University Grant Program

The WSIA Education Foundation engages risk management and actuarial science students across the country as part of its mission to support the development of a quality talent pipeline for the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines market. To do this, the Foundation collaborates with more than 100 risk management and actuarial science programs through educational events, scholarships and grants. The grant program has been significantly expanded and now includes a variety of opportunities for financial assistance to universities and students. 

Grant Opportunities 

Friend of the Program ($250-$500 per year) 

The Foundation provides small grants to insurance programs raising funds for their risk management and insurance program or Gamma Iota Sigma chapter through a specific fundraising event, such as a golf tournament. 

  • The Foundation has allocated a total of $10,000 annually in support of the Friend of the Program grants; $5,000 in the fall and $5,000 in the spring and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • Small grant requests are considered only if the benefit accrues directly to the university program and its students rather than a third party. For example, the Foundation does not donate to philanthropic efforts designed to support a third party, such as a local charity. 
  • There is no required form to complete. Grant requests may be emailed to Julie Fritz, or Chris Timmerman, and should include information explaining the grant request and its purpose.

Emerging Program Grants 

The Foundation desires to provide support to burgeoning risk management or actuarial science programs in their first five years of existence. This component of the Foundation’s grant program includes three opportunities for assistance:

WSIA Foundation Extreme Risk Takers Symposium Series Participation for up to four students and one faculty member, at the symposium event closest to the university program. The grant includes:

  • Waiver of registration fees, one night’s shared lodging and a travel stipend (average stipend is $1,000) to cover transportation and meals.
  • Click here for information on symposium dates/locations.
  • The Foundation will make up to four awards per semester. Only one award per university program is permitted annually.
  • Please complete and submit this form to be considered for this grant. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Timmerman,

Application Deadlines
Extreme Risk Takers – Tempe – September 15, 2020
Extreme Risk Takers – Atlanta – October 15, 2020
Extreme Risk Takers – Los Angeles – January 9, 2021
Extreme Risk Takers – Chicago – February 26, 2021
Extreme Risk Takers – Santa Barbara – March 19, 2021

Classroom/GIS Speakers (up to two per semester, with specific focus on the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines market)

On-Campus Career Fair Participation (one per semester)

  • To request participation in a career fair, please complete the College Visit Request Form or contact Chris Timmerman, 

E&S Immersion Grant

All risk management and actuarial science programs are eligible for this grant. In order to be considered, the request must be specifically focused on the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines market through education, an experience or an event. 

  • Up to four grants will be approved per application period, one in the fall and one in the spring. 
  • Please note, the average grant award is approximately $5,000 and the Foundation strives not to be the sole or majority funder of any risk management or actuarial science program. 
  • To be considered, applications must be submitted by the application deadline and the purpose in requesting grant funds must occur after the grant is awarded. It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate how the request will promote visibility, awareness and understanding of the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines market, driving student interest in this unique, exciting segment of the insurance industry.

E&S Immersion Grant required components:

  • Brief description of the request
  • Outline of the goals and objectives of the request
  • Breakdown of funds required to support the request
  • Description of measurable outcomes that will result
  • Proposed reporting on measurable outcomes

Grant requests should be submitted here. Completed proposals will address each of the required components, and only complete proposals should be submitted.


  • Fall 2020 deadline: November 17, 2020 (for awards January – June 2021; awards announced December 11)
  • Spring 2021 deadline: Estimated April 2021 (for awards July – December 2021)