Life of Significance - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Life of Significance

When people talk about rugby, it’s not just about the game. Rugby is known for its sense of community, loyalty, commitment and integrity. Similarly, Penn Mutual’s values are deeply woven into the fabric of our culture since our earliest days — acting with integrity, respecting one another, focusing on relationships, sustaining our legacy, a shared sense of belonging.

2017 Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award Winner: Jenna Jones, United States Naval Academy

2016 Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award Winner: David Caputo, Univeristy of Michigan


Rugby players do some amazing things off the field – Michigan’s David Caputo was the 2016 Penn Mutual Life Of Significance Winner – Have a nomination for 2018? Contact The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company for more info!

Posted by USA Sevens Rugby on Monday, May 8, 2017


The Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award is presented annually to a collegiate student-athlete, either male or female, participating in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship to honor the values of both the rugby community and Penn Mutual. The contenders exemplify notable values – such as integrity, respect, and loyalty – not only on the rugby pitch, but off as well, through actions like serving as a mentor, giving back to the community or working with a charitable organization to ensure a better future for others.

The genesis of The Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award comes from the book, “Living a Life of Significance,” by Joseph Jordan, which focuses on how the life insurance industry positively impacts society.


The chosen recipient is recognized publicly during the Collegiate Rugby Championship and upon winning the award, a $5,000 contribution is made to a charity of the athlete’s choice. The winner’s rugby program also receives $1,000 in Rhino Rugby gear for equipment needs.

The inaugural Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award was presented to David Schroeder, then a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy for his selfless acts of leadership and his commitment to serving our country. In 2016, David Caputo from the University of Michigan received the award as a result of his commitment to giving back to underprivileged youth.  Most recently, Jenna Jones, from the U.S. Naval Academy, became the first female to win the award and was recognized for her history of volunteerism, most notably with Maryland Special Olympics and Girls on the Run.