NMSU awards risk management, insurance scholarships

June 3, 2009 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center

The Insurance and Financial Services Center (IFSC) at New Mexico State University’s College of Business has awarded a series of scholarships for students studying risk management and insurance at NMSU.

The IFSC supports students, faculty and industry by promoting research and knowledge as it relates to the field of insurance. The center also facilitates interaction between students and industry, primarily through scholarships and internship programs.

Michael McGonigle was selected as a Spencer Scholar by the Spencer Educational Foundation. The $2,500 award is nationally competitive, with only 33 students chosen among 156 applications. McGonigle also received special recognition as the charter president of Gamma Iota Sigma, a professional fraternity for students interested in international risk management, insurance and actuarial science.

Kathy Murray received the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Scholarship, which covered registration and travel expenses for attending the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in April.

“Only the top risk management and insurance students in the country receive these awards,” said Tim Query, an associate professor in finance at NMSU.

Anna Krylova was selected for the Mountain States Insurance Group Outstanding Student award. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and is now pursuing a career as an actuary in Albuquerque. The Mountain States Insurance Group contributed $1 million toward establishing the Risk Management and Insurance Studies program at NMSU. This is an annual internal award that goes to the top NMSU risk management and insurance student.

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