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Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program

In 1978, the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) created the Student Involvement Program for their national conferences. The program, sponsored by The Spencer Educational Foundation, now administered by RIMS in New York, recognizes exceptional undergraduate and graduate risk management and insurance students, and has grown into a differentiating part of the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition. 

Anita BenedttiAnita Benedetti spent 18 years with RIMS and was appointed Deputy Executive Director in 1993.  She was also president of The Spencer Foundation, which promotes the study of risk management and has awarded hundreds of scholarships since it was founded in 1979.  During Ms. Benedetti's tenure, its assets grew from $103,000 to $1,900,000.

She served a three-year term as a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association board of directors. She also coordinated RIMS activities with international partners through her involvement in the International Federation of Risk Management Associations. 

Ms. Benedetti was also a member of Gamma Iota Sigma's National Board of Trustees and was instrumental in establishing the relationship between RIMS and Gamma Iota Sigma. In 1995, she became only the second RIMS staff member to receive RIMS’ highest honor, the Dorothy and Harry Goodell Award. 

Ms. Benedetti died in August 1996 at age of just 47 after a battle with cancer. The program was renamed as the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program (ABSIP) in 1997 to honor Ms. Benedetti’s commitment to developing the next generation of risk management professionals.

Scott College of Business  Awardees

2021
Ellei Kay

Ellei Kay

Gongaware Scholar

2020
Erika Perry

Erika Perry

Gongaware Scholar

2019
Christopher Graman

Christopher Graman

Gongaware Scholar

2017
Meagan Stenger

Meagan Stenger

Gongaware Scholar

2011

Julie Alig

Julie Alig

Beth Book

Beth Book

Gongaware Scholars
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2010

Terri Ketzner

Terri KetznerGongaware Scholar

Paige Williams

Paige WilliamsPresident's Scholar

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2009

Jon Lough

Jon LoughGongaware Scholar

Eric Gettelfinger

Eric GettelfingerPresident's Scholar

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2008

Brad Lemish

Brad Lemish

Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith
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2007

Jocelyn Gohman

Jocelyn GohmanNetworks Scholar

Amanda Sunbury

Amanda Sunbury        
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2006

Michael Haseley

Michael HaseleyNetworks Scholar

Jackie Zuerner

Jackie ZuernerGongaware Scholar
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2005

Zachary Cole & Kylee Kester
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2004

Rebecca Shorter

2003

Sally Martin Leyes & Courtney Boggs Montfort (Gongaware Scholar)

2002

Jeff Short & Joshua Simerman
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2001

Lora DeVault

2000

Jeanna Dunn Madlener & Jim Phillips

1999

Kimberly E. Moyer & Wesley Mantooth

1998

Brian Snow

1997

Maureen Wozniak Biehl & Nicole Tingley

1996

Timothy Leman & Kerry Bennett Parker

1995

David Rash

1994

Brad Hanna

1993

Christina LaFevor Donato