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MassMutual Scholars Program to Provide $150,000 to College Students Nationwide
1/16/2014 2:30:59 PM


SPRINGFIELD, MA -- For the sixth straight year, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) will offer $150,000 in scholarships to high-achieving college students across the country. The company plans to give thirty scholarships to hard-working students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industries.

"Through the MassMutual Scholars Program, we are able to provide financial support to talented students working toward college degrees across the country," said Nick Fyntrilakis, MassMutual, Vice President, Community Responsibility. "We are proud to help these individuals, particularly those who may face challenges that threaten their ability to complete their higher-educational studies. At the same time, the program reinforces our commitment to building a diverse workforce and serving diverse communities."

The scholarship program is open to students of all majors. Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in pursuit of an undergraduate degree, demonstrate financial need, and meet certain academic requirements, such as minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

One of last year's recipients, Christopher Parkhurst, a former U.S. Air Force team leader and now a student at California State University, Sacramento, was selected for a second year to receive the award. He now is poised to become the first member of his family to earn a college degree, something his Great Grandma Cardoza would be proud to see. "She would say that our family came to this country so that we would have greater opportunities," he said. "Even though it took me longer before I went to college than she would have wanted, I'm proud to be the first one from my family to do it."

The application deadline for this year's awards is May 2, 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must:
-be entering sophomore, junior, senior, or 5th-year senior year in pursuit of an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.
-plan to attend a degree-seeking program, full-time, at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam during the 2014-2015 academic year.
-have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
complete and submit for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
-show proof of U.S. citizenship of legal permanent residency with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).

For more information on how to apply or to obtain an application, visit

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