaraderie.

Diversity in the profession facilitates:

  • Attraction of skilled professionals

  • New perspectives/approaches to solving problems

  • Innovation in the development of products and services

  • Improved relationships with campus constituents and affiliates

To that end, 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. See our active Strategic Plan for information about all our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

URMIA encourages applicants with minority backgrounds, unusual education, distinctive experiences, or unique histories to apply. This information allows us to identify a diverse pool of candidates and affirm we have a scholarship recipient who helps us achieve our goal. The individual responses will not be shared with the selection committee.

Expectations

Attendance

Scholarship recipients may attend the entire conference but are only required to participate in pre-conference activities starting in the afternoon on Saturday, September 10, through the conference general session lunch on Tuesday, September 13. This includes:

  • URMIA Presidential Reception on Saturday evening

  • Sunday brunch with a select group of URMIA institutional and insurance industry leaders

  • URMIAcares community service activity or a pre-conference session of interest on Sunday afternoon

  • Newcomers Welcome & Orientation session late Sunday afternoon

  • Opening Reception on Sunday evening

  • Breakfast and Opening General Session on Monday & Tuesday

  • Educational breakout sessions of choice

  • Tuesday Lunch and general session on Tuesday

Reporting

Scholarship recipients are required to submit a post-conference report to URMIA within two weeks after the conference. This reflection may be in writing or on video and should include:

  1. Lessons I learned at the conference

  2. Influential people I met and why

  3. My most important professional takeaway from attending this conference

Additionally, scholarship recipients are required to participate in a “where are they now” update for URMIA members the following spring.

 

URMIA's 2021 Recipients of an Annual Conference Student Scholarship

Student Recipients at the 2021 Annual Conference

From Left: Otto Schroepfer, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Julia Berdzik, Saint Joseph's University; Patrick Polizzi, St. Joseph's University; Susana Gonzalez, University of Houston-Downtown; Eric Asante, University of Colorado-Denver
Not Pictured: Anne Bowen, Indiana State University

 

"I felt truly welcomed. Everyone in attendance wanted to know our story, hear our thoughts, and share their wisdom and guidance with us as we embark on our careers."

 

Use of Funds

This scholarship can only be used to attend the 2022 URMIA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Expenses that a scholarship recipient incurs to attend the annual conference will be reimbursed up to $1,575. Valid expenses include the following:

  • The student member registration fee for the Full Conference Experience

  • A room at the conference hotel for up to four nights

  • Travel expenses to, from, and in the conference city

  • Other expenses (e.g., Meet & Greet meal)

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

 

 

<< Student Recipients at the 2021 Annual Conference

From Left: Otto Schroepfer, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Julia Berdzik, Saint Joseph's University; Patrick Polizzi, St. Joseph's University; Susana Gonzalez, University of Houston-Downtown; Eric Asante, University of Colorado-Denver
Not Pictured: Anne Bowen, Indiana State University