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OneDigital Summer Internship Participants Awarded Scholarships for Significant Contributions and Excellence

Abigail Burleson and Alexandra Chapdelaine Receive Prestigious Academic Scholarships

Atlanta, GA - October 8, 2021 – OneDigital, the nation’s leading insurance brokerage, financial services and HR consulting firm, announces recipients of two scholarships awarded to participants of the 2021 Summer Internship Program.

Intern of the Summer Scholarship in Memory of Former OneDigital Employee Mat Bazzichi

Abigail Burleson was awarded OneDigital’s Intern of the Summer Scholarship, named this year to honor the legacy of Mat Bazzichi, former Business Development Executive at OneDigital and carry it forward to future generations of interns.

The Intern of the Summer scholarship was created to highlight one outstanding student who has exhibited exceptional performance and extraordinary skill and has contributed to the organization. Through this program, OneDigital is able to provide a source of financial support and encouragement to interns as they pursue academic and professional careers.

The values that I see in the team at OneDigital help to make up a unique company culture. I can attest that every colleague that I interacted with represented the value drivers and contributed to a strong company culture. Interning with OneDigital was truly an incredible experience and something that has profoundly impacted my professional career. Not only was I able to learn and develop my skills within the industry, but I was also able to grow and develop personally.
 
–– Abigail Burleson, OneDigital Summer Internship Program Participant

In 2021, the Intern of the Summer Scholarship was named in memory of Business Development Executive, Mat Bazzichi. Mat was a member of the OneDigital family in Richmond, Virginia, for over five years and tragically passed away this past June. He will be remembered most for his dedication to living out the values of OneDigital, his warm greetings, big smiles and willingness to lend a hand. As a part of the 2021 scholarship review process, each intern was asked how they, too, embody the values of OneDigital.

I have had the pleasure of mentoring Abigail during her internship and within a few short weeks, it became obvious she possessed the OneDigital DNA. Abigail is a natural leader, personable, resourceful, goal-oriented, possesses a natural curiosity for our business and is self-motivated to continually learn and develop.
 
–– Heather Eshaghpour Tennessee Market Leader, OneDigital

The application process included responding to three essay questions, submitting a nomination letter from either their internship manager or assigned mentor and current college transcript and review of overall participation in the Summer Internship Program.

The Council Foundation Scholarship

Alexandra Chapdelaine was honored with The Council Foundation Scholarship, a program that honors candidates with the potential to be leaders and contributors to the industry post-graduation.

The mission of The Council Foundation, the 501(c)3 educational charitable arm of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, is to bring fresh, diverse talent into the brokerage sector by way of internships with Council member firms. The Council has awarded $2.85 million in academic scholarships to 569 students since 2006, including three named scholarships: the Assurex Global Robert P. Ashlock Scholarship, the Assurex Global Ashlock Game Changer Scholarship, and the Dave Oberkircher Future Leader Scholarship.

My experience working at OneDigital has been nothing short of amazing. I have not only gained knowledge, real-world experience, and networking opportunities – I have gained a family. Every single one of my coworkers has helped lift me up and shown me how much potential I truly have. Anyone who wants to reach their fullest potential, dive head-first into the corporate world, and make some amazing friends along the way: OneDigital is the place to do that.
 
–– Alexandra Chapdelaine, OneDigital Summer Internship Program Participant

“There is so much opportunity within our industry, and internships are crucial to introducing young professionals to commercial insurance and the impact they can have within a brokerage firm,” said Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council. “We’re grateful to our member firms who continue to invest in efforts to recruit and develop the next generation of insurance professionals."

The Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible and will support the mission and educational initiatives of the Foundation. Individuals, corporations and foundations are encouraged to contribute. To learn more about The Council Foundation Board Scholarship, visit the website.

OneDigital Internship Program

Applicants from across the country will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-week paid internship where they will help with a wide variety of responsibilities within their department focusing on a path to employment upon graduation. An internship at OneDigital is a great way to find a mentor, learn business skills, build your network and get real-world experience before you graduate. It may even lead to a full-time job!

Interested in joining our one-of-a-kind organization? Explore our current internship opportunities here.

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