Clements Worldwide Awards $10,000 in Global Scholarships to Expat Students

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Long-time sponsor of expatriate educational initiatives, Clements announces winners of its 2012 Expat Youth Scholarship (EYS) contest.

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“Clements is extremely proud to continue making educational contributions every year to the talented contest award recipients,” says Chris Beck, president of Clements Worldwide.

Clements Worldwide, leading provider of international insurance solutions, awarded a combined $10,000 in scholarships to six expatriate students, ages 13 to 18, who won prizes within their respective categories among hundreds of entries in this year’s edition of the popular EYS contest.

For this year’s contest theme, Clements invited students to submit a picture and accompanying short essay that captures a “calculated risk” they have taken as an expat. A total of 114 qualified finalists from 15 countries around the world competed for the scholarship funds, providing truly fascinating and often inspirational depictions of the students’ lives abroad. For example, 18-yeal old New Zealand native Seamus Bellew, a winning contestant currently based in Japan, showcased how he overcame fears, bridged cultural differences and ultimately developed lasting relationships through the game of rugby.    

“When it comes to the adventures of living in a country away from home, ‘calculated risks’ can mean thrilling and life-changing new experiences for young expats” comments Sergio Sanchez, director of marketing at Clements Worldwide. “While at Clements we work every day to deliver insurance peace of mind, risks can never be eliminated. That’s why we get excited when we see students recognizing the need to think about risks intelligently while having productive and enjoyable experiences abroad.”

With scholarship contest participants located in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, Clements saw its dedicated EYS Facebook page explode with new visitors since the contest began last June. Thousands of other students, in addition to the contestants’ friends and family members joined in the EYS Facebook page and were able to vote to determine this year’s winners.

“Clements is extremely proud to continue making educational contributions every year to the talented contest award recipients,” says Chris Beck, president of Clements Worldwide. “We’re absolutely amazed by the high-quality and uplifting nature of the work submitted in this year’s EYS contest. In my opinion, judging by how impressive the contest entries were this year, every participant a winner!”

Clements is pleased to announce the scholarship winners in the contest’s two age groups, with their individual final tally, as certified at the conclusion of the online voting period:    

2012 Clements Worldwide’s Expat Youth Scholarship(EYS) Winners:

Ages 13-15                    

1st Place Award Winner ($3,000):
Adriana Rogers, Age 14
“The Risking of Home”

2nd Place Award Winner ($1,500):
Christa Illueca, Age 13
“Word Scramble”

3rd Place Award Winner ($500):
Jody Cheung, Age 13
“Sky Walking”

Ages 16-18

1st Place Award Winner ($3,000):
Seamus Bellew, Age 18
“Brave Blossoms”

2nd Place Award Winner ($1,500):
Katey Erickson, Age 18

3rd Place Award Winner ($500):
Maggie Hale, Age 16
“Going Home”

To view the winning entries and honorable mentions, along with other information about the scholarship, visit the

About Clements Worldwide
Clements Worldwide is the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations. Founded in 1947, Clements offers worldwide auto, property, health, life and commercial insurance with superior customer service and claims response to customers in more than 170 countries. For more information on Clements Worldwide’s programs and services, please visit

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