Cigna Foundation Awards $20,000 in Student Scholarships

  • Cigna Foundation scholarships given to students aspiring to be public administrators
  • Presented at the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Annual Conference

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cigna presented three scholarships - two for $5,000 and one for $10,000 - to full-time students at the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Annual Conference at the Virginia Beach Conference Center. The scholarship recipients excel in leadership and communications and all are pursuing degrees in public administration.

The Cigna Foundation scholarships coincide with the NFBPA’s efforts to support the education and development of African-American students in the public administration field.

Gerald C. Smith II received the $10,000 Cigna NFBPA scholarship and is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

William Henry Munn III received the $5,000 Cigna Ulysses Ford Memorial Scholarship and is an MPA candidate specializing in public management at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. This is the first year the Ulysses Ford Memorial Scholarship was awarded. Ulysses Ford was a long-time NFBPA member and Cigna wanted to honor his years of commitment, dedication and development to young leaders.

Dandra T. Mitial received a $5,000 Cigna NFBPA scholarship and is an MPA candidate specializing in internal administration and development at Clark Atlanta University.

“Cigna recognizes the value of building a company and a society that are truly inclusive,” said Gianna Jackson, executive director of The Cigna Foundation. “Supporting students at the NFBPA conference is an investment in those who will lead our cities, towns, country and perhaps our world as we move forward toward a stronger, healthier global community.”

About Cigna and the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit


The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is the principal and most progressive organization dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. An independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983, the NFBPA has established a national reputation for designing and implementing quality leadership development initiatives of unparalleled success. Its over 2,600 members can be found managing public programs and agencies in more than 350 jurisdictions nationwide. Forty chapters support the growth of the organization at the local level. Additional information may be found at


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