The U.S. business group of Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF, TSX: SLF) today announced Boston’s Sun Life Rising Star Award recipients, providing $110,000 in grants and scholarships to two community organizations City Year Boston and Sociedad Latina and an exemplary student nominated by each: Jeremiah E. Burke High School’s Terel Andrews and East Boston High School’s Vickie Miranda.
Boston Celtics Co-Owner Steve Pagliuca and guard Avery Bradley helped Sun Life Vice President of Human Resources Sean Woodroffe, Voluntary Benefits Distribution National Sales Manager Tom Gilligan and Regional Vice President Mike Joyce surprise the students with their scholarships at a special presentation prior to the Celtics vs. Wizards game at TD Garden. Sun Life has been a sponsor of the Boston Celtics since 2010.
The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program recognizes nonprofits that redress low high school graduation rates and honors outstanding students who have overcome significant obstacles to succeed. The program also promotes financial literacy as a means to achieve life-long financial wellness and stability. Each winning organization receives a $50,000 grant and selects an exemplary student they work with to receive a $5,000 college scholarship. Since the program’s inception, Sun Life has granted nearly $3 million to 54 students and 47 nonprofit organizations across the country. This year, Sun Life expanded the program to seven cities from five in 2011, and will award grants and scholarships to students and nonprofits in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and South Florida.
The winners and their families were treated to meet and greets with Pagliuca and Bradley and watched the game from a luxury suite. Pagliuca served on this year’s Rising Star judging panel along with other prominent local business and community members.“We are making an investment in our youth, our education system and the workforce of tomorrow through our Sun Life Rising Star Awards program,” said Sun Life Financial U.S. President Wes Thompson. “It’s a privilege to reward these incredible students who have persevered in the face of adversity and stayed committed to furthering their education. We believe they need only opportunity and support to realize their full potential.”