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Richfield, Ohio – October 1, 2013 – National Interstate Insurance Company, a leading provider of transportation and specialty insurance since 1989, has announced a new college scholarship program in partnership with Kent State University.  The company has pledged a three-year commitment to the program, which is available to Kent State students pursuing insurance or related college of business degrees.

The National Interstate Insurance Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership skills in either community or university activities.  A full list of eligibility requirements can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid at Kent State University.

“We are very pleased to expand our community outreach and commitment to Northeast Ohio with National Interstate’s first scholarship program,” said Pamela McDermid, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at National Interstate.  “This scholarship supports students who are dedicated to giving back to their community or have assumed a leadership role at the university.  It also strengthens our ongoing relationship with Kent State, and helps bring top recruits to National Interstate.”

“Hiring talented, college educated professionals is absolutely essential as we to continue to grow the successful and dynamic company we have built over the past 24 years,” said Dave Michelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Interstate.  “We have historically targeted our efforts on college recruiting, including paid internships, especially at Northeast Ohio schools. The number of internships we offer has increased significantly over the past several years, and this scholarship enhances our other career development initiatives.  We look forward to awarding it to qualifying students.”   

For more information on the National Interstate Insurance Leadership Scholarship, visit the Kent State website at:  Also visit for information on National Interstate’s job opportunities, benefits and work environment.

About National Interstate

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National Interstate Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Interstate Corporation, is a specialty property and casualty insurance company with a niche orientation and focus on the transportation industry.  We differentiate ourselves by offering insurance products and services designed to meet the unique needs of targeted insurance buyers.  Products include insurance for passenger, moving and storage, and truck transportation companies, alternative risk transfer, or captive insurance programs for commercial risks, specialty personal lines consisting of insurance products focused primarily on recreational vehicle owners, and transportation and general commercial insurance in Hawaii and Alaska.  National Interstate and its insurance subsidiaries, which include Vanliner Insurance Company and Triumphe Casualty Company, are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Founded in 1989, we are headquartered in Richfield, Ohio with operations in Kapolei, Hawaii, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Fenton, Missouri.