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$150,000 in Scholarships Awarded by MassMutual

  • Published: 2014-08-19 : Author: MassMutual : Contact: Laura DeMars - Ph. 413.744.7181 - Email:
  • Synopsis: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has awarded $150,000 in college scholarships to students across the country.

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"It is rewarding to know that so many students are diligently working towards obtaining a college degree and that the MassMutual Scholarship can help them get there."

The MassMutual Scholars program is a national scholarship program for eligible students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry.

This year, MassMutual awarded $2,500 and $5,000 scholarships to 31 high achieving college students to help them pursue their higher education dreams. Student applicants were evaluated on their academic performance, commitment to education, and financial need, as well as a personal essay in which many shared poignant stories about their desires to achieve a degree and their need for assistance.

One of this year's recipients is Bianca Morris, a student at Texas A&M University - San Antonio majoring in Business Administration and Management. Morris is also a second time MassMutual scholarship recipient, having received the scholarship last year. She says one of her goals after college is to become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Morris' application touched on her challenges including losing her home to fire last year, but still carrying on with her education. "Although I had trials and tribulations this past school year, I remained steadfast and stayed the course because I knew that I had people who invested in me, and I wanted to show my appreciation and reach my goals," she said.

"I'd like to congratulate all of this year's MassMutual Scholars," said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility at MassMutual. "It is rewarding to know that so many students are diligently working towards obtaining a college degree and that the MassMutual Scholarship can help them get there."

The MassMutual Scholars program aims to increase college access to students nationally, as well as raise awareness of careers in financial services. It is one of many initiatives in MassMutual's Community Responsibility programs, which provided more than $7 million in charitable contributions in 2013.

To learn more about all of MassMutual's Scholarship programs and community responsibility initiatives visit

The 2014 MassMutual Scholars are:
Najjuwah WaldenNorth Carolina A & T State University
Imran HasanUniversity of Iowa
Ulugmurod YarkulovGeorgia State University
Christian TriggTuskegee University
Takashi YanagiUniversity of Notre Dame
Christopher SanfordOklahoma Baptist University
Gregory HackerUniversity of Alabama
Alexander SchachterPennsylvania State University
Maheen AmjadUniversity of Houston
Richard SpilsburyUniversity of Phoenix - Main Campus
Hawa BahBerkeley College
Robert AgrinzonisFlorida International University
Aubriann FoxMonmouth University
Marcella SingleyRutgers University-Camden
Bianca MorrisTexas A & M University - San Antonio
Mirko RanieriHarvard College
Kyle AhnSalt Lake Community College
Timothy DostieUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Charles KimGeorgetown University
Michael CallasClarion University of Pennsylvania
Gabrielle MatthewsUniversity of Mississippi
Danielle CarsonCoe College
David GarzaUniversity of Texas - Pan American
Andres Vivas LopezDrexel University
Limary Lopez-OrtizUniversity of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras
Amy HeUniversity of California - Berkeley
Guan Hua XieSouthern Methodist University
Jessica BurlClarkson University
Steven CorneliusMissouri State University
Sandra MederUpper Iowa University
Andrew CurtissMount San Antonio College

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