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ALUCA TurksLegal Scholarship

The 2019 ALUCA TurksLegal Scholarship is now open and ALUCA members are invited to lodge their entries for a chance to win a once in a lifetime overseas conference package valued up to AU$8,000.

To enter, applicants are asked to write a paper up to 2,500 words answering one of 13 questions, drawn from a broad range of topic areas pertaining to the life insurance sector, in the Application Form.

For the full entry requirements, essay questions and to apply, download the Application Form. You can also download an A3 poster to put up around the office.

To help you write that winning paper view TurksLegal’s Top 10 Tips.

Applications close 17:00pm AEST on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Major Prize

The winner of the Scholarship receives an overseas conference package valued at up to AU$8,000 including return travel, accommodation, $1,000 cash and registration to one of the following conferences in the USA of their choice:

  • 2020 Eastern Claims Conference (date and location TBC)
  • 2020 Life Insurance Conference (20-22 April 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
  • 2020 Supplemental Health, DI & LTC Conference (date and location TBC)

In addition to the major prize, the winner is invited to sit on the judging panel alongside senior industry leaders for next year’s scholarship and receives automatic membership to ALUCA and TurksLegal’s scholarship alumni program, Life Insurance Future Thinking (LIFT).

The 1st runner-up prize is a $1,000 Visa pre-paid gift card and the 2nd runner-up prize is a $250 restaurant voucher.

Click here to watch the interview with the 2018 ALUCA TurksLegal Scholarship winner, Evgeney Schkola, Case Manager Income Protection Claims from CommInsure who provides his insights on the Scholarship Program.

Who can enter?
The Scholarship is open to all members of ALUCA regardless of country of residence. Each entrant must be a current financial member of ALUCA as at 23:59pm AEST on Sunday, 8 September 2019 and work in the life insurance industry. Lawyers, accountants or medico-legal consultants who meet the above criteria are eligible to enter provided they are direct employees of life insurance companies, life reinsurance companies, superannuation trustees or superannuation administrators. Entry is not open to members of the ALUCA National Board.

2019 Judging Panel

The judging panel comprises the following senior industry professionals:

  • Brett Clark, Chief Executive Officer, TAL
  • Jeremy Houghton, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, AIA
  • Malcolm Weir, General Manager Life Customer Services, CommInsure
  • David Campbell , COO, MetLife
  • Gavin Pearce, Chief Operating Officer, Life & Investments, Zurich
  • Linda Winterbottom, Claims Rehabilitation Consultant, RGA  
  • Evgeney Schkola, Case Manager Income Protection Claims, CommInsure (2018 winner) 
  • Devi Uka, Deputy Chair, ALUCA
  • Alph Edwards, Partner, TurksLegal
  • John Myatt, Partner & Practice Group Head, TurksLegal
  • Darryl Pereira, Partner, TurksLegal

The winners will be announced at the NSW Mini ALUCA & Professional Development Day in Sydney on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.

About the Scholarship
Now in its 13th year, the ALUCA TurksLegal Scholarship is designed to support the professional growth of ALUCA and its members by providing a significant career development opportunity for professionals working in the life insurance industry.

2018 Winner and Runners-Up
Evgeney Schkola, Case Manager, CommInsure, was awarded the 2018 ALUCA TurksLegal Scholarship for his paper on ‘How will “Insure Tec” shape the future of the Life Industry’. In his thought-provoking and well researched paper, Evgeney highlighted the challenges of data analytics for the Life Insurance Industry and how InsureTech applications can play a beneficial role.  He also looked at the potential social challenges that the industry could face in the future with the adaptation of InsureTech in the workplace.

The 1st runner-up was Christine Gan, Senior Manager, Underwriting Technical & Capability, CommInsure for her paper on ‘How will the insurance industry adapt to a future where periods of mental ill-health and inability to work may become the norm for its customers’. The 2nd runner-up was Aimee Kelly, Senior Claims Assessor, CommInsure for her paper on ‘Has the Community lost sight of the good our Industry does?’.

Winner Paper: ‘How will “Insure Tec” shape the future of the Life Industry’
1st Runner Up: ‘How will the insurance industry adapt to a future where periods of mental ill-health and inability to work may become the norm for its customers’
2nd Runner Up: ‘Has the Community lost sight of the good our Industry does?’