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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Independent Insurance Agents of N.C. contribute to scholarship

The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) contributed $10,000 to their scholarship program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Independent Insurers’ scholarship – Scholarship recipients Tiffany Alford and Lee Nejberger meet with Wade Dunbar (holding check) who made a contribution to the scholarship endowment. Business School Dean Eric Dent (right).

Independent Insurers’ scholarship – Scholarship recipients Tiffany Alford and Lee Nejberger meet with Wade Dunbar (holding check) who made a contribution to the scholarship endowment. Business School Dean Eric Dent (right).

IIANC District Six Director Wade Dunbar III of Wade S. Dunbar Insurance Agency of Laurinburg, N.C., presented the check on November 8. The scholarship was awarded to two business majors for 2005-06.

The endowed scholarship was initiated in 1997 with a gift of $50,000. The 2005 gift brings the endowment total to $70,000.

“The Independent Insurance Agents, the ‘trusted choice’ for all your insurance needs, contribute approximately $600,000 each year to worthy causes in North Carolina,” Dunbar said. “Giving back to our state is a good thing, and it’s good business to give back to the communities where we live and work.”

A 1982 UNCP graduate, Dunbar met with the two scholarship recipients, Tiffany Alford of St. Pauls and Lee Nejberger of Lawndale, N.C., both senior business majors.

“This scholarship is money that I didn’t have, and I really needed it this year,” Alford said.

Nejberger, who is a member of UNCP’s golf team, is already acquainted with the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina.

“I played several times in their junior golf tournament,” he said. “The (“Big I”) Junior Classic is one of the top tournaments in North Carolina.”

Dr. Eric Dent, dean of the School of Business, thanked the association for their generosity.

“A scholarship like this can sometimes make the difference whether a student can go to college,” Dr. Dent said. “More often, a scholarship takes a financial burden off their shoulders so they can focus on their studies.”

The scholarship is earmarked for upperclass students who major in business. The recipients must meet all academic requirements of the University, and the award amount will be paid half in the fall and half in the spring semester.

The purpose of the IIANC is to promote good insurance practices in North Carolina and the nation through education, promotion, political and civic action and philanthropy.

More information about the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina can be viewed at www.iianc.com. For information about giving to UNCP, call 910.521.6252.

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