Dr. William T. Hold Scholarship Program

The Dr. William T. Hold Scholarship Program was created in 2012 following a generous donation from Dr. William T. Hold and The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. The program provides financial support to College of Business students pursuing a Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance (MS-RMI). The recipients of these scholarships, known as Hold Scholars, include industry professionals with varied experiences and backgrounds. Past Hold Scholars continue to engage with the program and serve as guest speakers and presenters, as well as assist in the placement of current undergraduate and graduate students.

  Meet the 2020 Hold Scholars

The information below is based on current information at the time of being a Hold Scholar.

Jennifer Baker

Associate Dean, Florida Southwestern State College School of Business & Technology
Fort Myers, Florida

Gabriel F. Carrillo

Consultant, Self-Employed
Bloomington, Illinois

Sarah Dugan

Bureau Chief, Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations
Tallahassee, Florida

Rachel Hindin

Risk Associate, The First National Bank of Long Island, Glen Head New York
Oceanside, New York

Alexander Orfandes

Senior Office Claims Representative, Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Tallahassee, Florida

Keith Pic

Assistant Director of Claims, North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund
Bismarck, North Dakota

Jay Spillet

Director of Risk Management, Savage Service, NEIL Services
Salt Lake City, Utah

Daniel Robinson

Senior Loss Prevention Engineer, NEIL Services
Wilmington, Delaware

Patrick Stephens

Associate Underwriter, Sigma Underwriting Managers
Hollywood, Florida

  Meet the 2019 Hold Scholars

The information below is based on current information at the time of being a Hold Scholar.

Sharon Brown

Vice President, Assurant, Inc.

Kyle Drawdy

Enterprise Risk Manager, Florida College System Risk Management Consortium
Gainesville, Florida

Jody Evans

Agent & Owner, State Farm Insurance
Las Vegas, Nevada

Danielle Greschuk

Senior Claims Adjuster, ASI
Tampa, Florida

Richard Lauria

Senior Vice President of Global Risk Modeling & Insurance Purchasing, Assurant, Inc.
New York, New York

Jodi-Ann Livingstone

Chief Counsel – Financial Institutions, Florida Office of Financial Regulation
Tallahassee, Florida

Olessya Moretti

Analyst, Canadian Federal Government
Ottawa, Canada

Dana Telljohann

Commercial Lines Underwriting Assistant, Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Cincinnati, Ohio

Ron Veccera

Senior Manager of Risk Management & Administrative Services, Chugach Electric Association, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska

Derek Wojciak

Counsel, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
Iowa City, Iowa

  Meet the 2018 Hold Scholars

The information below is based on current information at the time of being a Hold Scholar.

Sharon Brown

Vice President, Assurant, Inc.

Kyle Drawdy

Enterprise Risk Manager, Florida College System Risk Management Consortium
Gainesville, Florida

Jody Evans

Agent & Owner, State Farm Insurance
Las Vegas, Nevada

Anthony Figueroa

Producer, LINQ Risk Management
Coral Gables, Florida

Matthew Kelly

Vice President International Casualty Facultative, Everest Re
Miami, Florida

Stephanie McFadden

Operations Finance Manager, United Way of Big Bend
Tallahassee, Florida

Kevin Moran

Account Service Manager, Starr Companies
Chicago, Illinois

Brittany Pitcher

Financial Advisory Associate, Deloitte Caribbean and Bermuda
Hamilton, Bermuda

Tristan John Rainone

Senior Claims Examiner, Liberty Mutual
Boston, Massachusetts

Dana Telljohann

Commercial Lines Underwriting Assistant, Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Cincinnati, Ohio

  Meet the 2017 Hold Scholars

The information below is based on current information at the time of being a Hold Scholar.

Sean J. Baier

Senior Software Engineer, Capgemini
Columbia, South Carolina

Leldon Bulkley

Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management, Safety and Benefits, Sun Holdings
Farmers Branch, Texas

Garrett Chandler

Team Lead in Commercial Claims, Allstate Insurance
Irving, Texas

Alivia Cooper

Marketing Underwriter, Amerisure Insurance Company
Tampa, Florida

Matthew Kelly

Vice President International Casualty Facultative, Everest Re
Miami, Florida

Matthew Loranger

Senior Produce Line Underwriter, Chubb
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Raul Loys

Sales Manager, Aetna
Miami, Florida

Tristan John Rainone

Senior Claims Examiner, Liberty Mutual
Boston, Massachusetts

Juan Ramos

Senior Account Manager, Bolton & Company
Pasadena, California

Ann Marie Rybka

Assistant Vice President, Global Aerospace
Bernardsville, New Jersey

  Meet the 2016 Hold Scholars

The information below is based on current information at the time of being a Hold Scholar.

Alberico (Al) J. Bryant

CFO, Lipscomb & Pitts
Memphis, Tennessee

Garrett Chandler

Team Lead in Commercial Claims, Allstate Insurance
Irving, Texas

Alivia Cooper

Marketing Underwriter, Amerisure Insurance Company
Tampa, Florida

Ryan Daniele

Client Executive in the Risk Management Department, MJ Insurance
Indianapolis, Indiana

Melodee S. Dixon

Senior Vice President – Underwriting & Operations, MedMal Direct Insurance Company
Jacksonville, Florida

Robin S. Joines

Vice President, Risk Management, Sedgwick
Memphis, Tennessee

Christopher Iannelli

Divisional Assistant Vice President, Great American Insurance Group
Cincinnati, Ohio

Dominique Reed

Underwriting Specialist, Auto-Owners Insurance Company

Carlos Rodriguez

Property and Engineering Underwriter, XL Catlin
Miami, Florida

Jamie Moser Smith

Insurance Agent, Ewing, Blackwelder & Duce Insurance Inc.
Bartow, Florida

 

  Criteria and Program Requirements

Hold Scholars are selected each year based on a variety of factors, including professional experience, academic performance, financial need and industry engagement including participation in The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research programs such as the CIC, CRM and CSR designations. Both existing and incoming MS-RMI students are considered. Existing students must be in good academic standing.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • Scholarship awards are for the academic year and are distributed through Financial Aid in two equal installments, one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester.
  • Students must be enrolled for the full suggested course load (two courses in both the fall and spring semesters) to receive the full award. Students taking a reduced load will receive a pro-rated portion of the scholarship.

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

  • New students must be accepted to the MS-RMI graduate program and indicate intent to enroll before the scholarship deadline to be considered.
  • Scholarship applications from current and prospective master’s students are due by April 1 each year.

For additional information on this and other scholarship opportunities for graduate students, visit business.fsu.edu/students/scholarships/graduate.

  Contact

Cassandra Cole

Dr. William T. Hold Professor in Risk Management and Insurance, MS-RMI Program Director and Chair, Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies
(850) 644-9283
ccole@business.fsu.edu

Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management & Insurance
Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies
College of Business
Florida State University
821 Academic Way, Suite 313
P.O. Box 3061110
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1110


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About Dr. William T. Hold

Dr. William T. Hold is the co-founder, executive chairman and retired president of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. He was named to the prestigious Insurance Newscast’s annual list of the “100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry” six years in a row, and in 2011, he received the Dr. Henry C. Martin Award of Industry Achievement. Prior to co-founding The National Alliance, Dr. Hold held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Texas. He has authored several books on industry-related topics and his articles have been published in insurance-related academic and trade journals. Dr. Hold earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

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