January 30, 2019

Farmers Insurance® supports Earl Woods Scholar Program in honor of Stan Smith

Expanding on the long-standing work to help provide support, Farmers Insurance recently selected TGR Foundation as a community organization for the Stan Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Developed in honor of the late Stan R. Smith, the fund will recognize an Earl Woods Scholar and provide financial support for the program. Stan was a former Farmers Insurance employee for more than 30 years who advanced his career serving in many roles from operations to government affairs. After retiring he continued to work with the organization as a Governor and member of the Executive Committee of the Farmers Insurance Exchange Board of Governors.

In its inaugural year, TGR Foundation and the Farmers Insurance Stan Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund is proud to recognize Karina Ramirez. Karina is a freshman attending Claremont McKenna College.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support of Farmers Insurance and honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Stan Smith through our Earl Woods Scholar Program,” said Rick Singer, TGR Foundation President & CEO. “With their partnership we will continue to empower students like Karina to pursue their passions through education.”

The Earl Woods Scholar Program is a signature initiative of TGR Foundation, supporting students on their journey through college and career success. With a 98 percent graduation rate, it ranks among the best scholarship programs in the country. Key components of the program include mentorship, personal and professional development workshops and internship placement assistance.

Celebrating the start of the Stan Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund and the success of our Earl Woods Scholar Program, Ken Bentley, Smith’s son, David and Don Rodriguezconnected with Karina at the 2019 Winter Workshop.

“As an Earl Woods Scholar I have a second family I can count on for anything” said Ramirez. “I have yet to find out what my future will hold, but I know that I will have the skills to be successful because this program develops each individual in multiple aspects. We are all driven to find what makes us fulfilled in life and plan to give back.”

For more than 90 years Farmers Insurance has been committed to serving the communities where their customers, agents and employees live and work. With education being one of its core issues of focus, the national insurer group invests in youth, improving access to education and job readiness, which aligns with the mission and initiatives of TGR Foundation.

“It’s just awesome for Farmers to get involved in communities,” said David Smith, son of the late Stan Smith and a Farmers Insurance Territorial Legislative Affairs Manager. “When I met Earl Woods Scholar Karina Ramirez at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open Youth Champions Dinner and got to visit with other young scholars at the TGR Learning Lab I was inspired. It reminded me of my time as a college teacher and that special formative time in one’s life.”

To learn more about the Earl Woods Scholar Program and invest in the potential of students through education, visit TGRFoundation.org.

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