The IFoA Foundation Fullerton-Long Caribbean Scholarship Fund
Two years ago, over some fine Jamaican rum, the idea of ‘paying it forward’ to the next generation of Caribbean actuarial talent took shape for Andrew Long, managing director at WTW and Norbert Fullerton, partner at Lane Clark and Peacock.
By the end of the evening, funding for two actuarial scholarships at their almer mater, the University of the West Indies (UWI), had been agreed; this eventually led to the selection of the first scholars – Jordan Ashman and Abigail McFarlane, two talented and ambitious Jamaicans.
A year later – this time over Guyanese rum – Andrew and Norbert decided to expand the programme, and the IFoA Foundation agreed to partner with them to award 20 worthy scholarships over a three-year period. Dana Reyes and Tyrese Clement from Trinidad and Tobago, and Kevon Kidd, Michel Spence and Stuart Powell from Jamaica, were awarded scholarships last October, and the IFoA Foundation must raise at least £14,000 to continue funding students in 2022 and 2023.
Dana shared her message of gratitude: “This scholarship removes the financial barrier that comes with being a student, allowing me time to focus on completing my final year at the UWI. Your generosity is inspiring, and I hope to one day impact another student’s life as you have done mine.”
The programme aims to give not just tuition funds, but also access to mentorship and the IFoA actuarial community, and links to internships and jobs. Around half is funded by Andrew and Norbert’s contribution, together with matched funding from the Foundation. The programme welcomes all contributions and invites support around mentoring, work experience and job opportunities.
“We are delighted to partner with Andrew and Norbert towards our aims around opening doors for the next generation and giving young people from all backgrounds the support they need to pursue an actuarial career,” said IFoA Foundation chair Kartina Tahir Thomson. “Andrew and Norbert’s passion and dedication is an inspiration!”
Please join us in ‘paying it forward’; details can be found at bit.ly/Fullerton-Long. We thank you in advance for your support.
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