Actuarial Awareness Night

Our annual Actuarial Awareness Night offers an introduction to the actuarial profession and the actuarial science program at the Wisconsin School of Business. Learn about the different programs offered and which one may be right for you. A Risk and Insurance faculty member and current students will facilitate the presentation and be on-hand to answer your questions. We welcome anyone who is interested in pursuing a degree or capstone certificate in actuarial science, including:

  • High school students & parents
  • High school teachers
  • Adults interested in a career change
  • College students who are undecided on a major

Contact Paul Johnson ( for information regarding Actuarial Awareness in 2021.

Info and Opportunities for High School Students

We encourage high school students, teachers, and guidance counselors learn more about the following opportunities our department offers.

Actuarial Career High School Presentations

Actuary is consistently ranked as one of the top career choices in America by a number of credible news sources. Giving high school presentations allows us an opportunity to spread the knowledge of actuarial careers within the nearby community to strengthen the local talent of actuaries.

Presentations are given by Risk and Insurance faculty and students throughout the academic year and typically are requested for AP math classes or math clubs. We do our best to accommodate all schools that make requests, either by coming ourselves or sending a representative.

To request a presentation at your high school, e-mail Paul Johnson at

View a sample of the presentation

UW–Madison Actuarial Program Scholarship

Are you a good problem solver? Have you heard about “data science”? How about a career as an actuary! The UW-Madison Actuarial Program Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who shows promise and interest in an actuarial career.

A scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner for the first year to study actuarial science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The award will be given to a high school senior based on quantitative aptitude and an expressed interest in actuarial science. Other awards may be given as well. After the first year, additional scholarships are available through the actuarial science program.