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The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students.


Congratulations to the 2015 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Recipients!


Shelby Allen Michigan State University
David A. Ariyibi Jr. Williams College
Albert Appouh Rutgers University
Abena D. Adusei Morgan State University
Daniel Dean Braga Alonzo University of California-Berkeley
Akin Bruce Rice University
Andres Estevan Canas University of Florida
Christopher Cerpa University of Connecticut
Karina Cuadro Temple University
Ilya DaCosta Florida State University
Juanita Fatola Baruch College
Myranda Flores University of California-Santa Barbara
Frederick Gillespie Carleton College
Shierly Rivera-Guzman University of Texas-San Antonio
Kristina Henderson Maryville University
Zachary Herrera University of St. Thomas
George K. Kamau Maryville University
Andrew Lear University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Lee University of California-Santa Barbara
Gabrielle Moss Johns Hopkins University
Evelyn Mutagaywa Drake University
Michelle Muzulu Drake University
Alicia Nguyen University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joel Pettus Butler University
Anthony Pullano Drake University
Aaron Puntriano Illinois State University
Keric Rolle University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Amauir Ross Dartmouth College
Lenin Sandoval University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jordan Schwartz University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Nikaya Smith The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Yves Justin Tiendrebeogo Robert Morris University
Tano Toussaint University of Georgia
Nyambe Kema Tuchscherer University of Notre Dame
Lindsey Whiting University of North Texas
Jevaughn Williams St. John's University
Makisha Williams Milwaukee School of Engineering
Omari Williams University of Central Florida
Edgar Zimmerman, Jr. University of North Carolina Charlotte

Click here to see Actuarial Diversity Scholarship recipients from previous years.

Become an Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Mentor

All Actuarial Diversity Scholarship applicants are given the option to request a mentor. Interested in providing guidance to a future actuary? Please fill out this form and send to Debbie McCormac, Thanks for your support!

Application Information:

Each applicant must fulfill all the requirements listed below:

  1. Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession
  2. Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander
  3. Will be a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses       
  5. Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 600

Actuarial exams will be an important factor in evaluating scholarship qualifications for applicants entering their junior year and beyond. Additionally, exams passed will also be a consideration for previous award recipients applying to renew the scholarship.

Award levels:

$1,000 – high school senior applying for freshman year;

$2,000 – college freshman applying for sophomore year

$3,000 – college sophomore applying for junior year; and

$4,000 – college junior applying for senior year

The award will be divided to cover multiple semesters or other terms comprising the academic year. All scholarship awards are made payable to the U.S. accredited educational institution. Recipients attending school for a portion of the upcoming year (e.g., one semester) will receive the corresponding portion of a full year scholarship amount.


Each eligible scholarship applicant, whether or not a scholarship is awarded, may request an actuarial mentor as a personal resource to answer questions about the actuarial field, actuarial exams and to offer assistance in pursuit of a career in the actuarial profession. 



*Please note: The next scholarship application period will begin January 1, 2016.


History of the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship was formed in 1977 as a joint effort by the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries and has opened the door to the actuarial profession for hundreds of minority students. In 2008, this scholarship program was transferred to The Actuarial Foundation to further strengthen, increase and assure the continuation of a diverse, high-quality actuarial candidate pool.


For additional information, contact The Actuarial Foundation at:

The Actuarial Foundation reserves the right to change or discontinue any of the noted scholarship programs at any time and without notice. Award recipients are selected at the sole discretion of the selection committee.

"This scholarship will aid me in advancing my studies in mathematics and statistics to obtain an actuarial designation in the future."

-Nikaya Smith

2015 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Recipient

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