Golfers in R.I. Life Underwriters tourneys
put URI scholarship in the green
KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 19, 1999 -- In only three years, the Rhode
Island Life Underwriters Association has raised $14,182 to establish an
endowed scholarship for an outstanding University of Rhode Island finance
And its members came up with the green after playing the links.
Rhode Island Life Underwriters, the statewide association that represents
500 financial services and insurance professionals, established the scholarship
after running a series of charity golf tourneys to benefit URI.
The association announced that its fourth golf tournament will be held
May 8 at the Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence. For information,
contact the Rhode Island Life Underwriters Association at 461-2720.
"We established this fund because we want to support the state University,"
said the group's president John H. Sulyma, who owns John H. Sulyma Inc.,
insurance and financial services, in Pawtucket. "Like URI, the
Rhode Island Life Underwriters Association is a state institution, and we
see positive changes at the University and its business college. We like
working as a team with the University because we can get things done together."
The scholarship is need-based and will be given to a Rhode Islander for
the first time in April.
The golf tournament was the brainchild of Sharon L. Dong, of Warwick
and principal in Charissma Brokerage Insurance Agency in Warwick. She is
a past president of the statewide association.
She echoed Sulyma's comments about wanting to help URI. "Many of
our members are URI alums. URI also has a strong finance program and an
extensive internship program. We like being involved.
"We wanted to give back to the community. We're only helping our
clients, their children and their grandchildren."
Edward M. Mazze, dean and the Alfred J. Verrecchia-Hasbro, Inc. Leadership
Chair in Business, believes that support from Rhode Island professional
associations, like the Rhode Island Life Underwriters Association, is a
vote of confidence in the role that the URI College of Business Administration
can play in providing future employees to Rhode Island businesses. "Thanks
to groups like the Rhode Island Life Underwriters Association, the College
has moved closer to becoming the region's most business friendly business
college," Mazze said.
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