"New York Life is proud to support tomorrow’s leaders with scholarships that pay tribute to a trailblazer," said Eugene Mitchell, corporate vice president and African-American market manager. "These students are carrying on in Mr. McSween’s footsteps by incorporating the same values that he lived and breathed: determination, solid moral principles, academic aspiration, honesty and humanity. We congratulate them on getting here today and wish them continued success."
The 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 for 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 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Forty-nine students have received more than $235,000 in scholarship funding since the program began in 2004. The 2012-2013 McSween Scholarship recipients are:
-Basil Lloyd Anderson of Brooklyn, New York, a freshman at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia;-Chelby Rogers of Chicago, Illinois, a freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C.;-Imani Hughes of Bolingbrook, Illinois, a freshman at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana;-Maya McWhorter of Flossmoor, Illinois, a freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C.; and-Tanjeria Crite of Chicago, Illinois, a freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C.