Anchor Scholarship Foundation presents 2013 GEICO Scholar award to Portsmouth, Va., college student

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., July 2, 2013 – Between tuition, books, room and board and other living expenses, college can be one of life’s most challenging expenses for a student and their family. GEICO and the Anchor Scholarship Foundation teamed up to ease the burden for a Portsmouth, Va., college student and her family by awarding her the 2013 GEICO Scholar award. Charmaine Brawner, a student at Old Dominion University and daughter of Chief Boatswain’s Mate Donnell Brawner, USN (Ret), was joined by representatives from GEICO at a recent ceremony where she was presented the $2,000 scholarship.

“College debt can be crippling not only for this generation, but also for their parents that sign off on college loans,” said Danielle Dawley, executive director of the Anchor Scholarship Foundation. “Scholarships, internships and work study programs are viable and critical options for this generation. GEICO’s investment in scholarships directly benefits our Surface Navy families and, by extension, our country.”

GEICO has been a named sponsor of the GEICO Scholar award since 2011 and has contributed to the Anchor Scholarship Foundation, which helps support active and retired members of the U.S. Navy’s surface force and their family members as they pursue a degree at a 4-year institution or community college, since 2003.

GEICO has served members of the U.S. military since the company's founding in 1936 and operates a dedicated Military Service Center in its Virginia Beach regional office staffed by more than 120 veterans from all branches of the military. The Center serves active duty, guard, reserve and retired military personnel and their families with specialized insurance programs.

“GEICO is proud of its long history with the military, and we’re pleased to be able to support Navy surface force members and their families as they pursue their higher education goals through the GEICO Scholar award,” said Mike Baker, director of GEICO’s military marketing department.

For more details about Anchor Scholarships, go to For additional information about GEICO and the military, visit GEICO’s Military Program site.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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