John R. Keenan, Founder and Chairman of Keenan & Associates, presented scholarship awards to Verbum Dei High School and St. Raphael Catholic School, both located in South Central Los Angeles, at a luncheon event on February 12. Each school received $10,000 in recognition of their outstanding record in promoting academic excellence and graduating their students to move forward into higher education.
Keenan was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and maintains his connections to the community through his support of education for economically disadvantaged students. He founded Keenan & Associates in 1972, specializing in providing insurance services to California schools. Over the past 40 years, he successfully grew the firm which today employs a staff of nearly 700.
“Both of these institutions uphold high standards of academics, personal responsibility and citizenship,” said Keenan. “Their students have made the commitment to work hard toward their success, and we want to support those high ideals. These young people exemplify the kind of individuals we hope to have as future associates at Keenan.”
In addition to the financial support Keenan & Associates has provided to inner city schools, the company has also participated for several years in Verbum Dei’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) in which student interns have the opportunity to gain work experience at participating companies. More than 20 CWSP students have been interns at Keenan & Associates. The Watts-area high school has seen 100% of their graduating seniors accepted to college in the last five years.
These scholarship donations to Verbum Dei High School and St. Raphael Catholic School were initiated when Keenan & Associates was recognized in late 2013 as the top producer for insurer Trustmark Voluntary Benefits Solutions. This honor included a $10,000 donation to a charity of its choice in the firm’s name, with Keenan & Associates matching the Trustmark grant to provide both schools a significant contribution to their scholarship funds.
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