Scholars Committee

The IRUA’s Scholars program gives member companies the opportunity to select their own interns and, if qualified, be eligible for an IRUA monetary essay award.  A simple application form needs to be completed and, once approved, your intern may submit a written essay on a reinsurance themed topic of their choice.  The IRUA Scholars program is funded, mainly, by member companies who have made a voluntarily contribution towards the program.  All contributions to this highly worthwhile program are welcomed by contacting Jerry Wallis, IRUA Executive Director at:

In addition to the Scholarship Essay initiative, the Scholars Committee is working on two areas: 1) an outreach program to universities and colleges to inform and educate students about the reinsurance and related industries and 2) expanded networking/educational opportunities for younger employees.


  • Set criteria for market, review and judge applications an essays for an annual scholarship essay award program for students interning with an IRUA member.  The submitted essay must be on a topic relevant to reinsurance and insurance.
  • Promoting the reinsurance industry through affiliation with key Risk Management & Insurance Schools and speaking engagements by IRUA member company executives.
  • Organizing summer gatherings in the greater NYC area for academics, IRUA member company interns and junior employees (possibly in connection with ReUnder 40s)

Sam DeGiovanni
Ryan Re Underwriting Managers

William Bernens
Arch Reinsurance Company

Dawnmarie Black
Lloyd’s America

Brendan Furlong
Odyssey Re

Danny Hojnowski
Trans Re

Paul Carroll
Markel Global Re

Michael Schummer
Munich Reinsurance America

Mike Sowa
Aspen Group