NEW YORK, July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Policygenius is proud to announce the winner of its first bi-annual scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship winner for the fall 2018 semester is Marissa Heffernan, a senior at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
"We are proud to offer this scholarship to help people further their education and we're happy to have Marissa as our first recipient," Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO and co-founder of Policygenius, said.
Applicants for the Policygenius scholarship were asked to submit an original essay describing an accomplishment, event or realization that changed the applicants' understanding of money. An editorial board reviewed the essays and chose the winner based on qualifications like thoughtfulness, insight and writing mechanics.
Heffernan, a journalism major with minors in French and environmental science, told the story of building a treehouse when she was 11-years-old with her grandfather, who put her in charge of the financial books for the project. You can read the full winning essay here.
"Getting this scholarship means so much to me, not only because it helps me complete my undergraduate education, but because the essay I wrote is about my family," Heffernan said. "I have so much to be grateful for, from my loving, supportive family to the opportunities this scholarship will open up for me."
Policygenius will offer another scholarship in the fall for the spring semester. Details on this can be found on the Policygenius scholarship page.
About Policygenius: Policygenius is a New York City-based, online insurance marketplace helping people get the coverage they need — and feel good about it. We want people to feel informed about what they're shopping for, so we get rid of all the jargon and actually make personal finance fun. And when it's time to shop for and buy coverage for any aspect of life — from health and life insurance to pet and renters insurance — consumers feel ready. We've built the full tech stack for insurance to make it an easier experience for consumers. We've been around since 2014, and were one of the early pioneers in the insuretech space. The company was named one of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces 2018.
CONTACT: Brooke Niemeyer, Editorial Partnership Manager, [email protected]