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RMU Actuarial Student Receives Three National Scholarships

Jaclyn Bosiljevac, a senior actuarial science major at Robert Morris University, was recently awarded the 2012 Actuary of Tomorrow – Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship by The Actuarial Foundation.

Established in 2006, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of undergraduate students pursuing a career in actuarial science. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior who has completed at least two actuarial examinations.

“I could not have achieved such a prestigious award without the outstanding support and motivation from my professors, family, and friends,” says Bosiljevac. “By receiving awards like this one, my confidence increases, and I am motivated to continue to achieve further success academically and professionally.”

Bosiljevac also won two other national scholarships: the John Culver Wooddy Scholarship and the Insurance Scholarship Foundation of America Marsh Scholars Award. She is the first student ever to win both the Wooddy and the Robertson scholarships in the same year.

“Jaclyn is a poised and mature individual with outstanding communication skills to complement her technical proficiency,” says Leonard A. Asimow, Ph.D., professor of actuarial science and head of RMU’s math department. “I am impressed by how she has managed to balance school, actuarial exams and internship work. She is one of the top students to have come through our program and it has been a privilege to have been her teacher and academic adviser.”

Bosiljevac is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Newman Club, and the Actuarial Science Club. She is also in the RMU Honors Program and serves as secretary of Alpha Chi Honors Society. So far she has completed internships at two different companies: Buck Consultants in Pittsburgh and Nationwide Financial in Columbus, Ohio.

“Both were fantastic experiences that enabled me to use my skills from the classroom and apply them to the real world,” she says. “Seeing both the consulting and insurance industries of actuarial science was a great experience.”

In 2010, RMU’s Actuarial Science Program was named a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries; it was one of only 10 U.S. schools to receive this distinguished honor. Bosiljevac credits the actuarial science faculty for the program’s success.

“RMU has truly exceptional professors who are willing to go the extra mile,” she says. “They know me personally and have my best interest at heart. I am very lucky to have them supporting, educating, and building me to become the actuary and person I want to be.”

Written by Valentine J. Brkich

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