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Barry O. White Scholarship established to help RMI students

Published July 12, 2019

Barry and Denita White of West Monroe have established the Barry O. White Endowed Scholarship for $25,000 for the Risk Management and Insurance Program of the College of Business and Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana Monroe.


The Whites owned White & Robertson Insurance Agency for many years. In 2014 it was sold to Lincoln Agency Insurance Company, where Barry White works today.

By creating this scholarship, the Whites combined their support of the Risk Management Insurance Program and West Monroe High School, as the scholarship will be awarded to a West Monroe High School graduate enrolled in RMI at ULM.             

Barry White, a 40-year veteran of the insurance industry, sees unlimited opportunities for young people who go into the field. According to White, each year there are more than 68,000 job openings in insurance, primarily due to retirements.  

Pictured at the event (above), from left are, Dr. Alberto Ruiz, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Barry and Denita White, Dr. Christine Berry, director of the Risk Management and Insurance Program, Dr. Ron Berry, Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences and Shelby Ainsworth, principal of West Monroe High School.

"We felt like that we should give something back to the community, to ULM and to West Monroe High School,” White said at a check presentation Thursday. “Insurance companies are contacting Dr. Christine Berry literally on a daily basis wanting to recruit her students that are in the Risk Management Insurance Program.” 

The scholarship recipient will be selected by the ULM Foundation Scholarship Committee. The first scholarship will be awarded in Fall 2020.

Click here for information about the Risk Management and Insurance Program. To learn about the Barry O. White Endowed Scholarship, contact Dr. Christine Berry, cberry@ulm.edu.