First Financial Group and MassMutual Announce Scholarship Recipients

Bala Cynwyd, PA, August 20, 2014 – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and First Financial Group, a general agency of MassMutual, are proud to announce Marcella Singley and Andres Vivas as the recipients of scholarships from the MassMutual Scholars program, a national scholarship program for high achieving college students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry.

“Congratulations to Marcella and Andres on becoming MassMutual Scholars,” said Harris Fishman, president and CEO of First Financial Group. “I look forward to working with them as they choose a career path and obtain their college degrees.”

Marcella Singley is an honors student at Rutgers School of Business-Camden pursuing a double major in Accounting and Finance. Upon graduation in May 2015, she will have the required 150 credits to sit for the CPA exam. Marcella is president of the student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants at Rutgers-Camden and serves on the advisory board for the Student Experience Center.

Andres Vivas is a junior at Drexel University, pursuing a dual-major in Accounting and Finance. He is the president of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) Philadelphia’s Drexel University student chapter and also serves on the Student Affairs Committee. Andres is actively pursuing the necessary credit hours to sit for the CPA exam and is looking to further explore his interest in the financial services industry.

“The MassMutual Scholars program is an important part of our commitment to education,” said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility, MassMutual. “These scholarships will not only help students obtain their degrees, but also build a strong network of potential employees and financial professionals from diverse backgrounds, while reinforcing our commitment to serving communities across the country.”

A total of 31 winners across the country were awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 each. To qualify for a MassMutual Scholarship applicants must meet certain academic criteria, such as maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA, express an interest in careers in the insurance and financial services industry, and demonstrate financial need.

For more information about the MassMutual Scholars program and all of MassMutual’s scholarship and community responsibility initiatives visit

About MassMutual

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.