NEW YORK, N.Y., January 26, 2009– For the fifth 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 Scholarships are given in honor of New York Life’s first African-American agent, who started working for the company over 50 years ago. Cirilo McSween died on Wednesday, November 4, 2008, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 82. Besides being a member of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's board of directors, Mr. McSween was also president of Cirilo’s Inc and a renowned civil rights activist who worked closely with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as national treasurer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the time Dr. King was its president.
The McSween Scholarship recipients for 2009 left to right are: Nicholas Earl Jones of Chicago, IL, a freshman at Howard University; Sarah Joehana Woods of Brooklyn, NY, a freshman at Long Island University; Chukwudi Motanya of Lithonia, GA, a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania; Bianca Chandrea Mallory of Covington, GA, a freshman at Valdosta State University; Allan Claude Jean-Baptiste of Milton, MA, a freshman at Harvard University.
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|New York Life Announces Recipients of the Fifth Annual Cirilo A. McSween – New York Life – Rainbow PUSH Excel Scholarship|