“I can tell you right now that Grambling State University is currently number one on the leader board with Tuskegee University in second place, and Jackson State University in third place. Grambling State University has won the competition twice in three years,” said Cheryl Harris regarding Allstate’s 2015 Quotes for Education program. “Again the goal is to get as many people possible engaged to quote and vote, so we can donate up to a total of $250,000 in support of HBCU scholarships”.
For the fifth year, Allstate is partnering with the Tom Joyner Foundation for the Quotes for Education program (QFE). The initiative is designed to raise funding for students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to ensure that they’re able to stay in school and finish their degrees. For the third straight year, Allstate granted an interview with their Senior Vice-President and Florida A&M University alumnus Cheryl Harris regarding the program and the current challenges facing HBCUs. The important points from that interview which took place on Sept. 17, were:
• Between August 1 and Nov. 30, Allstate will donate $10, up to $200,000, to the Tom Joyner Foundation general scholarship funds for every person who receives a quote and mentions Quotes for Education to participating agents.
• For the fourth year, participants can also vote for an HBCU of their choice to receive an additional $50,000 for scholarships.
• The school with the most votes will receive the $50,000. In 2013 and 2014, Grambling State University won the fan voting competition. In 2012, Lincoln University won the competition.
The QFE program encourages students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs around the country to assist the future generation and help raise scholarship funds. According to a 2013 report by the Council for Aid to Education, only 10 percent of HBCU alumni actively give back to their alma maters, a paltry number. Furthermore, the resulting budget cuts and diminishing financial aid options have led to a decline in student enrollment.
“What’s happening with the state funded HBCUs, is that the states have moved more towards a performance based funding model. Schools can therefore be impacted by their delivery against those metrics,” Mrs. Harris said regarding current issues HBCU’s are facing. “For that reason a program like ours becomes really important in closing the funding gap for deserving students at HBCUs by allowing them to staying in school. Our collaboration with the Tom Joyner foundation allows to us donate $10 for every quote received, and subsequently donate up to $200,000. In addition to that we’re also encouraging supporters to vote for their favorite HBCU so their school can win an additional $50,000 in scholarships funding as a part of the HBC I owe U initiative”.
“Seeing what Grambling State University has done in our voting competition makes me smile. It’s not just the students on campus. Grambling State University also actively engages faculty and the community and in doing so build awareness and good will for the HBCUs,” Mrs. Harris continued.
“We need the readers to participate by going to: http://allstatequotesforeducation.com/home,” Mrs. Harris said in closing. “They can go there to find a participating agent. They can get a quote and while there they’re there, they can take the opportunity to vote”.