The Edmond Sun

April 18, 2014

Sun Life Financial accepting grant applications


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The U.S. Business Group of Sun Life Financial Inc. recently announced its Request For Applications for Sun Life Rising Star Awards grants from Tulsa/Oklahoma City Area nonprofit organizations that promote the academic achievement of under-served youth. Applications are available now at sunliferisingstar.com. The deadline for submissions is June 9.

Donating a total of $110,000 in grants and scholarships, Sun Life will award two winning organizations with $50,000 grants, and in turn, each nonprofit will nominate an exemplary student to receive a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship toward financing a college education.

This year, the program will award grants and scholarships in five metropolitan areas: Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, South Florida and the Tulsa/Oklahoma City area. By the end of 2014, Sun Life Financial will have committed nearly $5 million to 86 students and 79 nonprofit organizations in 16 cities across the country.

To be considered for a Sun Life Rising Star Award grant, organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, promote skills that directly translate to educational success in high school to students under the age of 21, and collaborate with a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

Student nominees must be high school seniors actively involved in an organization that shares the Sun Life Rising Star Awards’ mission. They also must plan to pursue post-secondary education, exhibit leadership qualities and demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities. Nominated students are required to submit a 750-word essay.