Sorrell young alumnus establishes endowed scholarship to ‘give back’ the chance he was given as an undergraduate

TROY alumnus Douglas Dick has created the Endless Opportunities RMI Scholarship in the Sorrell College of Business. (submitted)

TROY alumnus Douglas Dick has created the Endless Opportunities RMI Scholarship in the Sorrell College of Business. (submitted)

Sorrell College alumnus Douglas Dick was once on the receiving end of others’ generosity, and now he’s paying that forward with the establishment of a scholarship in risk management and insurance.

The Endless Opportunities RMI Scholarship will assist students on the Troy Campus  pursuing a degree in RMI and who are heavily engaged in RMI and campus activities. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior or junior who maintains a minimum 3.4 grade point average. In addition, the recipient must have completed the Principals in Risk Management and Insurance course. 

Rob Fleckenstein, left, and TROY alumnus Douglas Dick represented Crawford GTS with a presentation at the company's Global Technical Forum in London. (submitted)
Rob Fleckenstein, left, and TROY alumnus Douglas Dick represented Crawford GTS with a presentation at the company’s Global Technical Forum in London. (submitted)

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually at the RMI Banquet.

“I very much believe in the importance of stewardship of our time, talent, and treasure, and this is just one small way in which I’m able to give back to our young insurance community,” Douglas said. “I feel great joy in being able to give back to help deserving students.”

A 2018 RMI graduate, he currently holds the position of AVP, Client Success/Technical lead for Crawford Global Technical Services (GTS) in Atlanta, GA. GTS is the large and complex loss adjusting unit of Crawford & Company, the largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management and loss adjusting solutions globally with 9,000 employees in more than 70 countries. He also serves as the firm’s Excess and Surplus Lines Practice Leader for the group of 300+ employees.

“The network of professionals and friends I’ve built from Troy University has significantly contributed to my early career success,” he said. “In Atlanta, many of my clients and business partners are also TROY alumni or work with TROY alumni, and that is both rewarding and fun.”

Inside the Sorrell classroom, Douglas can easily point to three teachers who helped mold him into the practitioner he is today. 

“My time spent with TROY faculty and staff was not just impactful but rewarding. Dr. (Ed) Duett constantly mentored me on how to ‘See the big picture,’ how to consider the importance of emotional intelligence, and how to really differentiate myself as a student and, now, professional. Not only that, but Dr. Duett kept our group constantly laughing. He taught me not to take myself too seriously,” he said.

RMI graduate Douglas Dick during college days. He served as an SGA Vice President. (TROY photo)
RMI graduate Douglas Dick during college days. He served as an SGA Vice President. (TROY photo)

Douglas also recognizes that Sorrell faculty take a personal interest in seeing their students succeed.

“Tara Morelock is one of the most giving and dedicated mentors and friends I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing,” he said, crediting her with launching his early career through an internship with Chick-Fil-A, Inc.’s Atlanta-based Support Center. 

“The experience contributed greatly to my success,” he added.

He was a senior when Dr. Courtney Baggett, now the Department of Economics, Finance and Risk Management and Insurance Chair, joined the RMI faculty, and she quickly provided challenges that Douglas counts as a significant contribution to his professional development.

“She certainly raised the bar for my academic and technical skillset,” he said. “I very much appreciate Dr. Baggett for continuing to call our students into excellence.”

Douglas said his learning extended beyond the classroom as well – he was involved in many facets of campus life.

“My time at TROY — specifically serving in the Student Government Association as the Vice President for Campus Affairs — taught me the importance of servant leadership, as now I sit on our executive leadership team for the Crawford GTS division,” Douglas said. “This, paired with my time holding various leadership positions within Gamma Iota Sigma and Alpha Tau Omega, prepared me to lead effectively and through the lens of collaboration and service.“

RMI alumnus Douglas Dick in his ATO days in 2017 at the completion of Walk Hard. (TROY photo)
RMI alumnus Douglas Dick in his ATO days in 2017 at the completion of Walk Hard. (TROY photo)
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