Investing in a Global Future: ING Sponsors 2004 National Geographic Bee

May 25, 2004 Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

Global awareness has never been more rewarding for students in the U.S., thanks to the 2004 National Geographic Bee, proudly sponsored this year by ING. The National Geographic Bee is the largest geography competition and the second largest academic competition in the U.S. with close to 5 million students participating each year.

"As a global organization with presence in more than 50 countries around the world, we value the work of National Geographic and the incredible experience that participating in the Bee brings," said William Jasien, executive vice president and head of ING Education Market Sales. "We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring the world closer to students, and to forge an understanding of the common human bond that we all share."

ING is the national corporate sponsor of the 2004 event. The national finals are scheduled for May 25-26 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., where 55 state-level finalists will vie for college scholarships for the first ($25,000), second ($15,000), and third ($10,000) places. ING will also award the top winner a trip to either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens Adventure Camps.

"As never before, global issues demand that our students take a keener interest in the world in which we live and that they seek out a better understanding of other cultures, countries and issues that impact us all," said Jasien.

ING is a leading provider of retirement plans to educators throughout the country. In addition to its sponsorship of the National Geographic Bee, the company supports education through a variety of programs including the ING Unsung Heroes Program, which provides nearly a quarter million dollars annually to educators, and the newly introduced, "Life’s Lessons About Money," a practical curriculum for teachers, offered in conjunction with USA TODAY. For information about these and other ING-presented education programs, visit

ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING) is one of the largest integrated financial services organizations in the world, providing insurance, banking, and asset management products. ING strives to provide an innovative, client-focused approach to its financial products and services through strategic global distribution channels. In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients which include retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, life insurance, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 14 million customers across the nation. Globally, ING serves over 65 million private, corporate, and institutional clients throughout more than 50 countries. For more information, visit

ING is not affiliated with National Geographic or USA TODAY.

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