Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation Raise more than $141,000 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Fri Mar 8, 2013 10:00am EST

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Lincoln University supporters rally to help their school beat out other HBCUs
for a $50,000 donation for scholarships


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.,  March 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate, the Tom Joyner
Foundation and alumni, students and supporters of Historically Black Colleges
and Universities (HBCUs) across the country raised more than  $141,000  in
scholarship funds as part of the 2012 Allstate Quotes for Education program.  

Lincoln University  won the first-ever Quotes for Education fan vote and will
receive an additional  $50,000  donation from Allstate for scholarships at their
school.  

For every person who received an insurance quote from an Allstate agent and
mentioned Quotes for Education  between August 1 and December 31, 2012, Allstate
donated  $10. These funds have been donated to the Tom Joyner Foundation and
earmarked to provide scholarships for students attending HBCUs.  

"We were amazed at the response the Quotes for Education program received this
year," said  Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at Allstate. "Thanks to the
thousands of passionate fans who participated in the program, together, we will
be able to support students attending HBCUs and help them attain their dream of
graduating from college."  

Lincoln University  supporters employed social media tools as well as
word-of-mouth networking to successfully engage alumni, students, faculty and
staff in the fan vote campaign.  

"Our alumni were excited about the chance to raise scholarship funds by
representing the Blue Tigers in the Allstate Quotes for Education fan vote,"
said Dr.  Connie Hamacher, interim president of  Lincoln University. "Everyone
in the Lincoln family pitched in to help us win this donation, and we would like
to extend a special thanks to Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation for
supporting HBCUs and providing this opportunity."

This marks the second year that Allstate has partnered with the Tom Joyner
Foundation for the Quotes for Education program. Additionally, for the past nine
years, Allstate has title-sponsored the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Both
programs are part of Allstate's year-round commitment to create, support and
sponsor programs that empower the African-American community.  

"I'm so proud of all the students, alumni and other supporters who turned out to
support Lincoln," said  Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the
nation's top ranked nationally syndicated morning radio show. "I'm also grateful
for Allstate for sharing my passion for HBCUs. The Quotes for Education program
goes a long way to make a difference in these students' lives. They're getting a
chance to complete their education - and pursue their dreams."

A 2009 study by the non-profit research group Public Agenda found that most
young adults who started but did not complete higher education cited the need to
work more as a major reason that forced them to drop out of school.   

About Allstate®The Allstate Corporation  (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest
publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million
households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand
names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance
products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through
Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via  www.allstate.com,  www.allstate.com/financial 
and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good
Hands With Allstate®." As part of  Allstate's commitment  to strengthen local
communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the
corporation provided  $29 million  in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit
organizations and important causes across  the United States.

About The Tom Joyner Foundation
The Tom Joyner Foundation's primary mission is helping to keep students enrolled
in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, the
foundation, chaired by nationally syndicated radio personality  Tom Joyner, has
raised more than  $60 million  to help keep students enrolled in black colleges,
has assisted more than 14,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs.
Throughout the week, the Foundation announces scholarship winners on the
nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder,  Tom Joyner. Each week,
separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents and
distinguished male students at each 'School of the Month'.  

SOURCE  The Allstate Corporation


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