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PIANJ offers $5K John Laux Memorial scholarship to member agency family

Trenton, N.J.—The Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey is announcing its second-annual, $5,000 scholarship in honor of the late John Laux to be presented to the child or grandchild of a PIA member agency, entering college in 2018.

The John Laux Memorial Scholarship honors John Laux, a New Jersey native and graduate of Montclair State University. He was a highly competitive sportsman, supporter of Special Olympics New Jersey and career Young Insurance Professional. Laux’s decade-long work in the insurance industry was tragically cut short after a brief and hard-fought battle with cancer in 1995. Funds for the scholarship are being provided by The Fore John Charitable Foundation. Since 1995, it has raised more than $235,000 for scholarships and local charities in John Laux’s name.

"John’s impact on the industry still is felt today, and it is fitting that this award honors his memory and offers a college-bound student the chance to continue his or her education," said PIANJ President Kacy Campion Renna, CIC. "While the scholarship is open to PIA-member family members regardless of their intended course of study, John was a great supporter of the insurance industry and its future, and we hope this scholarship encourages the next generation to join the insurance industry."

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a child or grandchild of a PIANJ member or employee of a member agency; be planning to attend a two- to four-year college in the fall of 2018; and prepare a 500-word essay on the insurance industry. An application can be found on the PIANJ website here. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, May 4, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded in June, 2018.

PIANJ is a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies, brokerages and their employees throughout New Jersey.