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Scholarship Recipients

APIW Memorial Scholarships

Giving back to the industry

Each year since 1987, APIW has awarded scholarships to worthy students at The College of Insurance, now St. John’s University, the School of Risk Management. In the latter years, these were given under the name “Lana James Memorial Scholarship,” in honor of a dedicated APIW volunteer and Board Member who died prematurely in 1992. Additional scholarships were also given on behalf of our Chicago Network to the Katie Insurance School of Illinois.

The tragic events of September 11th brought about our desire to create a symbolic and encompassing remembrance. We wished to honor all those within the APIW family who were lost that day and remember those members who have lost their lives prematurely.

In their memory, APIW’s scholarships are now given under the name “APIW Memorial Scholarship” at St. John’s University and the “APIW Lana James Memorial Scholarship” at the Katie School of Insurance.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

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APIW 2014 Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Brittany Sakson

Brittany Sakson is a junior from Pennsylvania, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science at St. John’s University’s Tobin College of Business. Brittany has made an impact in numerous organizations on campus which she absolutely loves being a part of. This year

alone she is Secretary for St. John’s Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the international business fraternity for Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science, Co-Chair of the Elections Committee for Student Government Inc., a Student Ambassador and Discover New York Peer Leader. She has also been very involved in other functions of Student Government as well as heavily committed in Relay For Life and sits alongside faculty within the Professional Development, which allocates money to different students and groups to attend conferences and events to better enhance their college experience, as the

Student Government Inc. Representative. Additionally, Brittany enjoys giving back in any way she can and has participated in a service trip to Denver, Colorado this past spring break to help out in areas that are in poverty. She also has been involved in Lockton’s Risk Leadership Development Program for two years. Through this program, she and other St. John’s students are mentored by a broker at Lockton, and overall, allows her to learn more about the insurance industry, develop to become a well rounded individual, and to give back to the community. Last but not least, she serves as the founding President for the Actuarial Club at St. John’s University as a recognized organization and was chosen as one of a select group to embark on a 16 day trip to Europe with St. John’s Faculty and her fellow classmates to visit global headquarters of several insurance companies.

She has interned for the CEO of Zurich Global Corporate in North America in New York City, and this past summer was at General Reinsurance Corporation within their Treaty business unit as an Actuarial Intern. Brittany has been chosen as a Spencer Scholar and also holds scholarship awards from The Walter Leonard and Tom Joyce Memorial, NJ CPCU, Geico, and Angus Robinson Foundation Scholarship. Brittany tries her hardest to make a difference and loves every second of her journey toward working in the insurance industry.


Scholarship_GodbeyMichelleAPIW 2014 Lana James Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Michelle Godbey

Michelle Godbey has a double major in insurance and finance and has been very involved in the  Katie School of Insurance and Gamma Iota Sigma activities. She has been the Director of Community Service this past year for the insurance fraternity and will be Vice President in the upcoming academic year. She was recently selected to participate in the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program at the RIMS Annual Conference in Denver and has completed an internship with State Farm Insurance Companies and will begin a second internship with COUN TRY Financial in underwriting audit this summer.

Michelle has been a Spring Break and Winter Break Team Leader for the Alternative Breaks program performing volunteer work in Washington, DC, Texas, Virginia and Mexico and she continues to maintain a 3.88 GPA .




 Past Scholarship Recipients
St. John’s University
School of Risk Management,
Insurance & Actuarial Science
2014 Brittany Sakson
2013 Dena Saglimbeni
2012 Saachel Parker
2011 Kaitlin Graf
2010 Kathy Deonarain
2009 Margarita Rudzitskiy
2008 Sara Gonzales
2007 Elizabeth Butcko
2006 Ann Anckner
2005 Laura Winn
2004 Erin Ward
2003 Victoria Appia
2002 Omarrah Reid-Christie
2001 Nicole Gomez
2000 Romy Violette Maric
1999 Kristen DeRose
1998 Lisa Pelusa Healy
1997 Lina Delgado-Lucca
1996 Sangita Prajapati
1995 Lynn Morrae-Harrington
1994 Anna Machalska
1993 Debbie Gramer
1992 Doreen Hanley
1991 Caroloyn Jankowski
1990 Suzanne Germain Upman
1989 Amy Kemp-Rau
1988 Mary Hegguist
1987 Llana Sobel
Katie School of Insurance
2014 Michelle Godbey
2013 Dana Thomas
2012 Amy Johnson
2011 Lauren Peggau
2010  Kelsie Griffin
2009 Joanna L. Leggett
2008 Vanessa Contreras
2007 Laura Meade
2006 Katherine R. Thompson
2005 Maegan Fidel
2004 Donna Jalcovik
2003 Amanda Marcille Vanecko
2002 Amy Gilmore Boehler
2001 Dani Nunnery
2000 Dionne Dingerson
1999 Jane Knobloch Freidinger
1998 Dawn Skaggs Ford
1997 Sheila Schultz
1996 Kathryn Quine Hancock