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As thousands of students across the country head back to school, excited for a year full of classes, formals and football games, many of their classmates won’t get to experience the rush of returning to campus for a new school year. Amid nationwide cutbacks, reduced programming and schools being forced to close down, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) need support and funding now more than ever, which is why Allstate has teamed with the Tom Joyner Foundation for the annual Quotes for Education program to raise scholarship funds for HBCU students.

Allstate will donate $10, up to a total of $200,000, to the Tom Joyner Foundation every time a person requests an insurance quote from a participating Allstate Agent and mentions Quotes for Education. The funds will be earmarked for general scholarship funds to help students attending HBCUs.

Through the program, which runs from August 1 through November 30, members of the HBCU community can also express their gratitude to their alma maters, and keep their HBCUs strong, by voting for their school to receive an additional $50,000 in scholarship funding. Last year, HBCU students, alumni and supporters rallied behind their respective schools, submitting hundreds of thousands of votes.

Help your HBCU get its share of a potential $250,000 donation and join Allstate in saying HBC “I Owe” U by participating in the program at Allstate.com/hbcu.

“The Quotes for Education program was created to ensure we’re enabling young African-American students and positioning them to be successful,” said Cheryl Harris, Senior Vice President at Allstate and alumna of Florida A&M University. “If we can positively impact the future of just one student, we’ve accomplished the goal of this program.”

According to a 2013 report by the Council for Aid to Education, only 10 percent of HBCU alumni currently give back to their alma maters, which makes the Quotes for Education program all the more impactful. This year, Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are challenging students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs to recall the traditions, pride and love they have for their HBCUs – and “quote and vote,” to keep HBCUs strong for generations to come.

In addition, this marks the fourth year that Allstate has worked with the Tom Joyner Foundation for the Quotes for Education program. The Tom Joyner Foundation’s primary mission is to help keep students enrolled in HBCUs. Since 1998, the foundation, chaired by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges, has assisted more than 29,000 students and has worked with every HBCU in the United States in its 16 year history.

“I owe so much to my alma mater, Tuskegee University, and am honored to give back to the institution that made me the man I am today,” said Tom Joyner, chairman and founder of the 15-year-old foundation. “My goal is to help grow zealous, educated and world-changing graduates. Not only will a quote invest in a student’s life and career, but it will also help ensure the future of the entire HBCU community.”

To participate in the Quotes for Education program, visit Allstate.com/hbcu to find a nearby participating agent or receive a quote online, and for official rules.

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