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Syracuse CPCU Society Chapter Awards Scholarships

Syracuse CPCU Society Chapter Awards Scholarships

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse CPCU Society Chapter awarded $2,500 in scholarships this year.

All applicants were invited to watch a video and name the benefits of earning the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) designation. Applicants also wrote essays about their perception of the risk management and insurance industry, how to change negative impressions of it and ways to address the impending talent gap.

A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Rachel Vercillo. Vercillo graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, New York, with high honors in May of 2016. In the fall of 2016, she will be attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Vercillo’s studies will focus on math and sciences. She is a member of the National Honor Society is involved with Peer Ministry. Vercillo has also excelled in athletics, lettering in women’s lacrosse for the past five years. As a junior, she was named first team All-League and first team Academic All-American. As a senior, Vercillo was named team captain. She also did an internship at Dryden Mutual Insurance, working directly with Robert Baxter, chief executive officer, on insurance-related research studies.

A $500 scholarship was awarded to Lingyun Wu. She graduated from Henan Huangchuan High School, located in Henan, China, and is enrolled in the risk management and insurance program at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego School of Business. After SUNY Oswego, she plans to go to graduate school.

A $1,000 scholarship was also awarded to Daniel Polhamus, who graduated from Liverpool High School. Polhamus is planning to major in actuarial science at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a member of many clubs and organizations, including the Math League, Science Olympiad and National Honor Society. Polhamus is also a member of the Liverpool Symphonic Orchestra and the Liverpool Crew Team. Polhamus has volunteered as a teacher with Christ the King Church for the past four years.

The Institutes are an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that confers the CPCU designation on those who complete eight rigorous courses, pass national examinations and meet the ethics and experience requirements. All CPCUs are required to maintain and improve their professional knowledge, skills and competence through their commitment to the CPCU Code of Professional Conduct.

The CPCU Society is a community of credentialed property-casualty insurance professionals who promote excellence through ethical behavior and continuing education. The Syracuse Chapter was founded in 1959 and has approximately 76 members from Syracuse and the surrounding areas of Central New York.

For more information about the Syracuse CPCU Society Chapter, please visit https://syracuse.cpcusociety.org.

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Published June 17, 2016