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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.

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. 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. 

Dates to remember:

Application due date: 5/2/2014

Scholarship notification date: 8/1/2014



Meet the 2013 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Recipients


Carmen Abello

University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Blades The Pennsylvania State University
Harrison Bohanon Texas A&M University
Aaron Brown Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Shanara Burke

University of Michigan

David Cann University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marissa Casella University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Miranda Cazares San Diego State University
Christopher Cerpa University of Connecticut
Theophilus Chukwueke, Jr. The Pennsylvania State University
Tiffany Daley University of Connecticut
Gerardo de la Concha New York University
Cristina Fernandez The Pennsylvania State University
Emilio Fuentes University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gregory Gonzalez Drake University
Kristina Henderson Maryville University
Rachel Howell Florida State University
Stefany Jackson Georgia State University
Fuad Ligali The Pennsylvania State University
Davy Lim Ah Tock St. John's University
Alexander Logan Florida State University
Ramsey Lowery Howard University
Megan McPherson Washington State University
Tatenda Mpofu University of Pennsylvania
Michelle Muzulu Drake University
Brandon Noggle University of California, Santa Barbara
Elizabeth Orson University of California, Santa Barbara
Daniel Paz Swarthmore College
Joel Pettus Butler University
Madison Pfaff University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Brigitte Purcell Georgetown University
Philippe Rigaud Robert Morris University
Kelvin Rivera New Jersey Institute of Technology
Jordan Schwartz University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Jacquelyn Spears Purdue University
Ashley Valdez Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Krystel Walker Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Lindsey Whiting University of North Texas
Helen Williams Florida State University
Alicia Young Harvard University

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

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.

"I know that this field of study will be challenging, but receiving this scholarship has given me extra motivation to work hard and to earn this degree."

-Gregory Gonzalez

2013 Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Winner

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