2018 Modeling the Future Challenge Winners are Announced

February 28, 2018

Winners in the Modeling the Future Challenge were awarded $55,000 in scholarships

The Actuarial Foundation is proud to announce the winners in the inaugural Modeling the Future Challenge, a national scholarship competition aimed at introducing the actuarial profession to high school students.

Clinching first place and receiving a $25,000 scholarship were Sam Ferguson, Abhijit Gupta and Julia Wang from the North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina. Coming in second place and winning the $15,000 scholarship award were Reese Ketsdever and Niav Layton from Castilleja in Palo Alto. The third place scholarship award of $10,000 went to John Li, Vedant Singh and Brandon Zhu from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York.  The fourth place scholarship award of $5,000 went to Quinn Schroeder and Skye Seo from Waukee APEX in Waukee, Iowa.  Students from each winning team will share the scholarship awards, which will be sent to the colleges of their choice.

Students competing in the Challenge were selected from 52 participating student teams from across the country. They developed their own mathematical models of how autonomous vehicles might change the future and presented these models to a panel of actuary judges at the Modeling the Future Challenge Symposium held at the Museum of the City of New York.

The Modeling the Future Challenge was made possible with the generous support of Gold Sponsor Roy and Georgia Goldman, Silver Sponsor Lincoln Financial Group, Bronze Sponsors, New York Life and RGA and Event Sponsor Rick and Bethany Jones.

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