Scholarship Program

NEEBC's Scholarship Program was established to further the aims of the Council to advance the knowledge and education of individuals in the employee benefits field or those aspiring to careers in employee benefits and total rewards. NEEBC is proud to have contributed over $200,000 to our worthy Scholarship Recipients since the Scholarship Program’s inception in 1990.

2023 Scholarship Recipients


Kushal Bhandari
-Springfield College,
Business Management and
Information and Computer Science
-Customer Service Intern,
MA State Lottery Commission

Blair Booth
- Southern New Hampshire University,
Business Administration and
Human Resources Management
- Employee Benefits Consultant,
Innovo Benefits Group

Erica Shear
-Boston University,
Questrom School of Business,
Health Sector MBA,
-Health and Insurance
Communications Manager,
Fidelity Investments


Scholarship Awards

The NEEBC Scholarship Program1 provides for annual awards scholarship supplementing other formal programs.2 

The awards will be renewed annually, upon submission of supporting documentation, for the amount of time normally required to earn a degree, but in no instance will exceed four years.

Scholarship Eligibility

The applicant should demonstrate interest in Human Resources, Employee Benefits, and/or Total Rewards, all of which may encompass compensation/underwriting/consulting/retirement planning/ through their course of study and/or work experience.  This list includes but is not limited to:  employee/internal communications, compensation or total rewards, retirement strategies, human resources or organizational behavior, ERISA and legal aspects of employee benefits, wellbeing or work/life programs, health risk management, institutional investing, multiemployer plans, workers compensation, actuarial and underwriting analysis, health care program design, and retirement plan design/implementation or administration. Part-time or full-time undergraduate students and graduate students are eligible.

In order to be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time college student (undergraduate or graduate) studying in an accredited academic program leading to a degree; residing either in New England, or enrolled in a college in New England.
  • Demonstrate an interest in a career in the employee benefits/total rewards field through either course of study or work experience.
Read All Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Exclusions

  • Current NEEBC Board and Emeriti members, their spouses, and dependents are not eligible.
  • Students who will graduate prior to July of the current year, are not eligible.
  • Students whose tuition for the fall is not payable to an accredited New England college or university are not eligible.
  • Students whose GPA is less than 2.2.

Selection Process

Awards will be based on demonstrated educational performance and benefit career aspirations and goals. Some of the criteria used by the Scholarship Committee in determining eligibility and awards are:

  • Specific employee benefit related study, activities and goals
  • School and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Future potential, and academic performance

Application Process

Each applicant will be required to provide:

  • Completed Scholarship Application 
  • All college transcript(s)
  • A minimum of two references from college professors, NEEBC members, or other benefits professionals

We are not yet accepting applications for 2024 scholarships.


NEEBC is proud to have contributed over $200,000 to our worthy Scholarship Recipients, since the Scholarship Program’s inception in 1990. Please help us support the efforts of future benefits professionals.

Donate to Scholarship Fund

Any questions, please email us at [email protected] or call 781-684-8700. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

1As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we award annual scholarships funded by donations to the NEEBC Scholarship Fund, which covers both the cost to administer the scholarship program and the scholarships awarded. 

2Scholarship amount will not exceed the annual tuition fee and on-campus room and board charges.