BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Corey Schieler ’97, an Illinois Wesleyan University alum in his
22nd year as an investment professional at State Farm, is part of a team that manages
approximately $300 billion in assets for the Fortune top 40 company headquartered
On Wednesday, Feb. 20 during the annual State Farm Scholars Luncheon, Schieler spoke
to Illinois Wesleyan student-scholarship recipients about State Farm’s significant
investment in their education and future.
“At State Farm, when we look to invest in a company, we first ask ourselves two basic
questions: ‘Is this an essential business?’ and ‘What makes the business special?’”
“As your speaker today, representing the annual investment that State Farm has made
in you,” Schieler continued, “I challenge you – whatever your major – to find a way
to -- one -- be essential to advancing your chosen profession, and -- two -- find
a way to be special in that profession.”
Schieler, who majored in Risk Management and Economics, reflected aloud upon his “crucial
time” as an Illinois Wesleyan student, citing career-shaping experiences including
his portfolio class and a financial analyst internship at the World Trade Center in
New York City.
“IWU taught me to think critically and be an effective communicator – both skills
I need in helping State Farm manage its large and growing investments portfolio,”
Schieler concluded his remarks by congratulating the State Farm Scholars for their
achievements and contributions to the University, and he praised Illinois Wesleyan
for continuing to serve as an essential and special place in the realm of higher learning.
State Farm scholarship recipient Grainne Kelly ’19 (Orland Park, Illinois), a psychology
major and first-generation college student, thanked State Farm for their investment
which made IWU accessible. She shared her personal story with luncheon guests who
included students, faculty, staff, and current and retired State Farm employees with
Illinois Wesleyan connections.
“With the support of State Farm and their passion to provide students with what I
now know to be some of the greatest years of my life, my fellow students and I have
been blessed with so much more than just the experiences that come along with a four-year
college education,” Kelly said.
Kelly, who is also a four-year member and two-year captain of the IWU women’s lacrosse
team, said that she and her fellow senior classmates are prepared to pursue their
passions, spread their knowledge and achieve their goals upon graduation.
“It is impossible to convey just how thankful we are for all that Illinois Wesleyan
has given us,” Kelly said. “None of this would be possible without the help and support
of State Farm, and for that, we are eternally grateful.”
President Eric Jensen echoed Kelly’s gratitude to State Farm for the company’s continued
support of, and collaboration with, Illinois Wesleyan.
“State Farm, through its commitment to this institution, has made a difference in
the lives of our students through this scholarship program and in so many other ways,”