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Morgan State Receives $517,000 Grant for Travelers EDGE Program

Funding Supports Travelers EDGE Scholars in Actuarial Science and Graves Honors Programs

As part of an ongoing partnership with The Travelers Companies, Morgan State University (MSU) has received a $517,000 Travelers Foundation grant. The grant will be used to fund the Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment) program in the University’s business and science schools during the 2016-17 academic year. The collaboration was launched at Morgan eight years ago and since that time The Travelers Companies and Morgan State have worked together to help students further their academic ambitions and career goals.

“Travelers has been an outstanding corporate partner,“ said Dr. Karen L. Proudford, lead for the MSU Travelers Team. “The time and energy their dedicated employees have devoted to Morgan students are as important as the significant financial investment they’ve made in these young scholars’ futures.”

Through the Travelers EDGE Program, students in the Actuarial Science and Graves School Honors programs will receive financial support as well as leadership development, mentoring, and networking opportunities that accelerate their personal and professional growth. The funds also will be used to support the University’s Summer Academy of Math and Science (SAMS) program in addition to Morgan’s new Summer Program in Accounting and Finance (SPAF) from July 10-15, 2016.

So far, a total of 274 students have benefited from the Travelers EDGE program at Morgan – 34 college students and 240 high school students. Six Travelers EDGE Scholars will receive their undergraduate degrees during MSU’s 140th Commencement exercises on May 21, 2016.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home, and business. Travelers supports organizations that are building awareness of and personal readiness for post-secondary education and educational initiatives that increase the number of students who attend two- or four-year colleges and/or improve degree completion for underrepresented students.

Travelers and the Travelers Foundation have provided more than $59 million since 2009 to help address academic success, increase career preparedness and reduce barriers to higher education. Since the partnership began at Morgan in 2008, the University has received a total of $3.4 million from The Travelers Foundation to provide educational opportunities for college and high school students. Travelers has established EDGE program partnerships in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Maryland.

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