STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars Program


More Than a Scholarship

There is clear and compelling evidence that a more diverse and representative workforce brings new perspectives and ideas and supports innovation, inclusion, and impact. The primary goal of the STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars Program is to increase representation and inclusion of individuals from social, cultural, and economic backgrounds who have historically been underrepresented in the actuarial profession.

Through this unique program, we empower and equip students with tools that will make them stand out as industry professionals, and connections they can rely on in their future careers.

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STEM Stars is a new scholarship program from The Actuarial Foundation and Founding Partner the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

The STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars Program identifies, recruits and supports high school students who are skilled in math and interested in the actuarial field. 

We provide support that begins in high school, extends into college and continues through an actuarial career.

The STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars Program offers high school seniors a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 annually for four years).

Our Stars receive mentorship, networking opportunities, and exposure to internships, job shadowing, and other experiences that will prepare them for an actuarial career. 

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Our supporters share our commitment in increasing representation and inclusion in the actuarial profession.

Are You Interested in Becoming An Actuary?

If you think a career as an actuary may be for you, then consider applying for the STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars Program. You'll get $5,000 of financial support per year throughout college, a summer orientation, access to mentors and other opportunities to build your job experience.

Meet the 2024–25 STEM Stars Scholars

Azhani Perry

Azhani Perry

Ohio State University

"This scholarship does mean a lot to me, especially financially. I’m very grateful that I was nominated for this. This scholarship will allow me to pay for school and make a difference in the world."

Bianca Brown

Bianca Brown

Stanford University

"I love exploring the real-world applications of mathematics and computer science. As part of the STEM Stars, I’m most looking forward to engaging with the bright and diverse actuarial minds."

Courtney Carullo

Courtney Carullo

Carnegie Mellon University

"I’m immensely grateful and want to thank you for this generosity in funding this scholarship, as it will be a great help to me financially as I attend my dream school."

Emma Contreras Ramirez

Emma Contreras Ramirez

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

"The Actuarial Foundation’s support is incredible, from internships to scholarships, they open doors that may have seemed closed before. What excites me the most about this program is their emphasis on mentoring and training because as young individuals we often need guidance and support as we enter our career path. Thank you so much for believing in us and investing in our future."

Madden Mistry

Madden Mistry

Virginia Commonwealth University

"Having the ability to talk to and work with an actuary will be invaluable. Being advised, mentored, encouraged and guided by an actuary will be life changing."

Melvin Joseph

Melvin Joseph

University of Notre Dame

"I’m so fortunate to have had this opportunity because actuarial science is a field that is very underrepresented in terms of diversity. This scholarship is very transformative, and life changing and can open up so many paths and opportunities within this field, not only financially, but in career guidance and skills."

Mia Smolinski

Mia Smolinski

University of Iowa

"STEM Stars allows me to see firsthand experience into how the actuarial field is adapting to new avenues that are opening and how it relates to climate change, business startups and more."

Michael Cruz

Michael Cruz

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

"As a minority pursuing a STEM field, there’s such little representation of people with my background, and the STEM Stars program acts as a beacon of hope and change, to which I’m extremely grateful."

Myles Green

Myles Green

Georgia State University

"The scholarship means a better chance and more opportunity in a career path that I’m very excited about. I’m excited to push my career and education forward with the help of STEM Stars."


Nicholas Paul Chandia

Penn State University

"This scholarship will help me focus on my studies more without having to worry about the financial burden."

Nyla Bartholomew

Nyla Bartholomew

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

"Joining the program is beneficial for me because I have access to mentorship, tutoring, as well as extra guidance and assistance that some other programs do not provide."

Syltania Henry

Syltania Henry

Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University

"With this scholarship, I hope to spread the word about actuarial science to any other math lovers that didn’t have previous knowledge about it."

William Fouse

William Fouse

Morgan State University

"I’m grateful to be a part of the STEM Stars program. Not only am I grateful for the financial benefits, but also the mentoring and job shadow opportunities."

The application for the 2024 scholarship season is now closed.



The applications for the 2024 scholarship season are closed. The application will re-open in fall 2024.



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Actuaries | Volunteers

Make a commitment to mentoring and guiding Stars through the first four years of college, exams and into actuarial careers. Sign up to be a mentor.


Partners | Donors

If you or your company/organization is interested in partnering with The Actuarial Foundation to increase representation and inclusion in the actuarial profession, contact us today.


If You Like Math and Business

... then you will love being an actuary! Hear firsthand from professionals about what it means to be an actuary and what they love about their jobs. As a STEM Stars Scholar, you'll receive mentoring and support from actuaries in the industry.


Thank You to Our 2024 STEM Stars Corporate Advisory Council Companies

Founding Partner

2024 Corporate Advisory Council

The STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars Program welcomes your generosity to support talented students as they work toward their goal of becoming actuaries.