January 25, 2017

Scholarships available for Missouri students pursuing insurance industry careers

Deadline to apply is March 31

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Insurance reminds Missouri high school seniors and current college students that the application deadline for Missouri Insurance Education Foundation (MIEF) scholarships is March 31.

Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who will be enrolling in insurance, risk management or actuarial science courses on a full-time basis at an accredited Missouri college or university. Five $2,000 scholarships and one $2,500 scholarship will also be awarded to college juniors or seniors majoring in insurance or a related field at a Missouri college or university.

"The MIEF scholarships present Missouri students with a great opportunity to offset the cost of furthering their education. I encourage students interested in the insurance industry to apply,” said Missouri Insurance Director John M. Huff. "Missouri’s insurance markets are strong and offer a wide range of careers."

The Judy Bish Scholarship Award, one of the five $2,000 scholarships that will be awarded to a college junior or senior, is named in memory of a longtime employee of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents. The $2,500 C. Lawrence Leggett Scholarship, which will also be awarded to a college junior or senior, was named in memory of the longest-serving director of the Department of Insurance. He also served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 1955 and was the last Missouri insurance director to do so prior to Director Huff serving as NAIC president last year.

Additional instructions and applications for the scholarships are available on MIEF's website. MIEF was formed as a non-profit corporation in March 1991, to promote public insurance education. MIEF provides its services based solely upon contributions and proceeds of special events. The foundation is guided by an all-volunteer board of directors, which includes representatives from the insurance, legal, and academic fields and from the general public.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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