For the fourth year, AIRROC awarded the Trish Getty Scholarship to a St. John’s University student. This year’s award recipient is Brian Kutza, who is a senior, majoring in Actuarial Science. In presenting the award, Marianne Petillo shared some remarks from the namesake of the scholarship, former Executive Director, Trish Getty. Although she wasn’t able to be there in person, Trish applauded Brian for his accomplishments to-date and commented that she hoped to have the chance to meet him someday. Mr. Kutza has a 4.0 GPA at St. John’s and is the Vice President of the Actuarial Club and the Community Service Chair of Gamma Iota Sigma, the fraternity for insurance, risk management, and actuarial students. He has already gained real-world experience, having interned at Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance in the summer of 2014. In addition to academic pursuits, Brian is very involved in his community and has participated as a volunteer at his local food bank, in a recent walk for breast cancer awareness, as well as with university service days at his church.
The $5,000 annual scholarship was established by the AIRROC Board of Directors in honor of Trish Getty, the founding Executive Director of AIRROC. It is awarded to a student at St. John’s studying Insurance, Risk Management, or Actuarial Science who is in need of financial aid for tuition. In accepting the award, Mr. Kutza thanked the audience and explained how honored he was to have been chosen and how vital this type of aid is to help develop the next generation of talent for the insurance industry. He was able to attend the education sessions that AIRROC offered at the AIRROC NJ event and said that he learned a lot about legacy and would even consider working in the field once he graduates.
Refer to page 32 in the Winter 2015 issue for article. https://www.airroc.org/assets/docs/matters/airroc_matters_winter_2015_vol_11_no_4%201.pdf