Celtics Star Rajon Rondo, Co-owner Steve Pagliuca & Sun Life Financial Present $110,000 in Grants and Scholarships

Celtics Star Rajon Rondo, Co-owner Steve Pagliuca and Sun Life Financial
Present $110,000 in Grants and Scholarships to Boston Nonprofits
and Rising Star Students at Celtics Pre-game Ceremony

School on Wheels of Massachusetts and West End House honored for
commitment to education 
at TD Garden before Celtics vs. Suns game

 

Boston (November 17) – Outstanding Boston high school students Jackensen Verdul and Chi Kwok thought they were attending a regular season Boston Celtics game when Celtics Point Guard Rajon Rondo and co-owner Steve Pagliuca helped Sun Life Financial Group Manager Derek Warner surprise the students for a special presentation prior to the Celtics vs. Suns game. In recognition of the student’s remarkable academic achievements, Rondo, Pagliuca and Warner surprised each of the students with $5,000 college scholarships along with their supporting nonprofit organizations School on Wheels of Massachusetts and West End House both with $50,000 grants at a special Sun Life Rising Star Awards presentation at TD Garden.

 

Jackensen Verdul, Sun Life Rising Star, New Bedford High School and Chi Kwok, Sun Life Rising Star, Boston Latin School meet Celtics Guard Rajon Rondo as Ed Milano, Sun Life Financial Vice President of Marketing looks on

The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students and education-based nonprofit organizations that support them in our nation’s under-served metropolitan areas. This year, Sun Life will provide $660,000 in grants, scholarships and other resources to outstanding organizations and students in Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, South Florida and the Tulsa/Oklahoma City area. By the end of 2014, Sun Life Financial will have committed nearly $5 million to 86 students and 79 nonprofit organizations in 16 different cities across the country. Sun Life has committed $660,000 in Boston to local education-based nonprofit organizations and under-served area students.

Ed Milano, Vice President of Marketing for Sun Life Financial; Jackensen Verdul, Sun Life Rising Star, New Bedford High School, Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Guard, Chi Kwok, Sun Life Rising Star, Boston Latin School, Derek Warner, Sun Life Financial Regional Group Manager

 

L to R: Cheryl Opper, Executive Director and Founder of School on Wheels; Ed Milano, Vice President of Marketing for Sun Life Financial; Jackensen Verdul, Sun Life Rising Star, New Bedford High School, Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Guard, Chi Kwok, Sun Life Rising Star, Boston Latin School, Derek Warner, Sun Life Financial Regional Group Manager; Andrea Howard, Exec. Director West End House

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