Student Essay Contest

Congratulations are due to first place finishers Senior Megan Moore and Junior Natalie Kojababian of the University of Southern California.

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The CICA 2019-2020 Student Essay Contest “Captive Insurance Solutions for Emerging Industries”, sponsored by Strategic Risk Solutions, was designed to engage risk management and insurance students in developing captive insurance solutions to address a range of insurance and risk management needs for businesses in rapidly growing industries.

The Challenge

Student teams selected one of three case study topics for the competition. Case studies focused on developing strategies to help fictional organizations in real-world emerging industries develop captive solutions to provide member value and the needed coverages for current and emerging risks.

Sponsored by:


University of Southern California


Saint Joseph’s University


St. Mary’s University

Contest Rules

Teams: Insurance and risk management students worked in teams of 2 students per essay.

Essay Length:
 10 pgs. maximum Word document (double-spaced, 12 pt. font in Times New Roman or Cambria).

Prior Publication:
 Essays may not have been previously published (online or in print) or be in consideration for publication elsewhere.

Essays were judged by a team of CICA Members. No more than one team per school can advance to top three.

Contest Awards

Cash Prize

1st Prize: $2,500
2nd Prize: $1,500
3rd Prize: $1,000

CICA International Conference

Winning teams receive free registration and an opportunity to present.


Winning entries published in industry magazines and on the CICA website.