State Farm’s Passion For Education Celebrated at Luncheon
March 6, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The annual State Farm Scholars luncheon, which took place on March
5 in the Young Main Lounge, brought company representatives together with many of
this year’s 100 scholarship recipients supported by grants from the State Farm Companies
Foundation. Over the first six years of this program, approximately 225 Illinois Wesleyan
students have been named State Farm Scholars.
“I know of no other liberal arts college in the United States that has a corporate
scholarship program with the same range and level of support that we enjoy through
the State Farm Scholars program,” said University President Richard F. Wilson. “And,
as everyone knows, State Farm’s commitment extends well beyond scholarships to other
key areas including the lead gift for our new State Farm Hall classroom building,
the Action Research Center, Accounting Leaders of Tomorrow and the Minority Academic
Achievement Celebration for elementary and high school students in McLean County.”
This spring the 125th State Farm Scholar will graduate from Illinois Wesleyan. Each
year 100 students, 25 from each class year, are provided with financial assistance
by the program, which began in 2008.
Tia Lindell, manager of the State Farm Companies Foundation, noted in her remarks
that “there’s a real passion for education” at State Farm and that comes in large
measure from their Chairman and CEO Edward B. Rust, Jr., a 1972 Illinois Wesleyan
graduate. She also noted that the Foundation is proud to be able to invest in students
who they are confident will be “great leaders” in their own right.
Senior accounting major Matt Pankau, who interned with State Farm over the summer
and will join the company following graduation, delivered remarks on behalf of his
fellow State Farm Scholars. Pankau noted that his first contact with State Farm came
when his father gave him an auto insurance card as a teen and that he was thankful
he never had to use it. He went on to thank State Farm for sending its executives
to share their expertise with his business classes and for what he described as the
“awesome State Farm Hall.”
To learn more about the State Farm Scholars program contact Jeff Mavros, director
of the Wesleyan Fund (309) 556-3024.