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Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program

Each year, RIMS sponsors 30 students in the US and Canada, and 6 international students (not enrolled at a university in US & Canada) to attend the RIMS Annual Conference & Exposition. This program is thanks to a generous contribution from the Spencer Educational Foundation. For more information on Spencer, please visit:

Congratulations to the 2023 ABSIP Scholars


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

Nominate our students to be an ABSIP Scholar

In 2024, RIMS will sponsor 30 students in the US and Canada, and 6 international students (not enrolled at a university in US & Canada) to attend the RIMS Annual Conference & Exposition.

Nomination Period Opens: September 2023
Nomination Period Closes: December 2023

Nomination Overview

RIMS invites your institution to submit a maximum of 2 student nominations to participate in our Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program. The selection process includes nomination by a department head of a university or college and a review of the nomination and support materials by the RIMS Student Advisory Council.



Student sponsorship includes

  • Complimentary conference registration for nominating professor or department head to mentor student(s) at the event
  • Complimentary conference registration for students
  • Hotel accommodations for students (two students to a room)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and some evening meals for students and nominating professor or department head mentor
  • $650 cash stipend for students to cover travel and incidental expenses.*
    (*Stipend amount will be different for international students.)

Anita Benedetti scholars will receive mentorship; participate in stimulating conference sessions, gain valuable career development skills, and network with members of the SAC (practicing risk professionals), RIMS Board of Directors, insurers, brokers, and other industry professionals.

ABSIP Scholars & members of the RIMS Student Advisory Council

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For more information about the competition, please contact Krystal Taylor at or (212) 655-6211. 

History of ABSIP

The RIMS Student Involvement Program was initiated as a pilot program at the 1978 Annual Conference in New Orleans. Due to the overwhelming success of this project, a standing committee was created, and the program has become a permanent part of the RIMS Annual Conference. In 1997, the name was changed to the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program to honor the late Anita Benedetti, former Deputy Executive Director of the Risk and Insurance Management Society. Inc. (RIMS) and President of the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc.

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