ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York Insurance Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (NYISF) has named Diego Delgado from Minoa, N.Y. and Lily Fitzpatrick from Whitestone, N.Y. as the foundation’s 2021–2022 New York Insurance Scholars. Delgado is a junior at Le Moyne College majoring in risk management and insurance, finance, and information systems. Fitzpatrick is a senior at St. John’s University majoring in risk management and insurance and minoring in Asian studies.

“The New York Insurance Scholarship Foundation appreciates the opportunity to provide support and elevate the educational experience of budding insurance professionals like Diego and Lily.” Ellen Melchionni, president of NYISF said. “These New York Insurance Scholars have already achieved notable accomplishments in academia and show great promise for their professional careers in insurance.”

New York Insurance Scholars is a new program, which expands the work of the foundation and enhances the support provided to students by offering a $5,000 annual scholarship for up to two years—a total of a $10,000 award. The program also includes mentorships with seasoned insurance leaders, resources for potential job or internship opportunities and visibility and networking with industry executives.

The foundation was created to encourage scholastic achievement, community involvement and a commitment to advancing the insurance industry. “These students exemplify all of these qualities,” Melchionni said. “Diego and Lily have immersed themselves in their professional and local communities while maintaining admirable grade point averages.”

Fostering and investing in the development of our future leaders has a direct correlation to the success of the insurance and risk management industry of tomorrow. “The insurance industry has been and will remain a viable and necessary field of employment,” Melchionni said. “The cultivation of new talented leaders is critical to the future of the industry as technology and consumer needs are ever-evolving.”

The New York Insurance Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (NYISF) is a charitable organization initiated by the property and casualty insurance industry that supports students interested in pursuing a career in insurance. The foundation is affiliated with the New York Insurance Association, Inc.