Brantley Center Scholarships

Risk Management and Insurance Scholarships

Each year, the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center is able to support Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) majors with more than $80,000 of scholarships. Scholarships are distributed on merit and need basis. Special consideration is given to students from historically underrepresented backgrounds within the insurance industry.

To apply for a general scholarship, please fill out this form.

$1,000 High Performers Scholarship


The purpose of the High Performers Scholarship is to allow all students the opportunity to explore the Risk Management and Insurance major and the Employee Benefits minor while also fulfilling elective hours. The Brantley Center is committed to inclusive excellence and this scholarship prioritizes support for students from diverse backgrounds (i.e. students of color, learning or physical differences, LGBTQIA+, female, First Generation, and more).

This program supports students in earning up to $2,000 in scholarships by enrolling in the Principles of Risk Management course (FIN 3100) and/or Employee Benefits (FIN 3700). Students earn $1,000 for each course and must apply to be eligible.

To earn the scholarship, participating students must:

· Enroll in FIN 3100, Principles of Risk Management and Insurance, or FIN 3700, Employee Benefits

· Participate in a minimum of 3 AppState Gamma Iota Sigma (student Risk Management & Insurance club) events 

· Successfully complete the class with a "B" or higher grade.

If you would like to participate in the High Performers Scholarship, please call us at 828-262-6950 or fill out the interest form here. Alternatively, interested students can stop by the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center (Peacock Room #3058) to discuss the opportunity in person with Lacy Schmidt, Brantley Center Associate Director.

Markel Specialty Diversity Scholarship



The Brantley Risk and Insurance Center is proud to announce a new $5,000 scholarship that is sponsored by Markel Specialty Insurance Company.

This annual scholarship will be in support of an Appalachian State Risk Management and Insurance student who identifies as a member of an underrepresented population.

You may apply for the scholarship in January-February of your junior year. The scholarship includes an internship opportunity the summer of your junior year, and the funding is awarded during your senior year.

Application requirements include:

  • 3.0 or greater GPA
  • Rising Senior
  • Intent to pursue a specialty insurance profession
  • One page essay outlining the student's desire to be awarded the scholarship including proven leadership qualities, unique characteristics that reflect the Markel Style, and interest in working in the specialty insurance market.

To apply, please complete the additional scholarship qualifications in the WCOB scholarship portal. If you had any questions, please contact Dr. David Marlett at 828-260-5289 or or Lacy Schmidt at 828-262-6950 or

2021 NAAIA J.L. Tillman Scholarship


Mission: The NAAIA J. L. Tillman Scholarship was created to promote higher educational opportunities for African­American students interested in careers within the insurance industry. Consistent with the ideals in which NAAIA's Founder, Jerald L. Tillman, started NAAIA, the Scholarship Fund will encourage more African American to strongly consider careers within the insurance industry.

2021 Scholarship Availability: Five (5) Scholarships in the amount of $3,000.00 each will be awarded to selected applicants.

Application requirements include:

  • Applicant must be African-American.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
  • Graduating highschool senior collegebound or college student.
  • Preferred degrees include: Risk Management, Insurance, Business, Math, Actuarial Science, Computer Technology, Marketing, an associated field of study or be interested in pursuing a career in the insurance industry.
  • If applicant is a graduating High School Senior, applicant must show school acceptance letter and acceptable proof that commitment has been made to attend a specific school.
  • Applicant must complete Annual Scholarship Program Entry Form before deadline date. All entries must be received on or prior to the deadline of October 1, 2021. See below for submission information.


  • Part 1: Describe how an issue or event surrounding COVID-19 impacted your perspective relative to the value of insurance.
  • Part 2: Describe how insurance may offer a career track option for you based upon your aspirations?
  • Essay Instructions: Essays should be double spaced and limited to two pages, no more than 500 words per part. Essays must contain specific facts and reasoning which support your case.

Submission Information:

• Deadline for Submission is October 1, 2021.
• Three letters of Reference. Two from teachers or counselors; one can be from a community person (such as a minister, mentor, employer, etc.).
• A copy of your most recent high school or college transcript.
• High school students or graduates who are enrolling in college must provide documentation confirming your ACT score of 23 or higher or SAT combined score of 1200 or higher. (Not required if you are already attending college)
• College acceptance letters must be provided prior to receiving award (if chosen).
• Scholarships winners will be announced by November 5, 2021.

The Scholarship PDF can be found here: link. The application and all accompanying material must be received on or before October 1, 2021. Please email to

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. David Marlett at 828-260-5289 or or Lacy Schmidt at 828-262-6950 or

LAAIA Scholarship


Each year, the Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies (LAAIA) awards three recipients with a scholarship of up to $1,000. Eligible students must be interested in the insurance industry, and the scholarship is to assist in the funding of insurance studies.

To apply, students must complete the application, write a 500 word (or fewer) essay, and provide two references. 

Applications must be submitted between September 1st and November 30th and emailed to

Click here to access the full information and application.

Additional Scholarships for RMI Students

Through the generous support of Strategic Partners, private donors, and endowed funds, the Brantley Center is able to award ~$80,000 of scholarship money to >50 RMI and Actuarial Science each year. Most scholarships range between $500 and $1,500.

In order to qualify for a scholarship, you must apply through the Walker College of Business application process. Scholarship applications for each year open on January 1, and close on February 1. 

If you have questions about any of the Walker College of Business undergraduate scholarships or the scholarship process, please contact Ms. Kathy Mann, 4126 Peacock Hall, 262-6165,

The Brantley Center coordinates with several national organizations that sponsor national competitions for scholarships. These scholarships often impose additional restrictions and require a separate application process. Visit the Gamma Iota Sigma grand chapter scholarship page for additional details:  and see below for additional scholarships.

  • Spencer: $5,000 scholarships for risk management students with minimum GPA of 3.3; February Deadline [Info
  • CPCU NextGen: $5,000 scholarships for risk management and actuarial science students; March Deadline [Info]
  • Loman Scholarship: $2,000 scholarships to support internship relocation expenses like housing, food, clothing, and transportation. Rolling basis. [Info]
  • Derek Hughes WSIA: $5,000 scholarships for risk management students with a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher; Deadline in March [Info]