Zachary student earns $500 InVEST scholarship _lowres

Photo provided by Rosetta Bynum -- Zachary High student Victor Lee is the recipient of an InVEST scholarship. He recently finished in third place at the State Leadership Conference of Future Business Leaders of America.

InVEST, a classroom-to-career education program, has awarded a $500 scholarship to Victor Lee, a student at Zachary High School.

“InVEST congratulates Victor, one of 88 students representing 32 high schools, colleges and universities who earned scholarships this year,” said Robert G. Slocum, an InVEST board chair and president of The Slocum Agency Inc., an independent agency in Warwick, Rhode Island. “InVEST develops future industry professionals by teaching high school and college students about insurance, risk management and financial services. As a result, students from more than 650 InVEST programs across the country are equipped with knowledge to help them pursue careers in an agency, company or other insurance industry organization.”

InVEST, an insurance industry program, contributes to the education and development of future insurance professionals through academic programs and scholarships.

Lee, along with other scholarship hopefuls, submitted essays describing the influence and benefits of InVEST on their educational plans.

The quality of the essay, combined with the applicant’s grade-point average and extracurricular activities, were factors in selecting the recipients. Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the institute of higher learning that each student is attending and will be used exclusively for educational expenses.

In high schools, the program offers students a business curriculum that teaches them about the dynamics of insurance agencies and companies. At the college level, the program develops students’ risk management and financial analysis skills.

Along with direct contributions, scholarships are funded through proceeds generated by the InVEST silent and live auctions held in conjunction with the Independent Insurance Agents’ and Brokers’ legislative conference.