NAAIA Chicago 2020 Insuring Excellence and Ron Allen Award Scholarship Application 

The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) was founded in 1997 by Jerald L. Tillman, LUTCF, in Cincinnati, Ohio. NAAIA Chicago was awarded its charter on June 12, 2003, and remains one of the largest chapters of the organization to date. Our mission is to increase the number of minorities in the insurance industry at both the corporate and agency levels. We serve as a support group to encourage successful career advancement by promoting the highest educational and ethical standards while networking effectively in and outside of the industry. 


In 2006, NAAIA Chicago began our mission to expose young people in our community to the insurance industry by recognizing their positive accomplishments and helping them meet a financial need as they advance their education. Since then, we have awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the Chicagoland area. The 14th Annual NAAIA Chicago Scholarship Luncheon will be held at the Union League Club in Chicago, Illinois on May 14, 2020, and scholarship recipients will be our guests of honor. Through these scholarships, NAAIA Chicago is proud to reach out to the next generation of industry talent. Our theme for 2020 is “Excellence in the Past, Making a Difference in the Future”. In supporting the outstanding academic achievements and personal triumphs of these young people, we cement our legacy and invest in future leaders.


Reward: 1 individual selected from the pool of qualified applicants will be awarded a scholarship for financial assistance during the 2020-21 academic year of $2,500.00 for the Ron Allen Award. 5 individuals selected from the pool of qualified applicants will be awarded a scholarship for financial assistance during the 2020-21 academic year of $2,000.00 each for the Insuring Excellence Awards.


Qualifications: Interested candidates must meet the following criteria to qualify for this award:


- Chicagoland area minority high school senior graduating in Spring 2020 

- GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

- A copy of ACT/SAT scores

- 1 Letter of Recommendation from a school official

- 1 Letter of Recommendation from a community service official

- Proof of college/university admission for Fall 2020

- Complete a narrative of no more than 250 words, discussing one of the following:


What careers in the Insurance Industry are valuable to society and why? 


How has the Insurance Industry impacted you or your loved ones? 


All majors will be considered, but preferred majors are Insurance, Risk Management, Business, Computer Science, Actuarial Science and Finance.

The 6 individuals selected to receive this award will be required to do the following within 1 week of receiving notification from NAAIA in order to receive an award:

  1. Provide written acceptance of the scholarship to

  2. Provide a brief bio for the event program

  3. Provide a quality, business appropriate headshot for the event program

  4. Sign a photo disclaimer to allow NAAIA Chicago to publish student photos


Recipients or a representative of the recipients (preferably a family member local to Chicago) must be available to receive the award in person at the Union League Club in Chicago on May 14, 2020 at 11:30am.


*All applications must be submitted with the required attachments by April 15, 2020 at 11:59pm CST. Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation within 5 minutes of submitting your application, please check your spam/junk folder. All applicants will be notified of their application status by no later than April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm CST.


Interested? Apply here


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