MU receives $118,000 gift from State Farm Insurance

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 7:08 p.m. CDT; updated 7:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 20, 2014

COLUMBIA — Officials from State Farm Insurance donated $118,000 to MU on Tuesday to support campus offices and programs, according to a news release from the university.

The following programs benefit from the gift:

  • The MU Office for Financial Success, which provides free financial counseling for MU students, received a little more than $20,000. 
  • The vehicle rescue unit at MU Extension's Fire Rescue Training Institute, a 16-hour training program, received $50,000. The institute was established in 1933 with a mission to teach modern firefighting, according to previous Missourian reporting.
  • The MU College of Education's Achieve Program received $16,200 to expand the program to three new schools in Columbia: Fairview Elementary, Russell Boulevard Elementary and West Middle School. The program assists schools by pairing MU education students with struggling elementary and middle school students, according to previous Missourian reporting.
  • The Older Adult Mobility and Driving course, offered through MU Health Care, received $30,000 to help train law enforcement officials, Department of Motor Vehicles personnel and health care providers on how to reduce older-driver crashes, according to the release.

State Farm, an automobile insurance and financial services company, has given MU a total of $1.8 million, according to the news release. In 2011, State Farm provided the MU Office for Financial Success $10,000 to upgrade its facilities at Stanley Hall, according to a news release from that year.

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