AIRROC in conjunction with the NextGen Council is excited to present the 2022 Trish Getty Scholarship to Lori-Ann Knight. Lori-Ann is a sophomore at Howard University in Washington D.C. She is majoring in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science. Additionally, she is pursuing a minor in computer science.
Established in 2012, the $5,000 annual scholarship is in honor of Trish Getty, the founding Executive Director of AIRROC. The main purpose of the scholarship is to reward exceptional undergraduate students studying insurance, risk management or actuarial science. Students apply by submitting an essay, which is reviewed by a subcommittee of AIRROC board members to select the winner. This year we made a concerted effort to broaden the geographic outreach of the scholarship applicants and we were not disappointed. Lori-Ann stood out for her excellent academics, leadership, and involvement in many extracurriculars. We had an opportunity to get to know her at the 2022 AIRROC Legacy Transactions & Networking Forum in Jersey City, where she was presented with the award and gave an inspiring acceptance speech.
A career in insurance is not a common ending point for many people in Lori-Ann’s home country of Jamaica. However, her early love of and capabilities in math have led her to pursue a path in insurance. Her commitment to insurance was validated after she attended a Casualty Actuarial Society mentor-led summer program. This program gave her a glimpse into the interesting and friendly people who work in insurance and the diverse problems the industry deals with every day. Lori-Ann strongly believes in the purposeful values that insurance provides. Along those lines, she thinks it is imperative not just to pursue a major that opens up career opportunities in the insurance industry, but to be an ambassador of the industry to get the word out about its great opportunities and societal impact. These are the attributes of future leaders in our industry and Lori-Ann represents them in spades.
Beyond just academics, Lori-Ann is very active outside the classroom. She is a social media manager for Gamma Iota Sigma, the vice president of the Rotaract Club, and a member of the Caribbean Student Association. In her pursuit to eventually join the insurance industry, she is keen to pay it forward and encourage others to explore a career in insurance.
AIRROC is excited for Lori-Ann and can’t wait to see what she does in the insurance industry.