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Sun Life Financial Inc. Recognizes Philadelphia Nonprofits And 3 High School Seniors As Rising Stars

Philadelphia Youth Network’s Ramean Clowney reacts after being surprised with the Sun Life Rising Star Award, on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, as Sun Life executives look on. (Sun Life Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Philadelphia Youth Network’s Ramean Clowney reacts after being surprised with the Sun Life Rising Star Award, on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, as Sun Life executives look on. (Sun Life Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– Sun Life Financial Inc. announced Philadelphia’s Sun Life Rising Star Awards Program winners Wednesday night.

The financial services company awarded a total of $165,000 in grants and scholarships to three youth-oriented nonprofits and to an exemplary student nominated by each organization.

Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc., Urban Affairs Coalition and Philadelphia Futures each received a $50,000 grant.

tiffany collins Sun Life Financial Inc. Recognizes Philadelphia Nonprofits And 3 High School Seniors As Rising Stars

Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition's Tiffany Collings reacts after being surprised with the Sun Life Rising Star Award, on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia (Sun Life Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek).

Ramean Clowney of the Philadelphia Youth Network and a senior at Fairhill Community High School, Tiffany Collins of the Urban Affairs Coalition and a senior at Arise Academy Charter School, and Jamal Robinson of Philadelphia Futures and a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School each received a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship toward financing a college education.

“We are proud to reward our amazing Rising Star students for their perseverance in the face of adversity. It is our firm belief that they need only opportunity and a little support to rise to their potential,” said Wes Thompson, the president of Sun Life Financial U.S.

Sun Life surprised the winning students with their scholarships at an award presentation held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The program, now in its second year, aims to address low high school graduation rates in large urban school districts by providing financial and educational resources to students and nonprofit organizations committed to increasing success in high school and beyond. It also seeks to promote financial literacy as a means to achieve life-long financial wellness and stability.