June 25, 2014

    Students Gather for Annual MassMutual Scholars Conference

    Students Gather for Annual MassMutual Scholars Conference

    Company awards $200,000 in renewable scholarships

    (Springfield, MA) – More than 130 local college students gathered at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) for the MassMutual Scholars Conference; an annual event that brings together new and veteran MassMutual Scholarship recipients to network, build job skills and learn about the financial services industry.

    “The MassMutual Scholars Conference is a great way for students to network and learn more about promising careers in IT and financial services. They gain experience and insight into the corporate atmosphere, as well as improve their career-readiness to prepare them for success in their future careers,” explained Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President, Community Responsibility, MassMutual.

    At the conference, held on June 25, 2014, MassMutual Scholars networked with MassMutual employees and managers, worked on their job interviewing and resume building skills, problem solving and learned about the various career opportunities that MassMutual and the financial services industry offers.

    “MassMutual year in and year out continues to be so incredibly supportive of its Scholars; whether it be through career readiness programs, scholarships, or internships,” said James Villalobos, a MassMutual Scholar and 2014 intern at the company. “Being a MassMutual Scholar has more than just helped me pay for college, it has also helped me figure out my career path and gain valuable skills and experience.”

    MassMutual also announced its newest cohort of MassMutual Scholars - awarding 40 students from Hampden County, Mass. and Hartford County, Conn. with renewable college scholarships of up to $5,000 each.

    Aside from the requirement of pursuing a career in financial services, business, or information technology, MassMutual Scholars need to reside in Hampden County, Mass. or Hartford County, Conn., maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrate financial need. Some of the recipients in Hampden County were also a part of the MassMutual Career Pathways Programs at their high schools or interns at the company, and were nominated for the scholarships.

    In addition to the Scholars Conference, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to apply for paid internships at MassMutual’s offices in Springfield, Mass. and Enfield, Conn. to gain hands-on experience in their desired field.

    This is MassMutual’s fourteenth year in providing scholarships to local students in Hampden and Hartford counties. Students interested in applying for the MassMutual scholarship, can visit www.massmutual.com/responsibility or www.communityfoundation.org/massmutual to learn more.

    About MassMutual
    Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

    MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.