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Nationwide Insurance Donates $120,000 to CIAA Scholarship Fund

March 01, 2012

Nationwide applauds CIAA on 100 years of educational excellence and student athletics

Columbus, Ohio - Nationwide Insurance, the official insurance provider of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), announced today a $120,000 donation to the CIAA college scholarship fund, as part of its ongoing support of CIAA institutions and students. To date, Nationwide Insurance has contributed more than $600,000 to the CIAA scholarship fund.

“We are proud to contribute $120,000 to the CIAA scholarship fund that helps students pursue the education that is crucial to their future,” said Lee Morton, Nationwide regional vice president. “Our partnership with the CIAA is what being On Your Side is all about.”

Nationwide has an ongoing relationship throughout the year with the CIAA. This partnership includes support for recruitment efforts, such as providing students with summer college internship opportunities at Nationwide and on-site leadership development sessions, as well as sponsorship of the CIAA basketball tournament, CIAA football championship game, and all 16 CIAA conference championships.

The CIAA/Nationwide internship program brings students to work at Nationwide’s Columbus headquarters and in its regions to help students get a ‘leg up’ on the competition when it comes to post graduate insurance career opportunities. This year during tournament week, Nationwide is highlighting four recent CIAA hires. These former CIAA students hail from Elizabeth City State University, Saint Augustine’s College and Johnson C. Smith University.

“We are serious about hiring talent from CIAA schools and are recruiting talent while we’re here this week,” said Morton. “After all, this is what the CIAA is all about – preparing students for tomorrow and helping them realize their dreams.”

The 67th annual CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament takes place February 27 – March 3, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. The five-day tournament returns for its sixth year in the Queen City with great basketball and countless events and activities.

Fans and teams come to the annual CIAA basketball championships for more than just the game, and Nationwide Insurance is proud to be there to enhance their experience.

More than 175,000 people are expected to attend and participate in any number of the wide-ranging events that include spirited shows, concerts, networking opportunities with business professionals, alumni reunions and a career expo as well as a post tournament celebration. For more information about how to purchase tickets and a complete list of official events, fans can visit and click on the schedule of events tab.

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