Twenty Elite Risk Management Undergraduates Presented with RIMS Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program Scholarships

RIMS ABSIP Program Allows Exceptional Risk Management Students to Dive Into RIMS and the Profession at RISKWORLD®

February 27, 2024

(NEW YORK) February 27, 2024 – In its continuing effort to create opportunities for future risk management leaders, RIMS, the risk management society®, presented 20 students with a 2024 Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program grant (ABSIP). The program, sponsored by The Spencer Educational Foundation, recognizes the achievements of outstanding undergraduate and graduate risk management students, providing them with funds for travel expenses, complimentary hotel accommodations and registration to RISKWORLD® 2024 scheduled for May 5 – 8 in San Diego.

“The overwhelming success of today’s risk professionals has brought risk management to the forefront, making the profession even more appealing to college students,” said RIMS President David Arick.  “Programs like the ABSIP are critical to ensuring that these up-and-coming risk leaders are ready to dive into the profession and succeed. Congratulations to the 2024 ABSIP student scholars. RIMS is thrilled to welcome you to RISKWORLD.”

This year’s ABSIP grant recipients are:

  • Brooke Baker – Ferris State University
  • Dylan Balon – University of Georgia
  • Megan Beach – St. Mary’s University
  • Isabella D'Amato – University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Francesca Ferneau – Illinois State University, Katie School
  • Maggie Gill – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kathryn Johnson – Illinois State University, Katie School
  • Gracie Law – Temple University
  • Breanna Machado – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Alyssa McKinnon – University of Colorado, Denver
  • Zuzana Nedeljakova – University of Calgary
  • Selynne Ochieng – Saint Joseph’s University
  • Nick Patwardhan – Mississippi State University
  • Alexandra Ramirez – St. Mary’s University, Greehey School of Business
  • Julia Sonntag – Indiana State University
  • Lauryn Stallworth – Georgia State University
  • Carrie Stetler – Bowling Green State University
  • Owen Ticer – University of Southern California
  • Anna Caroline Williamson – University of Georgia
  • Blake Young – Mercy University

Initiated as a pilot program at the 1978 RIMS Annual Conference, the program recognizes exceptional students involved in the study of risk management and has grown into a differentiating part of RISKWORLD®. The program became known as the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program in 1997 to honor Ms. Benedetti's commitment to developing the next generation of risk professionals.

RISKWORLD will feature a special Students/Rising Risk Professionals Track comprising fundamental risk strategies, trending topics and skill development sessions specifically designed for individuals in the early stages of their risk management careers. Highlighting that track is the Student Speed-Networking Lunch, an opportunity for students to connect with leaders in the field. RISKWORLD’s full agenda of learning experiences are available here.

RIMS offers a range of programming, resources, and opportunities for Rising Risk Professionals. To learn more about RIMS, visit


Launched in 1963 as RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition, RISKWORLD® attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate learning and networking experience. The four-day. RISKWORLD experience offers more than 150 learning opportunities, keynote presentations, special events, and an expansive Marketplace with hundreds of solutions providers – all with countless opportunities to engage and elevate the risk community. RISKWORLD 2024 is scheduled for May 5 - 8 in San Diego. RIMS will celebrate its 75th Anniversary at RISKWORLD 2025 in Chicago from May 4 - 7.

About RIMS

RIMS, the risk management society®️, empowers risk professionals to make the world safer, more secure, and more sustainable. Through networking, professional development, certification, advocacy, and research, RIMS and its 80 chapters serves more than 200,000 risk practitioners and business leaders from over 75 countries. Founded in 1950, the Society publishes the award-winning Risk Management Magazine and produces RISKWORLD®️, the largest annual gathering of global risk professionals. RIMS embraces diversity, equity and inclusion and welcomes all risk professionals to connect and learn, explore the online Risk Knowledge library, tune into the RIMScast podcast series, and engage via LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook. To learn more, visit

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Josh Salter, Director of Communications, (212) 655-6059 or

About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit

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