AIRROC in conjunction with the NextGen Task Force is excited to present the Trish Getty Scholarship to Oumou Tounkara.
While the scholarship had significant interest from the many students aspiring to enter the insurance industry, Oumou stood out for her excellent academic performance, leadership and involvement in numerous extracurriculars.
Oumou is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She will graduate in December 2022 with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is pursuing majors in Risk Management and Insurance & Business Intelligence and Analytics. Additionally she is getting a minor in Data Science. In these academic pursuits she has excelled while developing both strong insurance business knowledge as well as a focus on the cutting edge analytical skills needed in the future of our industry.
Oumou embodies the principles of the next generation of insurance practitioners. She has a global perspective, born and raised in Guinea and studying in the US. She speaks four languages, and that’s not even considering the programming languages! Oumou made a compelling case for this scholarship by connecting the value of insurance to the plights of the many small businesses in Guinea. As industry practitioners we can sometimes get lost in the performance metrics and yearly business cycles and lose sight of the ultimate goal and value that insurance provides society. It is special to see the young talent entering the industry making this connection and holding it as a key factor in choosing this great industry for a career.
Beyond academics, Oumou is a leader on many fronts. She is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for the business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. She is also the VIce President of Public Relations for Gamma Lota Sigma. She has held industry positions at AMWINS as an associate account manager and interned at IFG companies as an underwriting analyst.
Established in 2012, the $5,000 annual scholarship is in honor of Trish Getty, the founding Executive Director of AIRROC, to reward exceptional undergraduate students studying insurance, risk management or actuarial science. As part of the application process, students are required to submit an essay and a subcommittee of AIRROC board members selects the winning recipient.
AIRROC is truly impressed by Oumou and can’t wait to see what she does in the insurance industry.