RICHMOND, Va., Mar. 9, 2010 – Mondial Assistance, a global travel insurance and assistance company with U.S. operations in Henrico County, today announced their 2010 travel scholarship program, ScholarTrips, which is available to Richmond area middle and high school students. The new scholarship replaces the Access Abroad scholarship, offered since 2004 to Henrico County middle and high school students. Four recipients will receive scholarships of $2,500 for study abroad programs. The scholarships will be presented by Mondial Assistance President and CEO Jon Ansell at a ceremony at the company’s headquarters (2805 N. Parham Road).
Students can apply by visiting the Mondial Assistance ScholarTrips website at http://scholartrips.org. An additional scholarship will be awarded to the child or grandchild of a Mondial Assistance associate. Those applying for the scholarship must complete an application form that includes an essay describing their reasons for travel and what they expect to learn. The deadline for applications is April 5.
“We are thrilled that the ScholarTrips scholarship will provide important travel and education opportunities for students in the Richmond region,” Ansell said. “Every day Mondial Assistance is part of our customers’ travel experiences and we are proud to support these young people as they pursue their own travel adventures. Mondial Assistance depends on foreign-language skills—more than 40 different languages are spoken at our offices in Richmond—so we are keenly appreciative of the value of being exposed to different cultures.”
Esha Doshi, a student who traveled to Costa Rica on a Mondial scholarship in 2008, said, “Having the opportunity to go to Costa Rica was an adventure, a fantasy, a dream, and a tremendously beneficial experience. This journey has expanded my knowledge of a culture I had never before been exposed to.”
Mondial Assistance is a travel insurance and assistance company, providing daily services to millions of travelers around the globe. As part of the scholarship award, Mondial Assistance will provide scholarship recipients with travel insurance and access to the same 24-hour assistance hotline Mondial Assistance provides its customers. The coverage will ensure that, should recipients encounter any travel-related difficulty or require medical assistance, Mondial Assistance’s global network of services is there to assist them.
About Mondial Assistance
Mondial Assistance, part of the Allianz group of companies, is a global leader in specialty insurance and emergency assistance services. In the United States, Mondial Assistance is a brand name of World Access Service Corp., which is best known for its Access America® brand of travel insurance and assistance services. The U.S. operation, one of 28 business units, serves major travel suppliers, health insurers, credit card, and entertainment companies with insurance products, international travel assistance, and concierge services. For more information, please visit www.mondialUSA.com and follow Mondial Assistance on Twitter at twitter.com/Mondial_Assist.