Scholarship program helps 250 North American students do more
(Toronto, ON, February 2, 2017) – Foresters Financial™ proudly supports students who share the organization’s commitment to doing more by awarding 250 community-minded scholars across North America with renewable scholarships worth up to $8,000 each. The program is currently open and accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program is one of the ways that Foresters lives its purpose of enriching lives and building strong communities. The program is unique in that students must not only achieve a strong academic record but, more importantly, must demonstrate a commitment to community service.
“Foresters is proud to present academic scholarships to students who share our values of doing more,” said Cheryl Neal, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer at Foresters. “Our 2016-2017 scholarship winners carried out an average of 800 hours of community service – a truly impressive achievement! Through our investment in their academics, we hope to help these students focus on their future and continue to make a positive impact in their communities.”
Ashtyn Shaw is an exceptional example of a Foresters Competitive Scholarship winner. She is currently attending the University of Oklahoma studying human relations with a minor in non-profit organizations − and she already has a wealth of experience in the field.
Following her own personal battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 15, Ashtyn founded The Amazingly Small Heroes Project (The A.S.H Project), a charitable organization that sends volunteers to the Fort Worth, Texas children’s hospital dressed-up as princesses and superheroes to cheer up children and their families who are battling serious illnesses.
“My goal is to show the children that a child fighting for their life is just as beautiful as any princess and just as brave as any superhero,” explained Ashtyn. “To the kids, these characters are real so to see their heroes take the time to visit them and tell them that they’re strong, beautiful and more than just a kid in a hospital – that’s an experience they’ll remember.”
In the last five years alone, Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program has awarded more than 5,500 new and renewed academic scholarships internationally, an investment of more than $11.7 million (CAD).
“The Foresters scholarship made it possible for me to go to the university of my choosing,” said Ashtyn. “Foresters helps pay for my education, but at the same time it makes sure that I can focus solely on my education.”
Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., and is open to eligible Foresters members1, their spouses and dependent children, grandchildren who will be continuing their postsecondary education and children under the care of a legal guardian who is an eligible Foresters member. Eligible students who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.8 or 70% may apply. Foresters members interested in applying for a scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year can do so from December 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017.
For more information on Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program, visit foresters.com.
About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $34 billion2. With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities. For more information, visit foresters.com.
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