Eric Christophersen: December 23, 2019

Scholarship Program Helps Childhood Cancer Survivors and Siblings Achieve Higher Education 



Eric Christophersen

Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy and Community Relations, Northwestern Mutual



Childhood cancer takes away many things from children and a chance to go to college should not be one of them. With college scholarship programs through initiatives like the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program, survivors and siblings of those affected by childhood cancer can be supported in continuing education and pursuing their college dreams.


As lasting financial challenges often result from expensive cancer treatments, the scholarship program was created to ease the financial stress of college on families by helping to fund tuition and school fees. Each of the 35 students selected as a scholarship recipient has been affected by childhood cancer, either as a survivor or sibling, and has demonstrated a strong academic standing. All applicants wrote an essay detailing his or her personal experience with childhood cancer; those selected receive a $5,000 renewable scholarship for a total of $10,000.


Since 2012, in partnership with its employees and financial advisors nationwide, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation has contributed more than $25 million for the cause, funding more than 330,000 hours of research.


On Wednesday, December 11, Eric Christophersen of Northwestern Mutual will discuss the scholarship program and how it is helping students across the country. He will also discuss how to apply for next year’s scholarship program through the applications that are now open for students nationwide.


For more information on the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Program, please visit:


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Eric P. Christophersen is Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy and Community Relations, a role he assumed on January 1, 2016. In this position he also serves as president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, which focuses on developing and implementing giving and volunteerism strategies that create community impact and underscore the company’s commitment to its employees and financial representatives. Christophersen joined Northwestern Mutual in 1984 as a systems analyst in the Information Systems Department and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in the Agency, Employer Product Marketing, Annuity and Accumulation Products and Investment Products and Services Departments. He transferred to the Compliance/Best Practices Department as vice president investment products compliance in February of 2004 and was appointed vice president and executive officer of compliance/best practices in 2006, before assuming his most recent role in May of 2010 as vice president of wealth management and president of the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company. Christophersen received a B.S. degree in management information systems in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, and his M.B.A. degree from Marquette University in 1987. He holds the series 7, 8, 24, and 65 securities licenses. In the community, Christophersen has been active with a variety of non-profit organizations, including the American Lung Association of Wisconsin and the advisory council of Make a Difference Wisconsin.


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