Senior Hannah McGlocklin Selected as an Anita Benedetti Scholar

Our insurance program here, and our director, Dr. Brown, is fantastic... Ferris has been fantastic in preparing me for where I am going.

Hannah McGlocklin, a senior in the Risk Management and Insurance program in the College of Business at Ferris, was recently selected as an Anita Benedetti Scholar. Traditionally, this would entail a paid-for trip to the Risk Management and Insurance Society (RIMS) Conference, but because of COVID, this year will look a little different. 

To increase accessibility, RIMS is offering the conference virtually for free to all student members, and the scholar award winner is receiving a reward—a free CRMP course and certification exam—which typically costs around $2,000! Hannah has attended this conference in the past and is excited to participate in both this year’s offering and the recent changes. “It’s a conference full of networking, and some of the biggest names in the industry,” she described.

Conferences, scholarships, and working hard are not new to Hannah. She’s a past intern at Farm Bureau and the Board of Water and Light in Lansing; recipient of the renewable Roy Westran Scholarship and Ferris State Insurance Endowment Scholarship; current student employee and former PACE chair coordinator of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; and current president of Gamma Iota Sigma (the Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science Professional Fraternity). Her professors also recognize her as a standout student. Dr. Brown, Associate Professor and Risk Management and Insurance Program Coordinator, was excited to discuss her accomplishments. “Hannah has excelled in her scholarship at Ferris State,” he commended. 

Hannah knew early that she was interested in risk management and insurance, even job shadowing and taking specialized credits in high school. Hannah was quickly drawn to Ferris’s program and credited the instructors and curriculum for much of her success. “Our insurance program here, and our director, Dr. Brown, is fantastic. He has so much experience in the industry,” she explained, even crediting him with the initial push that led her to apply for the Anita Benedetti scholarship award. “Ferris has been fantastic in preparing me for where I am going.” 

I don’t think that I would have gotten this scholarship or gotten this far if I hadn’t participated in all of the extra opportunities.

To other students applying to scholarships and internships, Hannah had a couple of pieces of advice: network at every chance you get and be involved on campus! “Take those opportunities that are given to you,” she suggested. Although Hannah is extremely busy with many activities and applications, she says it is also very rewarding. “Volunteering experience, RSOs, and all of those extra things you are doing are worth it,” she stated. “Being involved in a lot of different things on campus has really helped me… I don’t think that I would have gotten this scholarship or gotten this far if I hadn’t participated in all of the extra opportunities.” 

At the end of the interview, Hannah took a moment to express her gratitude for the support system she has had along her college journey. “I just couldn’t do it without Dr. Brown, Mike and Michelle in my office, my family at home, and my friends,” she explained. “It’s really great to have people in your corner!” 

 This summer, Hannah has accepted an internship with The Wholesale and Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) which she has been working towards since high school. Although she doesn’t currently know where she will be utilized, she eagerly anticipates working in Surplus Lines.