Young Agents & Brokers Can Receive Scholarships to Attend National Legislative Conference

February 6, 2004

A number of scholarships are available to help young agents and brokers attend the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s (IIABA) National Legislative Conference—taking place April 21-23 at The Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, D.C.

First-time young agent attendees can apply for a $1,000 scholarship to help them attend the Big “I” National Legislative Conference. Only one, $1,000 scholarship will be awarded by the Big “I” National Young Agents Committee. This new scholarship memorializes the late Maurice G. Herndon.

Herndon was known as “Mr. Washington” by independent agents and brokers across America while directing the Big “I” Washington D.C. office from 1949 to 1976. As a tribute to Herndon’s work in building the formidable government affairs and grassroots operations at the Big “I,” the Herndon scholarship enables a young agent or broker to experience their first exposure to the legislative process that is so vital to the insurance industry.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be a young agent or broker member (40 years old or younger); attending the National Legislative Conference for the first time; complete an application form; and submit a maximum 500-word essay describing why they should receive the scholarship. Application forms should be submitted to the Big “I,” Attention: Leslie Mularski via fax at (703) 683-7556 or email to leslie.mularski@iiaba.net. The recipient of the Herndon Scholarship will be selected by March 15.

Additionally, the National Young Agents Committee is providing a $300 scholarship to each state association to award to first-time young agent and broker attendees. Interested young agents and brokers should fax scholarship application forms directly to their state association.

Maurice G. Herndon Scholarship applications and state scholarship application forms are available on the IIABA Web site at www.independentagent.com under the “Events and Conferences” tab.

The submission deadline for each scholarship is March 1.

Young agents and brokers can register for the conference online and download the hotel registration form at the “Events and Conferences” tab at www.independentagent.com.

“For young agents and brokers, the future is now,” IIABA Ceo Robert Rusbuldt said. “They have the most to gain or lose from today’s legislative issues. Their active participation in the political and legislative processes is critical to the future of the agency system, so young agents and brokers must make their voices heard in the halls of Congress if they are going to secure their livelihoods for the rest of their careers.”

Young agents and brokers will be treated to a special luncheon on April 21 featuring a prominent national legislator. An announcement will be made about the speaker when arrangements are finalized

On April 22 and 23, up-and-coming producers will join hundreds of agents and brokers meeting with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.

IIABA provides young agents a special registration rate of $100.

Young agents and brokers should contact Mularski with questions about the scholarships and luncheon, and Tabitha Gass with general questions regarding the National Legislative Conference. Both can be reached at (800) 221-7917.

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