Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–January 19, 2007–WellPoint, Inc., the nation’s largest health benefits company donates $50,000 in a cash contribution to THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF). WellPoint’s contribution will help aid minority undergraduate and graduate students majoring in advertising, marketing and public relations.
“At WellPoint, we strive to be a reflection of the members we serve and the communities in which we live and work,” said Vice President of Diversity and Workforce Development at WellPoint, David Casey. “THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION shares our commitment to diversity, and we are proud to support their continued efforts with our donation.”
Each year, TLF provides $100,000 in scholarships to minority students throughout the nation. Ten undergraduate students will receive a $5,000 scholarship and five graduate students will receive a $10,000 scholarship.
Throughout the year, TLF coordinates career development workshops for students. The workshops give students the opportunity to interact with industry professionals.
“We are very thankful to WellPoint for giving such a generous contribution,” said Founder/Chairman of TLF, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “Students will benefit greatly from this donation, and we look forward to working with WellPoint in the future.”
TLF also provides internships to students at selected advertising, marketing and public relations agencies, as well as publishing companies and communications-related businesses. The internships provide the students with hands-on experience as they are preparing for their careers.
THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African Americans, American Indians/Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Island Americans and Hispanics/Latinos. For more information, please call Programs Manager, Ericka Avila at 323.469.8680, ext. 223 or visit http://www.lagrantfoundation.org.
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint’s mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United States. Through its nationwide networks, the company delivers a number of leading health benefit solutions through a broad portfolio of integrated health care plans and related services, along with a wide range of specialty products such as life and disability insurance benefits, pharmacy benefit management, dental, vision, behavioral health benefit services, as well as long term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at http://www.wellpoint.com.