Lone Tree, CO – AUGUST 26, 2020 – Michael Berrian, a student at the University of Denver in the Daniels College of Business, and a summer intern at Leavitt Group, has been selected as a recipient of a $5,000 academic scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year, as announced today by The Council Foundation.
“I am honored to have received this scholarship and am grateful for the program that CIAB has created to help college students understand the insurance industry,” said Berrian. “Learning how to stimulate growth and form a successful business has allowed me to set personal goals and know with confidence that I am going to achieve them. There were many outstanding competitors, and I can attribute my acceptance and success to the strong support group that I have behind me at Berrian and with Leavitt Group.”
The Council Foundation’s mission is to bring fresh, diverse talent into the brokerage sector by way of internships with member firms of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. In awarding the scholarships, an independent selection committee looks for candidates who have the potential to excel as leaders and contributors in the commercial insurance brokerage business sector.
Berrian is one of 50 college students across the country who received a Council Foundation scholarship this year. “In a challenging year, we are very pleased with the number of firms who remained committed to their internship programs and ongoing mentorship of new talent in an all-virtual environment,” said Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council. “In an effort to support the interns at these participating firms, The Council created the Aspiring Broker Challenge, a 2.5-day computer simulation competition, to bring the inner workings of a commercial brokerage to life. It’s critical that we continue to work together to invest in the next generation of leaders and promote the important work we do for millions of people and businesses around the world.”
The Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization instituted by the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. Part of the Foundation’s core mission is to secure the future of the commercial insurance brokerage business by attracting and developing tomorrow’s talent, like Michael Berrian.
Berrian Insurance Group is a Leavitt Group partner, one of the largest privately-held insurance brokerages in the nation. Through their association with Leavitt Group, Berrian Insurance Group provide clients with insurance market access and a wide range of value-added services and resources. Clients receive employee benefits solutions, property and casualty insurance, risk management, and other services. Clients also benefit from the consultative approach to employee benefits and risk management found within the culture of each office and the unique flexibility that comes with local, on-the-ground agency owners.