The scholarship recognises and supports the professional growth and development of insurance industry practitioners living and working in New Zealand, according to a statement from the two organisations.
The winning insurance professional will be given a grant of up to $10,000, so they may attend an international conference or seminar to help further develop their insurance industry or leadership capabilities.
ICNZ chief executive Tim Grafton encouraged the general insurance industry to support applications for the scholarship.
“We are proud to support the ongoing development of our industry, which is critical if we are to maintain pace with the ever-changing insurance needs of our customers and communities,” Grafton said. “This year’s topic, and its focus on the pandemic, really delves into understanding the sector and how it can continue to evolve and change.”
Entrants must submit a 2,500-word essay on the following topic: Discuss what you think are the most important lessons, experiences or challenges arising from the pandemic and how they may change or benefit the general insurance sector in the future.
According to the ICNZ, eligible applicants must be a direct employee of a member of the ICNZ, have permanent residency in New Zealand, currently below age 35, and must submit original work.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on September 30. The winner will be presented with their award at the ANZIIF New Zealand Insurance Awards or at another suitable event.
“ICNZ and ANZIIF are committed to investing in people and building the next generation of future industry leaders,” said Prue Willsford, ANZIIF chief executive officer.
”This scholarship has opened many doors of opportunity for previous winners, significantly contributing to their professional development, leadership skills and industry networks. I encourage all eligible individuals to apply.”