Pryor selected for Indiana Farm Bureau scholarship

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2009-01-21
Huntington, Ind.—Through an annual scholarship program, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is actively encouraging students at Indiana’s independent colleges and universities to pursue careers in the insurance profession. This program, managed by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, recently awarded its second round of scholarships to students majoring in business, insurance or another insurance-related field.

The 2008 recipients of $1,500 scholarships were Lindsay Pryor of Huntington University and Randi Shellman of University of Saint Francis. Pryor is an entrepreneurial/small business major from Sheridan, Ind. She and Shellman were selected by a review panel of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance representatives.

“If one graduate of an independent college remains in Indiana as a result of these scholarships, I would consider the program a resounding success,” said Rick Nelson, public affairs director for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. “It would be even better if that graduate pursues a career in the insurance industry.”

“Now more than ever, we know that there is a critical need for financial assistance, such as this scholarship, for worthy students," said Hans Giesecke, ICI president and CEO. "That need was reflected this year in a significant increase in the number of applications for this award. We also know that our colleges and universities are well-positioned to help Indiana address the need for high-quality insurance professionals because of the strong business and finance-related programs offered on our campuses.”

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, organized in 1934 by Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., has grown to include insurance products for auto, life, home, business and farm. Banking and other financial services and products also are available through its local offices. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance serves Hoosiers through an extensive network of more than 480 agents and 1,400 employees living and working throughout the state. With a home office in downtown Indianapolis and local offices in all 92 counties, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is the largest writer of farm insurance and the second largest writer of personal lines insurance in the state.

Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation that represents the state’s 31 non-profit, accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions of higher education. ICI member institutions enroll more than 83,000 students (approximately 23 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 34 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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