Monthly Archives: September 2021

Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, is now accepting applications for its 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award. The deadline for interested institutions to apply for the $100,000 award is Dec. 15, 2021.

Awarded each biennium, the Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes one college or university for achievement in finding powerful substantive solutions to improve the lives of others and create systematic large-scale change. The recipient institution will receive $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century.

“The Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award extends our mission to recognize and advance excellence in higher education by highlighting inventive and inspiring programs on college and university campuses across the country,” said Traci Navarre, the Society’s acting executive director.

The Excellence in Innovation Award, first awarded in 2016 is the Society’s only award for institutions. The Society gives more than $1 million each year to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships and funding for post-baccalaureate development.

The application period for colleges and universities to apply for the Excellence in Innovation Award is open until Dec. 15, 2021. For more information including award criteria, eligibility, and timeline details, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org/Innovation.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

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Alyssa Papa
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(225) 923-7777

GradGuard Launches New Website as College Risks Rise and Adoption of its Innovative Student Programs Soars

Improvements to member experience, performance, and brand identity enable college students and their families to protect their investment from the risks of college life.

Phoenix, AZ (September 15, 2021): GradGuard, one of the largest providers of student insurance programs in the country, is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website, gradguard.com. The new website, which is ADA and PCI compliant, comes as nearly 20 million college students and their families make one of the largest investments in their lives.

The expense of higher education is one of the largest investments many college families will ever make. In total, more than 20 million students and their families invest an estimated $500 billion annually in tuition, academic fees, student housing, and related expenses. The average cost of tuition, fees, and room and board for a four-year private college was $50,770 in the 2020-21 school year, according to the College Board, which tracks trends in college pricing and student aid. At four-year, in-state public colleges, costs averaged $22,180.

While more than 425 colleges and universities rely on GradGuard’s modern insurance programs to protect their students from preventable financial losses, GradGuard.com is the only service of its kind with a college search engine that enables any student attending a four-year non-profit college or university in the United States to quickly protect their investment in higher education with its market leading tuition and renters insurance programs.

GradGuard’s newly relaunched site boosts member experience with simplified access to benefits, account status and easy to file claims reporting. The improved user experience makes it easier than ever for students and families to find ways to protect themselves, as well as manage their policies online.

“We have helped protect nearly 1 million college students and their families since our founding in 2009,” said John Fees, Co-Founder and Managing Director of GradGuard. “Students and their families likely lose more than $1 billion per year from the financial losses caused from medical withdrawals and property losses. GradGuard’s search tool and unique insurance programs makes it easier for families to find protection that will keep their students on track towards completing their college education.”

GradGuard’s homepage features a college search tool in the upper right corner. When clicked, the search bar appears at the top of the page.

More schools embrace GradGuard’s mission than ever before and recognize the value of offering relevant student benefit programs to their students that help them secure a refund for tuition, housing and fees, or help them replace a stolen or damaged computer when a school cannot.

For more than a decade, GradGuard has been an authority in protecting college families from preventable financial losses and works closely to embed its insurance programs within the student experience.

Among the risks:

• More than half of nearly 9,000 students surveyed experienced anxiety or depression, American College Health Association

• 1 in 4 students do not return for a second year of college, National Clearing House

• Only 6% of schools surveyed in 2019 report providing full refunds to students who are forced to withdraw for medical reasons; No schools report providing refunds for academic fees or housing, HigherEd Study

• Nearly 2,000 fires are reported annually in on-campus housing nationwide, Clery Act Campus Safety Reports

• More than 27,000 crimes happen on college campuses each year, Clery Act Campus Safety Reports

“From theft to a serious illness or injury, college students can be vulnerable to real financial losses that can disrupt their education,” said Fees. “When you consider the risks and with so much money at stake, the new GradGuard.com makes it easier than ever for college students and their families to protect their student and their investment they are making in higher education.”

About GradGuard
GradGuard is a technology-enabled pioneer in developing innovative protections designed to reduce the financial risks of college life. GradGuard is trusted by more than 425 colleges and universities and has protected nearly 1 million students and their families since its founding in 2009. For more insights on #collegelife follow @GradGuard on social media.

For more Information:
Natalie Tarangioli
Director of Marketing and Communications
ntarangioli@gradguard.com
480-485-6138

Mos.com: A banking app that helps you get scholarships and avoid debt

Students in the United States face financial hurdles that make it almost impossible to get ahead in life. Mos.com just launched a banking app to help.

Sobering stats about students right now:

• In 2020 the average student graduated with $37,500 in debt—cumulating a total of $1.6T in student debt across the U.S. 

• Nearly half of college students say they don’t feel prepared to manage their money, and only 11% of Gen Z students say they have the information they need to repay their college loans. (Source)

• 83% of Gen Z-ers have turned down activities they would like to participate in because of financial reasons. (Source

What is Mos?

• Mos was founded by Amira Yahyaoui, an SF-based human rights activist from Tunisia. It is a Sequoia-backed series A company. Steph Curry and Jay Z are among the investors.

• Since 2018, Mos has been a service to help students get scholarships and financial aid.

• The Mos team built a banking app after it became clear from their student community that traditional banking options weren’t supporting them. Overdraft and late fees trapped students into even more unnecessary debt, and there was no individual guidance on how to manage this new stage of their financial lives.

• On Sept 1. 2021, Mos launched a banking app and debit card for students to help them find financial aid, avoid debt, and get personalized help managing their money.

• Mos also launched a learning center. (Inspired by Mos’s popular educational TikTok account.)

Mos debit card features:

• Zero-fees: There are no overdrafts, minimum balances, or maintenance fees. Students can save up to $350 in fees per year by banking with Mos.

• The largest scholarship pool in America: Mos guarantees students maximize their financial aid, and saves time in the application process.

• Access 50,000 free ATMs: Students can easily access their cash for free at 50,000 Allpoint ATMs around the country.

• Real human experts at every step: Financial aid is confusing. When needed, students can chat with their personal Mos Coach for advice or get help with the application process.

• Hassle-free banking app: Students can quickly set up direct deposit, send money to a friend, or set up their digital wallet.

• Bonus cash: Students can refer friends and earn extra spending money.

Further reading: 

• Time Magazine: “This Startup Sees a New Business Opportunity: Teaching Gen Z About Money”

• Teen Vogue: “In conversation with Amira Yahyaoui

Visit Mos.com or reach out press@mos.com for any inquiries. If you’re a student and want to speak to an advisor, email: advisor@mos.com. Twitter, IG, TikTok: @mosdotcom



 

Prime Student Introduces Exclusive Offers for College Life

Prime Student members can now save hundreds of dollars with exclusive offers from Grubhub, Calm, StudentUniverse, and Course Hero for a limited time

As college students settle into their new fall routines, Amazon is offering great deals they all can benefit from with Prime Student. Prime Student is a membership designed for college students that offers the best of shopping, savings, and entertainment from Amazon, plus exclusive perks and offers for college life. Members can enjoy fast and free delivery, movies and TV shows with Prime Video, ad-free listening of 2 million songs plus thousands of stations and playlists with Amazon Music, more than 3,000 books, magazines, and comics with Prime Reading, free in-game content and games with Prime Gaming, and more.

New this year, Prime Student members can now get free food delivery, meditation, discounted flights, homework help, and more exclusive savings from their favorite brands including Grubhub, Calm, StudentUniverse, and Course Hero for a limited time. College students can sign up for a six-month trial at amazon.com/joinstudent, and then enjoy Prime at half the price for just $6.49 per month or $59 per year.

New Prime Student Offers That Will Make Your Year

Along with exclusive deals and perks year-round, new and current Prime Student members can now save hundreds of dollars with limited time offers and exclusive discounts at amazon.com/student, including:

• Grubhub+ Student: Dining hall, who? Prime Student members can now get a free Grubhub+ Student monthly membership which includes free unlimited food delivery (off-campus orders over $12), special perks, donation matching, and ability to earn 10% back on pickup orders with Grubhub+ Student Cash.

• Calm: Students can experience three months of Calm, the No. 1 app for meditation and sleep, for free, and then for just $8.99/year (normally $69.99/year). This gives Prime Student members access to Calm’s Premium subscription which includes music, sleep stories, and more to help you relax.

• StudentUniverse: It’s never too early to start planning your trip home for the holiday season. Prime Student members can get up to 10% off flights and hotels (many of which are already discounted) from StudentUniverse, plus free premium customer support with every booking.

• Course Hero: No more cramming before an exam the night before. Prime Student members can enjoy one month of Course Hero for free, then pay just $9.95/month (normally $39.95/month). Access resources for your courses with step-by-step explanations, 24/7 homework help, textbook solutions, and more.

• Prime Video Channels: Roomies night in has never been easier. Add channels like SHOWTIME, EPIX, ALLBLK, Sundance Now, and more for just 99 cents/month each for up to 12 months (normally $3.99 to $10.99/month).

• Amazon Music Unlimited: Upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited, the premium subscription tier of Amazon Music for just 99 cents/month to access more than 75 million songs. Amazon Music Unlimited Student Plan now includes access to Amazon Music HD at no extra cost, offering the highest-quality streaming audio.

College Essentials Straight to Your Dorm Room

Whether students are putting the finishing touches on their dorm room décor, need a calculator for a new course, or shopping for their first off-campus apartment, Amazon has the widest selection of college essentials with low prices and convenient delivery options at amazon.com/offtocollege. Amazon offers the lowest prices on back-to-school products and college supplies, on average 10% less than other retailers, according to a recent study by ecommerce analytics firm Profitero. Plus, Prime Student members can enjoy unlimited fast, free delivery on millions of items. So, no worries if you left your calculator at home this semester – Amazon’s got you covered.

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COMING SOON! TWO FREE SCREENINGS OF Corporate Welfare: Where’s the Outrage?

ERIE, PA (September 2, 2021) – Retired Chairman and CEO of BB&T John Allison and Free To Choose Network Executive Editor Johan Norberg will be hosting two free Crowdcast screenings of a new documentary, Corporate Welfare: Where’s the Outrage?, on September 22 and October 20.

The one-hour documentary features personal stories of the effect of cronyism, tax exemptions, subsidies, government regulations, and bailouts – all commonly used to help big business. Hosted by Norberg, the provocative documentary examines America’s system of farm subsidies, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Big Oil subsidies, unfair government policies, and tax breaks. Allison offers a perspective of the 2008 financial crash from the viewpoint of a banker caught in the middle. The program takes viewers across America to talk with individuals whose lives and livelihood have been directly affected by the outrages of corporate welfare.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with John Allison, who is also Distinguished Professor of Practice, Wake Forest University and Retired President and CEO of The Cato Institute;

and Johan Norberg, author, historian, and a Senior Fellow at Cato Institute.

Attendees must register through Crowdcast in order to reserve space.

Wednesday, September 22 — 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/corporate-welfare-allison

Wednesday, October 20 — 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET – https://www.crowdcast.io/e/corporate-welfare-allison2

Corporate Welfare: Where’s the Outrage? is currently airing on public television (check local listings), and it is available online on the PBS App, YouTube, Roku, Venmo, and on www.FreeToChooseNetwork.org.

MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Marjory Hawkins
Hawkins PR
mhawkins@hawkinspr.com
512-940-2828

3DLOOK SHARES FREE ACCESS TO ITS MOBILE BODY MEASURING SOLUTIONS WITH FASHION SCHOOLS

Company Aims to Help the Next Generation of Fashion Designers Succeed in the Technology-Driven Future of Fashion

San Mateo, CA – Sept 1, 2021 – 3DLOOK, the creator of the world’s leading patented mobile body scanning technology, today announced that it is sharing free access to its tools with fashion design schools in order to show emerging talents how technology can aid the design process and prepare them for fashion’s digital future. The company’s Mobile Tailor solution will allow aspiring designers at participating educational institutions to use 3D design software to create and customize perfectly fitting garments based on precise 3D body models without needing to take in-person measurements or hold fittings with models.

Mobile Tailor is a self-service solution that helps designers capture accurate body data remotely. The solution requires no technical expertise to use and generates 85 measurements from just two photos taken on any smartphone on any background in under 30 seconds. Fashion design students at participating schools will be able to send and receive measurement data through a personal workspace and export unique 3D body avatars that are fully compatible with all common 3D fashion design software solutions.

“We initially launched Mobile Tailor to support made-to-measure fashion businesses and their customers during the pandemic. The solution didn’t just help many of our clients to stay in business, but allowed them to scale despite the lockdowns that shuttered their stores. With our partners enjoying drastic improvements to their operations, the solution will continue to play an important role in creating clothes that consumers love,” said Vadim Rogovskiy, co-founder and CEO of 3DLOOK. “As part of our commitment to driving innovation in the fashion industry, we’re now offering free access to this solution to design students, so they can continue to develop the skills and expertise that will enable them to thrive as the industry undergoes a rapid digital transformation.”

3DLOOK originally launched Mobile Tailor in June 2020 as an affordable version of its enterprise solutions to support smaller bespoke fashion businesses that needed a simple and easy way to measure their customers remotely in order to continue operating during pandemic lockdowns. To support the next generation of designers, the company is now offering free access to the solution, normally priced at $999 per month, to fashion design schools worldwide.

Educational institutions can apply to receive free access to 3DLOOK’s Mobile Tailor by filling out a simple form on the company’s website.

About 3DLOOK
3DLOOK is the creator of the world’s leading patented mobile body scanning technology that drives retail innovation by providing personalized fit and size recommendations and virtual try-on for shoppers to help brands reduce returns while increasing conversion and AOV. 3DLOOK’s solutions enable innovative personalized shopping experiences and give brands actionable insights to optimize design, product development, inventory planning and distribution. 3DLOOK has been recognized in Gartner® Hype Cycle™ for Retail Technologies, 2021, won the  LVMH Innovation Award and the IEEE Retail Digital Transformation Grand Challenge in 2019 and was recognized as one of the 2020 Pioneers of the New World. 3DLOOK works with some of the biggest names in retail, including Tailored Brands and Dickies, and recently announced a Series A raise of $6.5M.

Media contact information:
Nadya Movchan
PR Manager
nadya.movchan@3dlook.me