IRUA Announces Scholars Program Winners for 2019!

January 22nd, 2020

We are pleased to announce the recipients of an IRUA Scholarship Award for 2019.  Of the essays received this year, the Scholarship Committee, comprised of representatives from seven member companies, selected the following three authors and papers:

First Place:   Zubyn D’Costa of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and who also interned with Munich Reinsurance America, for her essay entitled: “Mitigating Food Risks In The New World

Second Place: Nadezhda Karkelanova of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and who interned with Munich Reinsurance America in Princeton, N.J. for her essay entitled:  “Meet Meat: How New Innovations In Agriculture Could Affect The (Re)insurance Industry”

Third Place:  Liam Hettinger of DePaul University in Illinois and who interned with Arch Re in Hoffman Estates, Illinois for his essay entitled: “Mergers and Acquisitions In The Eye of Storm

Thanks to the generosity of our members a total of $10,000 has been disbursed to these awardees to assist in furthering their educational studies.

IRUA’s President, Andrew Downing, said:

“We congratulate our winners and are grateful to IRUA member companies who have strongly funded this program that financially assists the efforts of these students who have already interned with an IRUA member company. IRUA is committed to supporting and encouraging college-attending students to gain a better knowledge of our important industry and which will encourage new entrants into the property and casualty reinsurance and insurance industry in the coming months and years. “  

Over the course of the next 12 months each paper will be published in the IRUA’s Journal of Reinsurance, which is available as a benefit of membership or as a paid subscription. The unique Journal has, over the past 26 years, provided over 400 articles on technical reinsurance texts; financial related articles; current, emerging & potentially future risk explanations & analysis and is used by, among others, The Institutes as a source for CPCU study materials and by attorneys as a source of expert reference. All articles are available to members and subscribers in the “JOR Archive” section of our website.

For more information regarding the Scholars Program or becoming a member of the IRUA, please contact Jerry Wallis, IRUA Executive Director, at