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Florida students dominate 2016 list of InVEST scholarship recipients

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Florida students accounted for 53 percent of the national InVEST scholarships awarded in 2016, an accomplishment that serves as a testament to the agency volunteers and teachers who continue to support and promote the Big “I” national insurance education program.

This year, InVEST awarded $73,500 in scholarships to 79 students pursuing insurance-related degrees. Scholarship recipients represent 23 high schools, colleges and universities in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, and Ohio.

Scholarship hopefuls from across the country submitted essays describing the influence and benefits of InVEST for their educational plans. Selection factors included essay quality, the applicant’s GPA and their extracurricular activities. Florida’s scholarship winners are:

$3,000 Scholarship Winner 

  • Kyle Sahadeo, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland 

$2,000 Scholarship Winners 

  • Stephen Butler, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Noah Sinclair, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Jason Waldinger, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

$1,500 Scholarship Winners:

  • Arvinda Bissessar, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Justine Carlbert, Palmetto High School in Palmetto
  • Kasey Kuhrts, Palmetto High School in Palmetto
  • Kristin Recker, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Diamond Reed, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Tyler Sheradsky, Cooper City High School in Cooper City
  • Marcus Wilson, Manatee High School in Bradenton

$1,000 Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Riley Bell, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Denielle Breeds, Groton High School in Groton, New York
  • Diana Bronson, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Clara Cambra, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • Enzo Cespedes-Correa, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • Colton Cook, Manatee High School in Bradenton
  • Charles de Jager, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Kelsey Ferguson, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Elyssa Hauptman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
  • Jacob Hunter, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Zachary Justice, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • Brandon O'Dell, Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando
  • James Payne, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Hector Ravelo, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • CoreySzewczyk, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Rylee Witherington, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Savanah Woodhall, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs

$500 Scholarship Winners:

  • Anna Araujo, Manatee High School in Bradenton
  • Justin Brodsky, Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs
  • Shayna Cohen, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
  • Matthew Davila, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Kathryn Dignman, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Nicholas D'Souza, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
  • Hueston Duff, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Matthew Fluke, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Tyler Greene, Palmetto High School in Palmetto
  • Alexsandra Herrera, Coral Gables High School in Coral Gables
  • Hannah Schafer, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Alison Simbana, Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines
  • Thomas Verzi, William R. Boone High School in Orlando
  • Victoria Verzi, William R. Boone High School in Orlando

To get involved with InVEST, please contact Jeff Odom or Jason Levine. For more details, visit the InVEST national website. 

Florida students dominate list of InVEST scholarship recipients

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InVEST—the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program—has awarded $77,000 in scholarships to 88 students representing 32 high schools, colleges, and universities in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Florida InVEST students accounted for 62 percent of the national scholarships awarded, totaling $51,000!

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 that teaches students about insurance agency and company dynamics. At the college level, the program develops students’ risk management and financial analysis skills. Along with direct contributions, scholarships are funded through proceeds generated by the InVEST Silent and Live auctions held in conjunction with the Big “I” Legislative Conference.

To be considered, students from 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 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.

Congratulations to the following Florida scholarships winners, and many thanks to the teachers and agency volunteers who helped make this opportunity possible.

$3,000 Bob Betters Scholarship Winners:

  • Brooke Coughlin, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Jessica England, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland

$2,000 Scholarship Winners:

  • Rebecca Cleppe, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Claire Collins, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Quinn Christian Cotilla, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Catherine De Freitas, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Ayme Ibarra, Manatee High School, Bradenton
  • Zachary Shuman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Matthew Sullivan, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Jeremy Tromer, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Shawn Varughese, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Emilio Ycaza, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg

$1,000 Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Sawmon Abossedgh, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Sarah Elizabeth Fuss, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Khalil Garcia, Palmetto High School, Palmetto
  • Kenan Ghibih, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Megan Zenovia Gibson, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Lucy Gomez, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Wesley Harper, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Stephanie McCann, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Devin P. Miller, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Chantelle Mnayarji, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs
  • Tyler Sheradsky State University, Tallahassee
  • Tiffany Travis, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg

$500 Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Andres Alvarez, University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • Lucy Baez, Coral Gables High School, Miami
  • Allan Bekerman, Cooper City High School, Cooper City
  • Danielle Columbus State University, Tallahassee
  • Parker Shaw Del Medico, Cardinal Mooney High School, Sarasota
  • Libby Feldman, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Samantha Galloway, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Shannon Greenwald, Manatee High School, Bradenton
  • Andrew James Haddad, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Lauren Hausman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Katie Heard, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Jonathan Michael Juchtman, Cooper City High School, Cooper City
  • Nathan Keen, Manatee High School, Bradenton
  • Liam Mass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Rachel Mentzer, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Coral Miller, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Tyson Muniz, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Dora Muratovic, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Lindsay Perrin, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Justin Petrelli , William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Cianna Piercey, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Ariana Plaza, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Michelle Price, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs
  • Gabrielle Sarah Reiff, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Genevieve Rexford, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Parker Addison Rhoads, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Tilley Elizabeth Van Dyke, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Zackary Weiss, Marjory Stoneman, Douglas High School, Parkland

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.

FAIA collects three awards at Big ‘I’ Fall Meeting

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Political action and community involvement are hallmarks of FAIA’s Young Agents Council members, and their hard work earned them two awards at the Big “I” Leadership Conference, held last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. FAIA’s YAC was recognized for Outstanding InVEST Support and Outstanding Political Involvement.

Also earning accolades at the conference was FAIA’s Education department, which earned an Excellence in Insurance Education Diamond award for the fifth consecutive year. The award recognizes state associations and staff who have made significant contributions to education for their members and the industry in the key area of class offerings, continuing education (CE), professionalism, designation offerings, industry collaboration, planning goals, marketing, resources, and more.

Florida students receive more than half of the scholarships awarded by InVEST

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InVESTInVEST—the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program—has awarded $87,000 in scholarships to 70 students representing 17 schools from eight states. Florida InVEST students accounted for 64 percent of the scholarships awarded!

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 that teaches students about insurance agency and company dynamics. At the college level, the program develops students’ risk management and financial analysis skills. Along with direct contributions, scholarships are funded through proceeds generated by the InVEST Silent and Live auctions held in conjunction with the Big “I” Legislative Conference.

To be considered, students from 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 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.

Congratulations to the following Florida scholarships winners, and many thanks to the teachers and agency volunteers who helped make this opportunity possible.

Bob Betters Scholarship ($5,000) Winner 

Erin Dudley, William R. Boone High School, Orlando

$3,000 Scholarship Winners 

Andres Alvarez, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
Manuel Carmona, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Gabrielle Cotilla, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Sean Coughlin, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Madeline Haller, Manatee High School, Bradenton
Tyler Moffit, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando

$2,000 Scholarship Winners 

Diana Estrada, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Jenna Renaud, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg

$1,000 Scholarship Winners 

Chloe Beemer, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Margaret Brown, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Chris Caplan, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
James Dawson, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Megan DeVice, Manatee High School, Bradenton
Melanie Ferreira, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Reilly Gibbons, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Gretchen Gutierrez, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Ronald Heinkel, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Daniel Hurtado, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Tai Lam, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Montana Marshall, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Soyoung Moon, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs
Tristan Sanders, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Zachary Schaja, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
Tess Schneeberger, Manatee High School, Bradenton
Kevin Schoeppler, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
John Slater, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Stephanie Steinhauser, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland

$500 Scholarship Award Winners 

Kristen Chucri, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Dylan Endlich, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
Brett Fielder, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
Ragan Hagaman, Manatee High School, Bradenton
Connor Haughey, Manatee High School, Bradenton
Jerick Johnston, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Vicki Lang, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Kamaye Nichols, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs
Shazid Rahman, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
Maria Rangel, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Zachary Robinson, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
Pierce Smith, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
Danielle Trinkler, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
Joseph Uhatafe, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
Paris Williams, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs
Simon Wilson, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
Aaron Witt, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando

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. 

Dr. Phillips teacher named 2014 InVEST Teach of the Year

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ZupkoffAdam W. Zupkoff of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando is the 2014 InVEST Teacher of the Year.

“Great teachers like Adam Zupkoff are the backbone of the InVEST program, which provides much needed financial literacy education and is critical for the success of the industry,” said Robert G. Slocum, CPCU, CIC, InVEST board chair and president of The Slocum Agency, Inc., an independent agency in Warwick, R.I. “Mr. Zupkoff’s dedication to his students and InVEST has resulted in a wonderfully successful program at Dr. Phillips High School. We are honored to present him with this year’s InVEST Program Teacher of the Year award.”

A popular teacher and 20-year teaching vetern, Zupkoff was secretly nominated by his students. He earned a bachelor's degree at Bentley College and a master’s in education at Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he holds the highest teacher certification level from the National Board Certified Teachers. Zupkoff, an eternal student, has also taken courses at St. Johns University’s Insurance Education Institute for Middle School and High School Teachers and all the teacher programs offered by the Foundation for Teaching Economics.

Florida has a strong InVEST presence, with programs in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and other cities; and Florida students consistently earn the lion's share of InVEST scholarships. 

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. Learn more about InVEST.