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Future actuary rewarded

Wednesday, July 17th 2019, 4:22PM

Cigna New Zealand has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to a future actuary to help cover her tertiary fees.

Ntombiyothando (Thando) Siziba won the Cigna Actuarial Scholarship due to the high quality of her application, great character and passion for her degree which demonstrated the potential she has in actuarial science, the company says in a statement.

Cigna’s Chief Actuary Nathan Thomas says the company received really strong applicants this year. "It’s great to see there are dedicated students striving for a career in actuarial science.”

“Overall, we want to help develop and support future talent in the actuarial field. As a result of our scholarship we’ve seen very capable and forward-thinking students enter into the workforce which is exciting for the future of the sector.”

This is the fifth year Cigna has partnered with Victoria University to support its Actuarial Science degree – the only university in New Zealand to offer the subject as a major. The Cigna Actuary Scholarship provides a $5,000 cash prize to help support the student’s ongoing studies, and provides the opportunity to gain work experience through Cigna’s summer intern programme.

“Cigna is dedicated to developing actuarial sciences with Victoria University by supporting those wishing to study the profession. Thando will gain some really valuable work experience when she comes on board at Cigna next summer.”

The company is now looking at extending its scholarship offering to Auckland in the coming years to encourage and support more students studying actuarial science.

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