APIW Scholarships

Scholarship Recipients

APIW Memorial Scholarships

Giving back to the industry

Each year since 1987, APIW has awarded scholarships to worthy students at The College of Insurance, now St. John’s University, the School of Risk Management. In the latter years, these were given under the name “Lana James Memorial Scholarship,” in honor of a dedicated APIW volunteer and Board Member who died prematurely in 1992. Additional scholarships were also given on behalf of our Chicago Network to the Katie Insurance School of Illinois.

The tragic events of September 11th brought about our desire to create a symbolic and encompassing remembrance. We wished to honor all those within the APIW family who were lost that day and remember those members who have lost their lives prematurely.

In their memory, APIW’s scholarships are now given under the name “APIW Memorial Scholarship” at St. John’s University and the “APIW Lana James Memorial Scholarship” at the Katie School of Insurance.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

APIW 2019 Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Katherine Ross

Katherine Ross is a rising senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Risk & Insurance with minors in Business Analytics and Social Justice at St. John’s University. During the summer of 2018 and the 2018-2019 school
year, she worked as a Loss Control Intern at Greater New York Insurance Company. This summer she is interning at Swiss Re in their Armonk office within their Financial Credit Risk Management department.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Katherine served as the Director of Community Outreach for the Gamma
Iota Sigma, Alpha Iota chapter at St. John’s, and now serves as the chapter’s President which will continue
into the 2019-2020 school year. She also serves on the GIS Grand Chapter’s GammaSAID (Solutions for
Authenticity, Inclusion, and Diversity) council where she presents at conferences, helps chapters plan and facilitate diversity and inclusion events on their campuses, as well as promotes the conversation within the industry. This past school year she served as the President of the Chamber Music Society where she plays violin. Katherine is also a scholar within the Ozanam Scholars Program, which is a 4-year social justice based scholarship program at St. John’s that focuses on Vincentain servitude, global citizenship, and academic scholarship.


APIW 2019 Lana James Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Erika Sreenan

Erika Sreenan will be a senior at the Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management at Illinois State University majoring in Risk Management & Insurance – Business Information Systems Sequence with a 3.71 GPA. She has interned at American Family Insurance in Madison, WI as a Property Claims Desk Adjuster and at United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems as a Supplier Management Intern. She was one of two students selected for the Katie School International Internship Program in summer 2019 that will allow her to spend four weeks in Zurich, Switzerland to be immersed in a global insurance and reinsurance marketplace. Upon her return from Switzerland, she will be a WSIA intern in both Scottsdale and Los Angeles. She is currently completing two parts of the CPCU professional designation, and she is continuing her goal of completing the eight exams.

During this past year, Erika attended the Gamma Iota Sigma Leadership Conference, the Gamma Iota Sigma International Conference, the Chicagoland Risk Forum, the Katie School Insurance Executive Forum, the Katie School Hall of Fame Dinner and the Alpha Gamma Delta Convention. She is currently the secretary of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma and is very actively involved. She is also Vice President of Member Experience for Alpha Gamma Delta, past Director of Fundraising for Women in Business, and a member of the ISU Women’s Club Rugby team. She has been an organizer and volunteer for American Red Cross, Valentines for Veterans and Midwest Food Bank.


Past Scholarship Recipients
St. John’s University
School of Risk Management,
Insurance & Actuarial Science
2018 Jennie Fortune
2017 Anita Suvasia
2016 Jessica Groenewegen
2015 Linda Liu
2014 Brittany Sakson
2013 Dena Saglimbeni
2012 Saachel Parker
2011 Kaitlin Graf
2010 Kathy Deonarain
2009 Margarita Rudzitskiy
2008 Sara Gonzales
2007 Elizabeth Butcko
2006 Ann Anckner
2005 Laura Winn
2004 Erin Ward
2003 Victoria Appia
2002 Omarrah Reid-Christie
2001 Nicole Gomez
2000 Romy Violette Maric
1999 Kristen DeRose
1998 Lisa Pelusa Healy
1997 Lina Delgado-Lucca
1996 Sangita Prajapati
1995 Lynn Morrae-Harrington
1994 Anna Machalska
1993 Debbie Gramer
1992 Doreen Hanley
1991 Caroloyn Jankowski
1990 Suzanne Germain Upman
1989 Amy Kemp-Rau
1988 Mary Hegguist
1987 Llana Sobel



Katie School of Insurance  
2018 Hannah Crawley
2017 Morgan Loy
2016 Briana Allen
2015 Allison Slater
2014 Michelle Godbey
2013 Dana Thomas
2012 Amy Johnson
2011 Lauren Peggau
2010  Kelsie Griffin
2009 Joanna L. Leggett
2008 Vanessa Contreras
2007 Laura Meade
2006 Katherine R. Thompson
2005 Maegan Fidel
2004 Donna Jalcovik
2003 Amanda Marcille Vanecko
2002 Amy Gilmore Boehler
2001 Dani Nunnery
2000 Dionne Dingerson
1999 Jane Knobloch Freidinger
1998 Dawn Skaggs Ford
1997 Sheila Schultz
1996 Kathryn Quine Hancock

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