COUNTRY Insurance Awards Two Students Scholarships
January 14, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University students Dan Armstrong and Bukola
Olaosebikan have been awarded scholarships by Bloomington-based COUNTRY Insurance
and Financial Services.
Armstrong, a senior English-writing and sociology double major, and Olaosebikan, a
junior business administration and computer science double major, are interns in different
departments at COUNTRY.
Armstrong, who began his internship at COUNTRY in August 2007, is an intern in the
public relations department. He writes press releases and contributes to numerous
communications projects, including the monitoring of media coverage. Armstrong says
he has also “written for the company’s employee magazine, helped prep subject-matter
experts for media interviews, and worked with firms on various promotions and projects.”
The son of Mark and Lynn Armstrong of Carlinville, Ill., Armstrong plans to start
his career in a public relations or journalism position either for a sports team or
Olaosebikan, who began at COUNTRY in January 2007, works in the recruiting and marketing
division on a variety of projects including marketing campaigns and updating the department’s
database. She also helps assess project progress and results.
Originally from Nigeria, the daughter of Drs. Kofo and Bola Olaosebikan, she intends
to pursue a post-graduate degree or work full time after graduating in May 2009.
The scholarships, available to interns and work-study students at COUNTRY, “recognize
corporate intern students for outstanding academic achievement and service contributions
to the organization and community,” said Chris Anderson, a media relations coordinator
for the company.
Criteria for the scholarships include employment at COUNTRY as an intern or work-study
student and a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must also submit their
resumes, a list of extracurricular activities they participate in, and write a themed
essay. The essay topic this year was “What does financial security mean to you, and
why do you feel financial security is important in today’s society?”
For additional information, contact Anderson at (309) 821-2031.
Contact: Heather Lindquist, (309) 556-3181