Legal & General America (LGA), a top ten US life insurer, awarded Nyraysia Robinson, Stockton University junior majoring in environmental science, its annual $10,000 Life Lessons Scholarship. This scholarship, part of non-profit Life Happens' annual program, recognizes students like Robinson for their perseverance following the loss of a parent or guardian with little to no life insurance coverage.
“With this scholarship, I'll be able to continue to keep my promise to my dad to achieve a higher education,” said Robinson.
Robinson’s life turned upside down when she lost her father to illness. In the wake of his death were medical bills, other debt and a young woman wanting to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a wildlife biologist. While her mom has worked hard to overcome adversity, the financial strain still exists.
“The greatest peace of mind a person can have is protecting the things that really matter and ensuring those who depend on you are taken care of, “ said Mark Holweger, President and CEO of Legal & General America. “We are proud to award this scholarship to Nyraysia, who persevered through a very difficult time and is determined to succeed in her studies and beyond.”
Through its annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program, Life Happens recognizes students through scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, to help pay for their college education. The program started in 2005 and has awarded roughly $2,200,000 to nearly 615 students. LGA has worked with Life Happens for over 10 years on the program.
“Reading these students’ stories serves as a reality check for many and reminds us of the importance of life insurance, especially for families. It’s not for you, but for those you leave behind. All of us at Life Happens are truly honored to play even a small part in these student’s lives. This has been a truly outstanding year for the program with $345,000 being awarded thanks to the support of our sponsors like Legal and General America,” said Andrea Englert, manager of Consumer & Industry Programs at Life Happens.