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Actuarial Scholars

This program provides recognition and financial support for our best students. The awards are in addition to, completely separate, and independent of any other financial support a student receives. Only incoming freshmen need to apply for these scholarships, while undergraduate actuarial students currently enrolled full time at Illinois State University are considered automatically. Subject to availability of funds, scholarships are granted automatically to students meeting the following criteria:


The Actuarial Committee will also evaluate each scholarship candidate’s record of actuarial internships, enrollment in workshops and Certificate for Leadership and Business Acumen at the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, registration at the Career Center and active pursuit of internships and actuarial jobs, and of leadership in the Actuarial Club/Gamma Iota Sigma. Students whose record in those areas is judged to be weak, even if meeting other minimum criteria, may not be granted scholarships. The decision of the Actuarial Committee in such a situation will be explained to the student, and suggestions for improvement will be provided. The decision of the Actuarial Committee will be final.

Students planning to spend a semester studying abroad, should consult the Actuarial Program Director about maintaining their Actuarial Club membership and with the Katie School about their CLBA standing while studying abroad.

The criteria for eligibility must be met in every semester in which the scholarship is awarded. Scholarships are awarded for the Fall and the Spring semesters only. The basic amount of the scholarship is $1500 per semester, but this amount is increased by $250 per semester for each professional actuarial examination passed, with the increase effective in the first semester following the official release of examinations results. The funding for these scholarships comes from several sources. They are listed below.

Actuarial Scholars must be members in good standing of the Actuarial Club. Of course this requirement cannot apply to incoming freshmen when they are still in high school. But it applies the moment they become students at Illinois State University.. if you do not join the Actuarial Club (officially, not just by showing to a meeting or two, or joining the Actuarial Club Facebook group of our LinkedIn group), you do not get an actuarial scholarship.



State Farm Scholars

The source for approximately ten scholarships is a grant from the from State Farm Foundation, associated with the State Farm Insurance company, located in Bloomington, Illinois. Recipients of scholarships funded by this source are called State Farm Scholars.

Country Scholars

Several scholarships are funded by Country Insurance and Financial Services, an insurance company headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. Recipients of scholarships funded from this source are called Country Scholars.

Pinnacle Scholar

One scholarship is funded by Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, a consulting company headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. Recipients of scholarships funded from this source are called Pinnacle Scholars.

Milliman Scholar

One scholarship is funded by Milliman a global consulting company. Recipients of scholarships funded from this source are called Milliman Scholars.

Katie Scholars

Funding for additional scholarships, beyond those listed just above, is provided by the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services at Illinois State University. Recipients of scholarships funded by this source are called Katie School Scholars.

All of the above scholarships are equivalent, regardless of source of funding. High school students interested in the scholarship should download the application (PDF).

Actuarial Examinations Fees Support

For preliminary professional actuarial examinations, llinois State University actuarial students who pass actuarial examinations will have their examination fees reimbursed by the Actuarial Program, subject to availability of funds. For advanced professional actuarial examinations, subject to availability of funds, students will be reimbursed for examination fee up to $600 per examination (not for study materials or online study modules), but only if they pass the examination. Only active students, i.e., students enrolled in at least one class at Illinois State University, are eligible for this, as any other actuarial scholarship. Students interested in this fee reimbursement should contact the Actuarial Program and NOT any other department or school. Requests for examinations fees reimbursements must be submitted within 90 days of the release of official examinations results. Reimbursements of examinations fees and related fees (e.g., study manuals used in seminars, and seminars fees) cannot be processed if requests for reimbursement are submitted for a student who is no longer enrolled at Illinois State University. More information is here.

D.W. Simpson Actuarial Scholarship

Our Actuarial Program also grants scholarships funded by D.W. Simpson, an actuarial search company. Information about these scholarships is posted at: Illlinois State University students interested in this scholarship must submit their applications to the Actuarial Committee of our program. Application is available here. The expected amount of this award is $1000.

Orlyn Edge Scholarship in Actuarial Science

Dr. Orlyn Edge was the creator and the founder of the Actuarial Program at Illinois State University. He joined the ISU Mathematics Department faculty in the Fall of 1966 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in May of 1966.  Dr. Edge was a distinguished member of the Department until he retired in 1999.  During that time, Dr. Edge started the Actuarial Program at ISU in 1990 and served as its Director until May of 2000.  This scholarship was established by Dr. Edge for the purpose of providing support for incoming first year students interested in actuarial science. This scholarship will be granted to an incoming freshman by the Actuarial Committee. All incoming freshmen are automatically considered. We generally expect the recipients of this scholarship to meet the following criteria:

  • High school Grade Point Average of 3.7 or better.
  • ACT composite of 27 or better and ACT mathematics of 30 or better, or equivalent SAT scores.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional actuarial career.

The scholarship may be awarded in addition to other scholarships, or financial aid that the student receives. Students receiving this scholarship are required to join the Actuarial Club within Gamma Iota Sigma. The Orlyn Edge Scholarship expected amount is $500. As this scholarship is given only in the freshman year, its recipients are encouraged to apply for other scholarships in later years.

Lee Ann Murray "Everything Counts" Scholarship

Our Actuarial Program remembers our alumna, Ms. Lee Ann Murray, who sadly died in 2014, two years after her graduation, with the Lee Ann Murray "Everything Counts" Scholarship. The anticipated amount of this scholarship is $1000. The award is made every March 14, the Pie Day, which was Lee Ann's favorite day. Illinois State University students interested in this scholarship must submit their applications to the Actuarial Committee of our program by the end of calendar year. Application is in the form of an e-mail to, making the case for the award. The Actuarial Committee will pay particular attention to student's performance in MAT 280 and Course FM professional actuarial examination in making this award.


Great American Insurance Group Scholarship

Starting Spring 2017, Great American Insurance Group, a company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is offering scholarships to our students who perform best at professional actuarial examinations. Students interested in this scholarship should e-mail their professional actuarial examinations results to: