The Actuarial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to changing lives through math education. Established in 1994, the mission of the Foundation is to enhance math education and financial literacy through the talents and resources of actuaries. The Foundation’s vision is an educated public in pursuit of a secure financial future.
The Modeling the Future Challenge is the cornerstone educational program of the Foundation. Built upon two years of pilot programs, the MTF Challenge is becoming one of the premier academic competitions for high school students. In 2016, the Foundation engaged the Institute of Competition Sciences – a leading academic challenge design firm – to help make this vision a reality and ensure that the MTF Challenge has a lasting impact on students across the nation.
The Actuarial Foundation cannot achieve its vision without the support of its generous sponsors and donors. Please join us in advancing the Modeling the Future Challenge and put your company at the forefront of mathematics education. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to volunteer, sponsor, or donate to support The Actuarial Foundation and its programs.
In 2016 The Actuarial Foundation began working with the Institute of Competition Sciences (ICS) to design and manage the Modeling the Future Challenge. ICS is a world leader in challenge-based-learning. The firm has led National Science Foundation awarded projects, worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to roadmap the future of science & technology fields, and developed and operated high-profile prizes with over $8,000,000 in awards with NASA, the Lemelson Foundation, the Methuselah Foundation, the SETI Institute, and many others. The Institute of Competition Sciences has been defining best-practices in Challenge-Based-Learning since 2012 and maintains a world-leading expertise in using competitions to revolutionize how we approach learning. ICS is using academic competitions to turn education into an exciting challenge for all students, and is bringing its expertise to the Modeling the Future Challenge. Find out more about the Institute of Competition Sciences and how to get involved with Challenge-Based-Learning at their site.
The Modeling the Future Challenge is supported by three volunteer actuary committees: The Challenge Development Committee, the Mentorship Committee, and the Judging Committee. The Challenge Development Committee is responsible for reviewing and refining the Challenge Statement and scoring rubrics for each annual competition. The Mentorship Committee reviews the mentor process for semi-finalist teams and serves as student mentors. The Judging Committee reviews the judging process and conducts online and in-person evaluations of team submissions. If you are an actuary, or in a related profession, and would like to learn more about becoming a member of one of these committees, please contact: email@example.com
Challenge Development Committee
John Tupper, TSA
Paul Heffernan, FSA
Paul is an actuary at Prudential Financial with over 20 years of experience as a life insurance actuary, including roles in financial reporting, assumptions, pricing, and investments. Prior to his actuarial career, Paul worked as a college professor in mathematical sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Melissa Hollis, FSA
Melissa is an Actuary at Principal in Des Moines, Iowa. She works on the Business Analytics team within the Specialty Benefits Division which includes group dental, vision, life, disability and critical illness insurance, and individual disability insurance. Melissa is a graduate of Bryant University and Concord Law School and is a member of California Bar Association.
Susan is a Professor in Actuarial Science at Drake University and directs Drake’s School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management. Susan holds degrees from Drake, Texas A&M, and Bethel Universities and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. She participates on several boards in the community and is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations.
Jason Abril, FCAS, MAAA, CERA, Willis Towers Watson
Marc Altschull, CFA, FSA, Voya Investment Management
Rebecca Armon, FCAS, Tokio Marine HCC
Peter Bernstein, Horizon Actuarial
Tony Manzitto, FCAS
New York Life
Dennis Dionne, ACAS, Farmers Insurance
Nate Worrell, FSA,
Olivia Zhang, FCAS
Jim Heidt, FCAS, MAAA, Nationwide
Zurich Insurance Group
Paul Heffernan, Prudential
Thomas Wakefield, Youngstown State University
Jeff Johnson, FSA, John Hancock
Mike Ziniti, FCAS
Rebecca Owen, HCA Solutions
The Actuarial Foundation works with corporate sponsors and individual donors to provide critical resources to support the Modeling the Future Challenge. To learn more about the various sponsorship opportunities, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org