Belmont senior Lesya Zhukovska, who is studying mathematics, was awarded the Southeastern Actuaries Conference (SEAC) Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Each year the Southeastern Actuaries Conference funds actuarial science scholarships for full-time students at universities and colleges in the Southeast who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in the actuarial field. The SEAC Scholarship Committee receives scholarship applications from students and then meets to select the scholarship winners, typically five each year. The actuarial profession is usually ranked in the top five of career choices. Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur and to help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk.