Boise, Idaho, April 13, 2011 - A $5,400 grant from State Farm Insurance will help under represented students at Boise State University gain a better understanding of personal finances, credit and budgeting. Under represented students include low-income and first generation college students.
Local State Farm agents Kathleen Rankin and Garrett Miyauchi on April 14 will present a check for the grant amount to Scott Willison, director of the Center for Multicultural and Education Opportunities.
“State Farm’s generous support will allow us to provide a series of financial literacy workshops that can contribute to the success of our students and to the region,” Willison said. “This partnership reflects State Farm’s and Boise State’s commitment to promote financial literacy and strengthen the diverse communities in the region and tomorrow’s workforce.”
Maria Ventura, State Farm spokesperson, said “State Farm’s mission is to help people realize their dreams. Much of that begins with the basic financial skills which many teens and young adults need to develop. We are proud to support Boise State’s efforts to provide financial literacy education.”
The financial literacy series will benefit students in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Student Success Program (SSP) and the McNair Scholars Program. All three are programs of the Center for Multicultural and Education Opportunities and serve non-traditional students. The center and its programs are part of the College of Education.
CAMP helps migrant or seasonal farm workers and their children go to college. SSP provides academic support and opportunities for students to participate in activities with their fellow students. The McNair program prepares undergraduate scholars to successfully pursue a doctorate and careers in university teaching and research.
The State Farm agents presented the check at a campus showcase that gave students a chance to talk to local professionals about different careers and potential jobs. The students also interviewed for summer internships. CAMP and the High School Equivalency Program, another program of the center, sponsored the showcase.
Mike Journee, University Communications, (208) 426-1517.
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Maria Ventura, State Farm Insurance, (253) 912-6459.
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the United States, is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and 68,600 employees serve 81 million policies and accountsmore than 78.7 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.9 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com or in Canada statefarm.ca.