New York, NY - Gold Star college students from around the nation traveled to New York for the first-ever Citi e for education Career Symposium held Friday, October 18, 2018. Scholars received an in-depth look at various career opportunities and learned from professionals working at various departments within Citi, Point72 and PepsiCo.
“It was an opportunity to ask enriching, professional questions regarding résumé prep, leadership development, and industry-related experience,” explains Kenneth Wilder, a student at The College of William and Mary. Kenneth has received a scholarship from Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots), whose mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. All the students attending the career symposium have received scholarships from Fallen Patriots. “Growing up, there were few opportunities to meet other children who experienced the same personal trauma, and aftermath. So, it was inspiring, to say the least, to see others like myself excelling and being a beacon of light coming from past darkness,” Kenneth adds.
Attendees listened to career advice from Ellen Denis, Vice President and Head of Markets and Securities Services North America Campus Recruitment for Citi; Nicole Allotta, Assistant Vice President and Campus Recruiter for Citi; and Connor Dwyer, a Citi Spot FX Trader. Mary Foster Legunn, Associate Manager of Supply Chain/Transportation for PepsiCo North American Beverages also shared her career insights along with Emily Trost, an associate for Point72’s Intelligence Team. The day concluded with a Cocktail Hour which provided more opportunities for representatives from all companies to network with the students and learn more about Fallen Patriots’ mission.
“The momentum and energy surrounding the e for education campaign has been better than ever this year,” notes Holly Singh, e for education Global Campaign Manager. “By investing in our youth globally, not only through financial contributions but also by utilizing employees’ time and skills, Citi is honoring the sacrifices of veterans and their families and giving expanded opportunities to their children.”
Citi e for education is an initiative working to improve access to quality education around the world. Since 2015, Children of Fallen Patriots has been a beneficiary of the initiative. To date, the e for education initiative has raised more than $1.9 million dollars for CFP and supported nearly 287 Gold Star Scholars in obtaining a college education. Once of which is Asher Patton, son of fallen U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Richard Edward Stumpf, Jr. “I’m not sure who else has been on the receiving end of someone paying for something as big as your college education, but the feeling of gratitude is indescribable,” explains Asher. “Fallen Patriots has taken care of me beyond college by providing me with a career. CFP has honored my father’s life by impacting mine in a way that I never could have imagined.”
About Fallen Patriots
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of our fallen military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education. Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided nearly $26 million in total assistance, including college scholarships and educational counseling to over 1,250 military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance. Help today by visiting www.fallenpatriots.org.