MassMutual Awards $155,000 In Scholarships To Students Across The Country

Jul 28, 2015, 13:00 ET from MassMutual

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) has awarded $155,000 in college scholarships to students across the country. The MassMutual Scholars program is a national scholarship program for eligible students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry. This year, MassMutual awarded $5,000 scholarships to 31 high-achieving college students to help them pursue their higher education dreams. Student applicants were evaluated on their academic performance, commitment to education, financial need, as well as a personal essay in which many shared poignant stories about their desires to achieve a degree and their need for assistance.

One of this year's recipients is Lilylynn Tran, a student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, HI -- majoring in Business and Entrepreneurship. One of her goals after college is to pursue a career in financial services where she can show people how to invest wisely and make their money work for them. Lilylynn's application touched on her challenges including paying for her tuition by working two jobs while attending school full-time. "Growing up I never thought college would be an opportunity granted to me because it would be a large financial burden to my family, but I wanted to give myself an education, therefore I continue to work hard to earn my degree," she said.

"Many of this year's MassMutual Scholars, like Lilylynn, have overcome great hardship and continue to strive toward earning their college degrees and creating a successful future for themselves," said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility at MassMutual. "Our congratulations to them all, and I hope these scholarships will help make it easier for them to attain their dreams."

The MassMutual Scholars program aims to increase college access to students nationally, as well as raise awareness of careers in financial services. It is one of many community-focused initiatives MassMutual provides as part of its nearly $11 million in charitable contributions annually.

To learn more about all of MassMutual's Scholarship programs and community responsibility initiatives visit


The 2015 MassMutual Scholars are:



Institution Name

Jacquelyn Adeseye

New Castle, DE

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Albert Appouh

Maplewood, NJ

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Liliana Barajas

Ocoee, FL

University of South Florida

Whitney Brown

Newport, NC

High Point University

Arianna Brown-Harris

Spokane Valley, WA

Eastern Washington University

Timothy Dostie

Westfield, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emily Gonzalez

Miami, FL

Santa Fe College

Anna Hiran

Houston, TX

University of Texas at Austin

Kelle Huerta

Katy, TX

Texas State University: San Marcos

Samantha Lander

Springfield, MA

Western New England University

Je Hak Lee

Babson Park, MA

Babson College

Yukki Leung

Philadelphia, PA

Penn State University: State College

Leah Lupu

Ovid, MI

Olivet College

Noor Marshall

Athens, GA

University of Georgia

Alanna Mccatty

Woodbridge, VA

Pace University

Dewey Milton III

Rocky Mount, VA

Radford University

Lamarr Nash

Olive Branch, MS

Fisk University

Michelle Nelson

Athens, OH

Ohio University

Loc Nguyen

Rowlett, TX

University of Texas at Dallas

Ruth Nieh

Mansfield Center, CT

University of Connecticut

Mark Perez

San Antonio, TX

St. Mary's University

Robert Reid

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University

Andrei Sabau

Temple, PA

Penn State University Park

Carolyn Sireci

Tolland, CT

Boston University

Daniel Smith

Lawrenceville, GA

University of Alabama

Adam Snyder

Roankoe, TX

Howard Payne University

Brady Tengberg

Provo, UT

Brigham Young University

Lilylynn Tran

Honolulu, HI

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Najjuwah Walden

Greensboro, NC

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Han Xue

Houston, NY

University of Maryland University College

Wenhui Yang

Boston, MA

Simmons College


About MassMutual
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurancedisability income insurancelong term care insuranceretirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company's strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

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Laura DeMars 

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