State Farm Insurance awards OLLU $25,000 scholarship grant and internship positions
Grant and internships pave the way OLLU and State Farm partnership

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) announced recently that it received 10 $2,500 scholarships, for a total of $25,000, from State Farm Insurance.  In addition, scholarship winners will have the opportunity to learn the business through an internship with State Farm Insurance in San Antonio. This scholarship kicks off a partnership between State Farm and OLLU. Scholarship winners will have an opportunity to learn the insurance business through internships with State Farm in San Antonio, and State Farm will have an opportunity, through the students, to learn more about the Hispanic community. 

At this time, two students have been chosen to receive the inaugural scholarships. Daisy Flores, a junior
accounting major, is from San Antonio. Jaime Aleman, a senior accounting major, is originally from Austin. Both students are the first in their families to attend college and both are fluent in Spanish. The remainder of the $2,500 scholarships will be awarded later this year and in 2010.

State Farm is pleased to offer scholarships and internships to these talented OLLU students,” said State Farm Vice President of Agency Chris Schell. “While we look forward to educating them on our business, indeed, we can continue to learn from them on the best ways to serve the Hispanic population in San Antonio and throughout the state. We look forward to a successful partnership going forward.”

“We are proud of the partnership we have forged with State Farm Insurance,” said Robert Bisking, PhD, dean of OLLU’s School of Business and Leadership. “This new relationship will be mutually beneficial as we look upon State Farm for their guidance in helping our students become more business-savvy students, and as we help guide State Farm in becoming more prominent in the Hispanic market.” Dr. Velma Gooding, assistant professor of marketing, is the faculty mentor for Aleman and Flores. Dr. Gooding oversees the Bachelor of Business Administration in Hispanic Marketing program at OLLU. The degree, one of the first of its kind in the nation, was created with the San Antonio chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). The San Antonio AMA helped develop the program’s curriculum and helps provide students with a real-world perspective of the industry.

OLLU has the highest percentage of Hispanic enrollment at both the graduate and undergraduate levels of all Catholic universities in the U.S., and it awards the highest percentage, per total student enrollment, of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to Hispanics of all Catholic universities in the U.S. In addition, OLLU’s total enrollment is more than 60 percent Hispanic.

Top left photo: State Farm's Christine Rodriguez (top right, standing) takes (from left) Dr. Velma Gooding, Daisy Flores and Jaime Aleman on a tour of the company's Texas headquarters in Austin. They listen as State Farm employee Dana Baird describes her day-to-day tasks.

Bottom right photo: (From left) Dr.Gooding, Flores, Chris Schell, Aleman and Derenda Keating get together during the scholarship presentation on March 9. Keating is State Farm's agency field executive in San Antonio and will be overseeing the internship with the OLLU students.  
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