Scholarships, Training Funds, and Awards

MAIA CIC & CISR Scholarships

MAIA awards 4 Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Scholarships and 3 Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Scholarships per year to individuals who are beginning, pursuing, or renewing their designation. A scholarship covers tuition for 1 MAIA-sponsored class in the chosen designation program. Related costs (travel, accommodations, meals, etc.) are not covered. Once awarded, the scholarship must be used within one year. Scholarships cannot be used retroactively for classes already completed. The application period opens each year in January, and the submission deadline is April 1st. To be eligible, the applicant must: 

  • Work for a MAIA Member Insurance Agency in good standing (if applying from MA).
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in the insurance industry.
  • Intend on completing and achieving the designation.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional continuing education.

The 2021 application period is now closed.

For questions, please contact Lynne McLain, Education Director at [email protected] 

Outstanding CSR of the Year Awards from National Alliance

Nominate your best customer service representatives or account managers for the Outstanding CSR of the Year (OCSRY) award from the National Alliance. The competition is open to any insurance professionals primarily responsible for customer service who have distinguished themselves through their commitment and contributions to the industry. Candidates may also nominate themselves. 

Nominees must submit a completed entry form, which includes letters of recommendation, information about their career achievements, and a 500 to 1,000-word essay on an assigned topic.

  • Nominees compete at state level to become one of five state finalists.
  • State finalists receive a $500 cash award and a gold and garnet pin, and advance to the national competition.
  • The national winner receives a $3,000 cash award and a gold and diamond pin.
  • In addition, individuals who nominate the national winner receive a $1,000 cash award.

The 2021 application period is now closed. Watch for 2022 materials to come.

1752 Club Scholarships

Offered to insurance professionals who are pursuing their CIC and CISR designations. Scholarships are awarded to cover the cost of one CIC/CISR Course. 

Robert C. Dwelly Scholarship Application Deadline is December 31, 2021: Download the Application

Edward B. Caulkins Scholarship Application Deadline is December 31, 2021: Download the Application 

Philip J. Farrell Memorial Scholarship

Two (2) $2,000 college scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who have a relative (Parent, Step-Parent, Grandparent, Aunt or Uncle) who is employed at an independent insurance agency in Massachusetts. Preference is given to agencies that are members of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA).

The 2021 application period is now closed. Watch for 2022 materials to come.

MA Workforce Training Funds

The Workforce Training Fund is a state fund that provides financial resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees. A number of MAIA classes are approved for the Workforce Training Fund Express Program.

  • Read the Express Program Application Process Summary HERE. Eligible MAIA courses are listed under the Provider Name “Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents” in the Express Course Directory.
  • Applicants should submit an online application at least 21 days in advance of the desired training start date.
  • Address any questions to: [email protected]