NEW YORK, N.Y., January 31, 2008 — For the fourth year in a row, New York Life Insurance Company awarded scholarships to college students who achieve academic success and play an active role in their communities. The Cirilo A. McSween — New York Life — Rainbow/PUSH Excel Scholarship awards are given in honor of New York Life’s first African-American agent, who started working for the company over 50 years ago. Besides being a member of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's board of directors, Mr. McSween is also president of Cirilo's Inc., a renowned civil rights activist who worked closely with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was national treasurer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the time Dr. King was president of the organization. Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. presented the awards to the scholars at a luncheon recently.
Pictured with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition left to right are: Jermell Smith of Chicago, IL, a freshman at Florida A&M University; Jasmine Shaw of Chicago, IL, a freshman at Spelman College; Lorielle Hondras of South Holland, IL, a freshman at Florida A&M University; and Cameron Thomas-Shah of West Bloomfield, MI, a freshman at Morehouse College. Not pictured: Tamara Latham of Brooklyn, NY, a sophomore at Buffalo State College.
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|New York Life Announces Recipients of the Fourth Annual Cirilo A. McSween - New York Life - Rainbow/Push Excel Scholarship|