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Insurance company plans funding for Tulsa, Oklahoma City youths

Sun Life Financial’s Rising Star Award will help underserved youths in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 26, 2014
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Sun Life Financial, an insurance and investment management company serving clients worldwide, has announced that its Rising Star Award for outstanding high school students and nonprofit organizations that help underserved youths will be available in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

The company will donate $110,000 in grants and scholarships, said Ed Milano, Sun Life Financial U.S. vice president of marketing.

Two nonprofits will be awarded $50,000 each and in turn will nominate a high school student to receive a $5,000 scholarship to go toward financing a college education.

For a nonprofit organization to be eligable for a Sun Life Rising Star Award grant, the organization must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, promote skills to high school students that directly translate to educational success and collaborate with a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

Student nominees must be high school seniors actively involved in an organization that shares the Sun Life Rising Star Award’s mission. Nominated students are required to submit a 750-word essay.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for the grant by going to www.sunliferisingstar.com. Grant application deadline is June 9.