InVEST Doubles Scholarship Awards

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NU Online News Service, June 5, 11:14 a.m.EDT?An insurance brokers' group announced it has awarded$40,000 in scholarships to a select group of students, doubling itsscholarship awards from last year.

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The InVEST program provided four high school seniors with $5,000scholarships, while eight other seniors received $2,000scholarships. Two community college students were awarded $2,000scholarships.

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InVEST, affiliated with the Alexandria, Va.-based IndependentInsurance Agents & Brokers of America, annually awardsscholarships with the support of company sponsors. This year'ssponsors were Media Marketing Inc. and DORIS Insurance Systems.

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Scholarship prospects submitted essays describing the influenceand benefits of InVEST on their educational plans. The quality ofthe essay, combined with the applicant's grade point average,extracurricular activities and college entrance exam scores werefactors in selecting the winners.

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The recipients of the $5,000 scholarships were:

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? Amy LaVenture from St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St.Petersburg, Fla.

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? Mike Choyma and Tracy Turner, both from Dr. Phillips HighSchool in Orlando, Fla.

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? Andre Martin from East Hartford High School in East Hartford,Conn.

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Recipients of $2,000 scholarships were:

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? Ana Teixeita from Dr. Phillips High.

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? Jessica Benson from East Hartford High.

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? Ashley Farino and Thomas Pirko from Dryden High School inDryden, N.Y.

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? Nicole Miller from Jones High School in Orlando.

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? Laura Colbath from Spaulding High School in Rochester,N.H.

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? Said Sharif from Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver.

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? Samantha Gonzalez from Lakewood Ranch High School in EastBradenton, Fla.

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? Traci Fansler and Dorian Cobb from Grossmont College, SanDiego.

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Founded in 1970, InVEST is an education program that preparesmore than 6,000 students each year for insurance-related careerswith a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools and communitycolleges.

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More information about InVEST is available at www.InVESTprogram.org.

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