The Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of The Travelers Companies, Inc., supports six tribal and five mainstream American Indian college students with $4,000 scholarships through its donations to the American Indian College Fund. Students must earn a 3.0 grade point average and major in fields related to business, accounting, computer science, actuarial science, or math. Scholarship recipients are selected from locations near Travelers Companies’ offices.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home, and business. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2009. The company provides support for charitable organizations in the community through the Travelers Foundation and with corporate funding. The company’s community giving is focused on education, community development and the arts. Travelers employees are consistently active in community initiatives and perform thousands of hours in volunteer time each year. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.
Jannika is a 20-year-old sophomore at Haskell Indian Nations University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Growing up in South Dakota and Colorado, she says she always knew she wanted to attend college, not only for myself but also for her family. “I’ve seen the struggles a lot of Native American youth go through and it helped me realize my potential to strive towards bettering my education so that one day I can give back to the community and help younger generations within my tribe,” Jannika says.
She knows herself about some of the struggles young Natives face. She says, “When I was younger, my mom and I moved around a lot due to financial issues. I admit it was hard moving from school to school and having to cope with a different atmosphere every time.
One thing I always remember her telling me, though, was to never give up on my education, because pursuing a college degree would help me along my career path. Seeing her overcome the hardships we faced proved that never giving up can get you through anything you set your mind on. When I felt as if I had failed at something, she would always tell me this quote, ‘tough times don’t last; tough people do.’ To this day, those words encourage me to persevere towards any goal I set for myself.”
I believe the accomplishments I achieve in my college career are something I can use towards showing Native American youth that anything is possible if you just set your mind to it.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree, Janika plans to attend graduate school to acquire a master’s degree in business administration. She hopes to establish a successful business career while also creating an after-school program offering tutoring for high school students on her reservation.
“With this scholarship, my goals are now within reach and I am that much closer to achieving them. Thank you for your support and kindness in making my dreams come true,” Janika says.