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New York Life Announces Recipients of the Seventh Annual Cirilo A. McSween – New York Life – Rainbow Push Excel Scholarship

Company Has Awarded More Than $195,000 Since 2004 When The Scholarship Began

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 8, 2011 – For the seventh year in a row, New York Life Insurance Company awarded scholarships to full-time undergraduate students who are majoring in business, achieve academic success with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and play an active role in their communities. Scholarships are given in honor of New York Life’s first African-American agent, Cirilo McSween, who became an agent in 1957, qualifying for the Million Dollar Round Table (an association of leading sales professionals in the life insurance industry) that year and 26 years thereafter. Mr. McSween, who passed away in 2008, was a member of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's board of directors and a renowned civil rights activist who worked closely with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The McSween Scholarship recipients for 2011 are:

  • Brooke Mosley of Aurora, IL, a freshman at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida;
  • Darius Ahmad Ardison of Bolingbrook, IL, a freshman at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois;
  • Kirsten Davis of Bolingbrook, IL, a freshman at University of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois;
  • Kyle Brown of Uniondale, NY, a freshman at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia; and
  • Paige Thomas of Calumet City, IL, a junior at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.