Al Gross/Jim Long Rookie of the Year and Thomas L. Reents Memorial Scholarships

November 1, 2018

Al Gross/Jim Long Rookie of the Year Scholarship

This award is named after two long-serving Insurance Commissioners who passed away shortly after retiring from their positions: North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, Jim Long, and Virginia Commissioner of Insurance, Al Gross. Both of these Commissioners were dedicated to serving their constituents. They demonstrated dedication, leadership, innovation, and mentorship; and neither were afraid to get involved in difficult issues and find solutions by looking outside the box.  Both men were recognized as exceptional leaders by their peers and those who worked for them.

The scholarship is awarded annually to up to four (4) state regulators (one in each zone) who have demonstrated exceptional promise, professionalism, and a commitment to continual improvement. Applications are accepted during the second half of the year; scholarships are awarded and must be used in the following year. Recipients receive waived registration fees and are reimbursed up to $1,000 in travel-related expenses for one of the following programs (held during the award year):

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Be current state insurance department employees with less than two (2) years of service in her/his current position as of January 1st of the award year.
  • Demonstrate exceptional promise and professionalism in representing their states as regulators.
  • Seek to develop skills through completion of training programs provided by recognized insurance industry institutional programs, including, but not limited to, those provided by The Institutes, The American College, LOMA, and the NAIC.

IRES membership is not required.

Applications are due December 31, 2018 at 11:45 p.m. CST.

To apply, complete the online scholarship application. You will be required to upload a letter of recommendation from your commissioner, director, or superintendent (addressed to the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society, 207 E. Ohio Street #430, Chicago, IL 60611.

We understand the ability to accept the scholarship may vary by state due to ethics consideration; as such, participation by states is voluntary. Should you have any questions please contact the IRES Membership and Benefits Chair, Randy Helder or the IRES Office at info@go-ires.org.

Thomas L. Reents Memorial Scholarship

The Thomas L. Reents Memorial Scholarship honors the first President of the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES). This award was established in 2016 by IRES and the IRES Foundation. The inaugural scholarship was presented in 2017.

Mr. Reents had a long, successful and well-respected career in insurance, primarily in a regulatory capacity.  He was with the Nebraska Department of Insurance from 1974 to 1997, during which time he performed market conduct examinations, investigated consumer complaints, and developed an insurance counseling program for seniors. Prior to joining the department, he worked in the private insurance industry in both personal and commercial lines.  After leaving the Nebraska Department of Insurance, Mr. Reents continued his insurance career as a compliance consultant. Mr. Reents earned his Certified Insurance Examiner (CIE) designation in 1988.

Requirements:

  • Be current state insurance department employees with less than five (5) years of service in her/his current position as of January 1st of the award year.
  • Demonstrate exceptional promise and professionalism in representing their states as regulators.
  • Seek to develop skills through completion of training programs provided by recognized insurance industry institutional programs, including, but not limited to, those provided by The Institutes, The American College, LOMA, and the NAIC.
  • Be a current General member of IRES.

Applications are due by December 31, 2018!

Recipients will be reimbursed up to $1,000.00 in travel-related expenses, as well as waived registration fees, at one of the following programs:

Please click here to fill out a Scholarship Application

We understand the ability to accept the scholarship may vary by state due to ethics consideration; as such, participation by states is voluntary. Should you have any questions please contact the IRES Membership and Benefits Chair, Randy Helder or the IRES Office at info@go-ires.org.