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April 25, 2002 -- News Brief

Undergraduate Scholarship Awarded to Irina Zilbergley

Scholarship winner accepts award.Irina Zilbergleyt, a junior in finance, was awarded the 2002 Jon W. Burkhardt award recently. The scholarship honors Jon W. Burkhardt who was an annual guest lecturer in Finance 260, Introduction to Insurance. Zilbergleyt is shown here (second from left) with (l-r) Janet Burkhardt, Jon Burkhardt's widow, Stephen D'Arcy, professor of finance, and Faye Maisch, Jon Burkhardt's sister.

Taught by D'Arcy, Finance 260, an undergraduate course that covers the role of insurance in society, has a capacity enrollment of over 300 each semester. Guest lecturer Burkhardt was known for his rapid-fire delivery of the fine points of insurance. D'Arcy compared Burkhardt's lectures to listening to an auctioneer but noted that the pace kept students focused and interested. When Burkhardt, on the staff of the Illinois Department of Insurance Consumer Outreach Program, died of cancer in 1996, a scholarship was created in his name to commemorate his enthusiasm for life and for his subject matter. The scholarship is funded by the Insurance Education Fund, to which many alumni and colleagues of Burkhardt contribute.

Any student enrolled in Finance 260 during the fall is eligible to apply for the scholarship. This year's winner had her interest in the field piqued and will be working this summer at Allstate Insurance in Northbrook. She will be a teaching assistant for Finance 260 in the fall of 2002 and will serve on the Jon W. Burkhardt Scholarship selection committee next spring.

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