Elon receives $125,000 gift to support work of Project Pericles
The Redwoods Group and its president and CEO, Kevin Trapani, of Chapel Hill, N.C., have given $125,000 to endow a program to support Project Pericles activities at Elon. Project Pericles is a national program to promote social responsibility and citizenship among college students.
Trapani is the father of 2007 Elon University alumnus Caitlin Trapani, who was active in Project Pericles work. This gift will support work of the Periclean Scholars, the centerpiece of Project Pericles at Elon. Students chosen for this program take part in a series of courses (one per school year), culminating in a class project of global or local social change. Each cohort defines its own project. The Class of 2006 chose awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in Namibia, Africa, as their project. The Class of 2007 focused on malnutrition in Honduras. The class of 2008 is working to reduce the impact of poverty in Chiapas, Mexico.
The Redwoods Group Endowment Fund for the Sustainment of the Periclean Scholars Program will support activities of the Periclean Scholars Alumni Association. Income from the fund will enable Periclean Scholars who graduate from Elon to continue their service work as alumni.
The Redwoods Group is a privately held, socially conscious organization that operates as a highly specialized provider of property/casualty insurance underwriting, risk management and claims adjusting services. The company's mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.