Nicsa Announces 2023 Blackwell Scholarship Awards

By Nicsa Admin posted 07-21-2023 01:26 PM


Boston, MA – July 21, 2023 — Nicsa has announced the winners of its 2023 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. 2023 marks the 25th year of Blackwell Scholarship awards.


The 2023 Blackwell Scholarship recipients are as follows:


Alyssa Castro | Davidson College, class of 2027

Saanvi Chougule | New Jersey Institute of Technology, class of 2027

Nicholas Gasper | Saint Vincent College, class of 2027

Amanda Sanchez | Louisiana State University, class of 2027

Rebecca Stansell | University of Texas at Austin, class of 2027

The five new awardees represent the following firms:  Broadridge Financial Solutions, Capital Group American Funds, Federated Hermes, Franklin Templeton, and Invesco.


Thirteen 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

Lizbeth Flores | University at Albany

E’Nyah Norris-Conley | Northern Arizona University

Jonathan Odima | University of Texas at Austin

Sofia Ostendorf | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brendan Ridge | University of Pittsburgh

John Shen | University of Massachusetts Lowell

Ruth Shiferaw | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Esha Thota | University of California, Los Angeles

Olivia Tucker | Wichita State University

Zuzanna Wheeler | Creighton University

The thirteen renewal awards represent American Century Investments, Broadridge, Calamos Investments, Capital Group, Edward Jones, Federated Hermes, Invesco, JP Morgan Chase & Co, MFS Investment Management, and State Street.


View All Recipients.


This year, eighty-one applications were submitted by children of employees representing twenty-four firms across the global asset and wealth management industry. Recipients were evaluated based on demonstrated excellence in leadership, community service and academic merit.

“Nicsa congratulates each of the well deserving 2023 Blackwell Scholars. We are very appreciative of the Nicsa member firms who generously support the Blackwell Scholarship Fund with their contributions and event participation,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Nicsa.

Each year, Nicsa’s Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) features “Nicsa Gives Back,” a day of philanthropic events including the Blackwell Scholarship Charity Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Blackwell 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 $850,000 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. 


About Nicsa 

Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset and wealth management industry in order to develop, share, and advance leading practices. For over sixty years, Nicsa has promoted a collaborative environment where members come together to help strategically address the industry’s most vital issues. 

Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America champions DEI as a strategic business priority within the asset and wealth management industry. The goal of the Diversity Project North America is to advance better business results for our member firms and positive long-term impact for the clients we all serve by fostering an industry where diversity is achieved, equity is the standard, and inclusion is celebrated.