Cigna Foundation Grant Creates Scholarship Fund for Future Memphis Leaders

  Cigna Foundation Grant Creates Scholarship Fund for Future Memphis Leaders

  *$30,000 grant will endow new scholarships for Emerging Leaders Program at
    University of Memphis
  *Grant honors Memphis health leader Cato Johnson

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. & BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- February 13, 2013

Underscoring its commitment to the power of the individual, the Cigna
Foundation will fund an endowed scholarship for undergraduate students
participating in the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Memphis.
The new scholarship, which honors Memphis community leader Cato Johnson, is
being established with a $30,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation.

University of Memphis Black History Month Opening Ceremony on Friday, February
1, 2013. Pictured lef ...

University of Memphis Black History Month Opening Ceremony on Friday, February
1, 2013. Pictured left to right are: Mary Tate-Smith, Cigna vice president of
sales, Memphis; Cato Johnson, 2013 Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient; and Reggie White, Cigna general manager, government and education.
(Photo: Cigna Corporation)

“Mr. Cato Johnson is such a giant of a leader in our community. So it is very
appropriate that Cigna Foundation is endowing a leadership scholarship in his
honor,” said Dr. Rosie Bingham, vice president of Student Affairs at the
University of Memphis. “The Emerging Leaders program at the University of
Memphis is producing leaders to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Johnson.We are
proud of Mr. Johnson. He and the Foundation can be very excited about the help
they will be providing to some very impressive and deserving students.”

The Emerging Leaders Program is a comprehensive scholarship program designed
to contribute significantly to a balanced, well-rounded college experience.
The grant from the Cigna Foundation will enable additional scholarship funds
to be awarded to a student participating in the Emerging Leaders Program from
the Memphis community who demonstrates financial need, to fund tuition and
other college expenses not already met through the Emerging Leaders
scholarship. The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) began at the University of
Memphis in 1983. Since its inception, over 600 students have benefited.

“Cato Johnson has demonstrated outstanding leadership in Memphis and
throughout Tennessee and Cigna is honored to endow a scholarship in his name
to help build our community’s next generation of leaders,” said Mary
Tate-Smith, vice president for Cigna in Memphis.

Johnson, a native Memphian, has been senior vice president of corporate
affairs at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare since 1985. Previously, he was vice
president of corporate affairs at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
Johnson received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Memphis State University
(now the University of Memphis). Mr. Johnson has a long history of service to
Memphis and his many contributions to the community and to the State of
Tennessee have been widely recognized.

About Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program is a four-year academic and leadership
scholarship program. Students experience intensive and outcome based
leadership training that includes coursework, community service, workshops,
campus engagement, a freshmen living learning community and internship
participation. Current student leaders in training hail from 100 high schools,
32 different Tennessee counties and 13 different states.

About the University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is the flagship institution of the Tennessee Board
of Regents System. Founded in 1912, it is recognized nationally for its
academic, research and athletic programs. Today, the U of M educates more than
22,000 students, and it awards more than 4,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral
and professional degrees annually. Its Helen Hardin Honors Program, designed
for academically ambitious and talented students, is the largest in the state.
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About 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.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to
helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All
products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating
subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life
Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance
Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such
products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as
medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits,
and other related products including group life, accident and disability
insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions,
and has approximately 75 million customer relationships throughout the world.
To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or
Twitter, visit

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