Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation Scholarships

In 1998, the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation established the scholarship program for students pursuing an insurance or business related program of study. The purpose of the scholarship program is to further the study of insurance and encourage, support, and reward those exceptional students who have an interest in an insurance career.

Previous recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship in subsequent years, but must reapply each year. Students may download an application online and return all requested information to NAPSLO by e-mail to Justin Mohn at
Applications are due April 1, 2017. You can access the 2017 scholarship application below. Stay up-to-date on application release dates and deadlines by signing up for the NAPSLO University Bulletin here

To download a scholarship brochure, please click here

Scholarship Qualifications and Materials 

In order to be eligible for this Scholarship, students must meet the following guiding principles:
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.25 or a major GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  • Be a college sophomore, junior or senior.
  • Satisfy one of the following substantive requirements:
    • Be an RMI major/minor/concentration student;
    • Have taken RMI courses; or
    • Have work experience in the RMI industry.

Students must also submit ALL of the following application components via email to Justin Mohn at

  • A completed online scholarship application form
  • An essay, limited to no more than 500 words, submitted via email as a Word document. The committee advises all candidates to research and carefully consider their personal response to this question: “The best candidates will demonstrate a passion for surplus lines as a career path.  What initially drew you to consider surplus lines?  What personality traits do you think make you a good fit for the industry?” 
  • A resume complying with the application specifications. Please note that this resume must either (a) be in the approved resume format or (b) contain all the critical elements of the resume example in the appropriate order. Resumes must be no longer than two pages. Additional details about resume format and ordering of critical elements can be found in the FAQs.
  • One reference letter from a non-family member who can speak to your character as an individual specifically and personally, sent via email;
  • An electronic copy of your unofficial transcript. PLEASE NOTE: The Committee may request your official transcripts as verification.

Scholarship FAQs

1. Can I submit physical application elements?

No, due to the volume of applications all materials must be submitted in the prescribed format, electronically to, and by the prescribed deadline.

2. What sort of work experience should I include in my resume? 

Select the work experience that most clearly showcases your strengths as a candidate, and that most clearly represents the strengths you will discuss in your 500-word essay.  You may access a sample recommended resume format here

3. Can I include additional resume pages? 

No, the resume must be no more than two pages. If you have additional experience, please select the experience that most clearly demonstrates the abilities you feel represent you. You can, however, use different amounts of space with the one page. For example, you might have more work experience than leadership experience, and may reallocate space accordingly.

4. Can I use my own resume format? 

Yes, as long as it conforms to the two-page limit and addresses the critical components of Education (including a list of courses), Work Experience, Leadership Experience, Awards, and Activities in that order. It is important the scholarship reviewers have similarly formatted information in order to best assess you against other candidates.

5. Who should I select as my reference? 

The Committee strongly prefers references who can speak to your character as an individual specifically and with a great deal of personal knowledge. A former employer or professor who can speak to your work over many months/years is ideal. Those individuals with a familial relationship or who are not able to speak to you with personal knowledge will not be weighted as heavily.

6. The essay prompt seems expansive. How can I choose a topic?

The prompt is intended to be broad, as this is your opportunity to give the committee an impression of who you are as an individual and why you stand out from other well-qualified candidates.  It is recommended that you research the industry and the people who work in it in order to formulate a purposeful, personal response to this question.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

For a list of previous recipients, click on the links below.

2016 Scholarship Recipients
2015 Scholarship Recipients

2014 Scholarship Recipients
2013 Scholarship Recipients
2012 Scholarship Recipients
2011 Scholarship Recipients
2010 Scholarship Recipients