Nicsa Announces 2022 Blackwell Scholarship Awards

By Nicsa posted 19 days ago


Boston, MA – July 25, 2022 — Nicsa has announced the winners of its 2022 Blackwell Scholarship Awards. Blackwell Scholars receive up to four years of scholarship support, a mentor from a Nicsa member company, and access to career networking and internship opportunities. 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of Nicsa, and the 24th year of Blackwell Scholarship awards.


The 2022 Blackwell Scholarship recipients are as follows:


Lizbeth Flores | University of Albany | Class of 2026

Brendan Ridge | University of Pittsburgh | Class of 2026

John Shen | University of Massachusetts Lowell | Class of 2026

Ruth Shiferaw | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Class of 2025

Zuzanna Wheeler | Creighton University | Class of 2026


Nine additional students had their award renewed for the coming academic year. Awards are renewable for up to 4 years per student.


Maggie Banhart | Kansas State University

Berenika Belinkiy | Bryant University

Sebastian Cerro | Texas A&M University

E’Nyah Norris-Conley | Northern Arizona University

Jonathan Odima | University of Texas at Austin

Sofia Ostendorf | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Esha Thota | University of California, Los Angeles

Rayne Trevino | University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

Olivia Tucker | Wichita State University


View All 2022 Recipients.


This year, eighty-six applications were submitted by children of employees representing twenty-one firms across the global asset management industry. Three out of the five 2022 awardees are first generation college students. Recipients were evaluated based on demonstrated excellence in leadership, community service and academic merit.

The five new awardees represent the following firms: Broadridge, Federated Hermes, MFS Investment Management, Edward Jones, and State Street.

The nine renewal awards represent American Century Investments, Broadridge, Calamos Investments, Capital Group, Invesco, and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

“Nicsa acknowledges the generous support its members for the Blackwell Scholarship Fund with their contributions and event participation over the course of the past year. We are very proud of the program, and we congratulate each of the 2022 Blackwell Scholars,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Nicsa.

Each year, Nicsa’s Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) features the Blackwell Scholarship Charity Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the scholarship fund. 


About the Nicsa/William T. Blackwell Scholarship Fund

The Nicsa/William T. Blackwell Scholarship Fund was established as a tribute to former Nicsa President Bill Blackwell’s commitment to education. Since the scholarship program's inception, the fund has made over $400,000 in awards to students with financial need. The Blackwell Scholarship Fund is endowed through donations by individuals and Nicsa member companies. Blackwell Scholars receive up to four years of scholarship support, a mentor from a Nicsa member company, and access to career networking and internship opportunities.

The Blackwell Scholarship is administered by The Philanthropic Initiative, in conjunction with The Boston Foundation. 


View Past Recipients.


About Nicsa 

Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset management industry in order to develop, share, implement, and advance leading practices.  For over sixty years, Nicsa has promoted an open and collaborative environment, where members’ and partners’ deep expertise and unique perspectives have come together to help strategically implement and support the industry’s most vital issues. Click here for more information about membership.

Nicsa aims to help firms operating in all segments of the global asset management industry meet the changing needs of their clients by aligning and educating industry participants through formal education programs, interactive forums, networking opportunities, and initiatives such as the Diversity Project North America. The Diversity Project’s goal is to accelerate progress towards a diverse and inclusive culture in the asset management industry to deliver the best possible results for clients, reflect the society we serve, and ensure long-term business sustainability. Click here for more information on Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America initiative.