Quotes for Education, Allstate Insurance and Tom Joyner’s joint scholarship program which offers financial assistance for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, certainly passed down their message on the importance of giving back to this year’s scholarship recipients. Desharee Williams, a senior at Bethune-Cookman University, and Tasha Alexis, a junior at Spelman College, spoke out on how their Quotes for Education scholarship reward reinstalled the notion of giving back to their communities and campuses.
For the last four years, Quotes for Education has upheld their motto of granting college access to students regardless of economic barriers. Both recipients Alexis and Williams have transferred this same element of altruism onto their own campuses.
“I have learned that my education at Spelman College is meant to serve more than myself; it is meant to provide me with the skills and knowledge to go out in the world and help others,” Alexis commented.
Alexis who is active in organizations such as Operation P.E.A.C.E, which aims to improve the lives of underprivileged children, has served her community mainly through mentorships and community advancement programs. She attributes her community involvement with programs like Quotes for Education that taught her the value in uplifting the black community. Alexis noted, “Using my education as well as my current and future endeavors, I want to empower the black community by providing it with opportunities for advancement and ensuring that its members are never underserved.”
Like Alexis, Williams has mirrored the Quotes for Education motto in her campus involvement. As a leader of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), an organization that brings business concepts to a diverse network, Williams has built a strong, business reputation for her school as she’s led her team in two nationwide competitions and groomed her predecessors for efficient leadership. “I hope to pass on the torch to those behind me…I want to make sure that I can really focus on giving back and teaching others about financial responsibility so that when I leave, we can continue to uphold the activities and service that we can provide on campus,” Williams remarked.
With Allstate and Tom Joyner’s notable scholarship program, Quotes for Education has not only promoted community service to its recipients, but also allowed for students to excel within their collegiate parameters. “Quotes for Education took care of my financial responsibilities…I’m really glad that they are actually looking into HBCUs to provide the finance because we have a lot of great students here that really turn into great and successful citizens,” commented Williams.
Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation will continue their efforts of donating $10 for every person who receives an insurance quote from an Allstate agent and mentions Quotes for Education between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012. With the expectation of donating a total of $150,000, Allstate will pass on the funds raised to Tom Joyner Foundation, which will be earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist students attending HBCUs.
This year marks the first year that participants in this program will also have a chance to vote for the HBCU of their choice to receive a separate $50,000 donation for scholarships specifically at that school.
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