Supporting Underrepresented Students
Established in 2007, our signature education program, Travelers EDGE® (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment), endeavors to increase the number of underrepresented students who complete a bachelor’s degree and who are prepared for a career at Travelers or in our industry. Through partnerships with colleges, universities and community-based organizations, Travelers EDGE® increases access to higher education and provides students with opportunities to excel. The program aims to:
- Increase the number of students from underrepresented communities attending college;
- Help those underrepresented students graduate from college; and
- Build awareness of careers in insurance and financial services.
Once enrolled in college, Travelers EDGE® students benefit from a broad range of support services, which include scholarships, academic guidance and emergency funds. In order to build awareness of careers at Travelers and within our industry, Travelers EDGE also offers mentoring, internships and job-shadowing opportunities. Through Travelers EDGE® and other targeted recruiting practices, Travelers seeks to increase the presence of people from historically underrepresented communities in our industry.
- Since the inception of Travelers EDGE®, 486 students have been Travelers EDGE® scholars, and 67% of scholars have successfully attained a bachelor’s degree or are currently on track to do so.
- Over the past five academic years, 67% of all graduates were employed at graduation or shortly after. Of those, 71% entered careers in the insurance and financial services industry.
- We reach 3,000–4,000 students each year through college and career awareness programs for middle and high school students.
- Since inception, 30% of Travelers EDGE® graduates have been hired by Travelers, and 64% of scholars who interned with Travelers as seniors chose to join.
- 50% of Travelers EDGE® graduates hired were recruited into structured Travelers talent development programs.
- Employees of Travelers who serve as Travelers EDGE® managers and mentors overwhelmingly reported that participation strengthened their leadership skills, their understanding of diversity and inclusion and, importantly, their connection to Travelers.