In September, Allstate granted an interview with their Senior Vice-President Cheryl Harris, to discuss their 2015 Quotes for Education (QFE) collaboration with the Tom Joyner Foundation. The program which is in its fifth year is designed to help students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) complete their educations by providing financial assistance in cases when it’s needed. As a part of National Scholarship Month, Allstate arranged a second interview on Nov. 5, this time with their Student Ambassador Sharnada Martin. Ms. Martin, a student at Delaware State University discussed her background, how QFE helped her on her educational journey, and what supporters can do to help.
“I chose Delaware State University because it was not far from my home of Philadelphia, Pa., and it really felt like a family atmosphere. I just knew that there was something bigger out there for me, so I worked really hard in school, and excelled academically,” Ms. Martin, a junior Accounting major said discussing her educational path. “I received some financial aid prior to coming to Delaware State University, but I needed some extra assistance to stay in school. After I arrived here, I found out about the Allstate QFE scholarships.”
“Receiving the scholarship from QFE was a big stress reliever, because I was worried about paying for the rest of my tuition so that I could finish my education. In addition to paying the rest of my tuition, the scholarship also assisted me with the books that I needed. This allowed me to focus more on my academics in addition to getting involved in other important activities around campus.
“Students and supporters can get involved by going to: www.allstate.com/HBCU. There they can get a quote and vote for the HBCU of their choice. They can also call a participating agent and mention the QFE program. In either case, Allstate will donate $10 to the Tom Joyner Foundation totaling up to $200,000 in scholarship funds. If you just love your HBCU, or if there’s one in particular that you support, you can also go on line and vote for your favorite HBCU and Allstate will donate $50,000 to the school with the most votes.”
“I’m the youngest, and the second of five siblings to go to college to pursue their higher education. I’ll be the first of us to stay in and graduate. For any student out there that is struggling and is from a similar background, there is hope and there is a possibility,” Ms. Martin said conveying hope to students facing similar circumstances. “If you have a dream and faith and you work towards your goals, everything will work out. I’m a living testimony that anything can happen and I just want to say to follow your dreams.”
“My dream is to become a Certified Public Accountant but I’m also a licensed Cosmetologist. When I picked my major I decided to pursue business education in case I wanted to go into business for myself, so I also have a plan B,” Ms. Martin said in closing. “Allstate is very dedicated to diversity which is one of their main motivations behind this program.”