In a recent announcement by The Institutes, University of Houston Downtown insurance and risk management majors Sarah Smith and Sean Barnett were awarded The Institutes’ President’s Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Scholarships. Based on outstanding academic performance and other stringent guidelines, the annual scholarships are awarded to 100 students chosen from approximately 50 universities in the US offering insurance and risk management programs. The $4,000 scholarship covers costs of CPCU textbooks, course guides, study aids and exam fees within three years for the eight courses needed to complete the CPCU designation.
Smith plans to graduate in December 2018, and Barnett in December 2019. The two Gamma Iota Sigma members have already completed one CPCU course and plan to enroll in additional CPCU courses as part of their IRM major at UHD this fall. They both are currently interviewing for their first industry positions. “I think that attaining the CPCU designation will be an excellent credential for me as I begin my career in the insurance and risk management industry,” Smith stated. “I’m grateful to have the financial support of the Institutes to pursue the designation and to become a member of the elite society of insurance professionals focused on property casualty insurance.”
Both Smith and Barnett have attended monthly meetings of the CPCU Society Houston Chapter over the past academic year and are eligible to waive up to two of the eight national exams, contingent upon earning at least a “B” in the related UHD course. CPCU aspirants may join the Society upon their successful completion of two CPCU national exams. “It will be extremely helpful to become a member of the community of CPCUs in Houston while completing the coursework and taking the national exams,” Barnett observed. “They are a dedicated group of industry professionals who strive for excellence in their profession, and I will be proud to join their ranks.”
“The UHD IRM academic degree program is one of the most industry-relevant programs in education available today,” stated Priscilla Oehlert, the UHD Director, Insurance and Risk Management Center. “This program was one of the first in the nation to join The Institutes’ Collegiate Studies program and offers more CPCU courses than any other program in the nation. UHD students can complete up to seven of the eight required CPCU courses while earning their degree in IRM. Because of the excellent foundation in insurance the program provides, employers are continuously seeking our IRM majors to join their staff.”