Date: October 19, 2008

FiSCA Awards Scholarships to Twenty-Seven Outstanding
College-Bound Students

Program Has Awarded More Than $460,000 to 191 Deserving Students From Across
The Country Over The Past Nine Years



Las Vegas, NV – For the ninth consecutive year, the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) has awarded scholarships to college bound seniors in areas across the United States serviced by its members. The awards were announced at FiSCA’s 20th Annual Conference & Exposition, taking place in Las Vegas, NV. This year, 27 exemplary students from the East, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and West sections of the country each received cash grants of at least $2,000 to use toward their college expenses. In total, $64,500 in scholarships was awarded, the criteria for which include:

o Commitment to community service
o Perseverance in the face of significant obstacles
o Demonstration of leadership skills in school
o Academic Achievement
o An original essay specifically for the competition

The competition for the scholarships was intense, with more than 1,000 high school seniors applying for the 27 awards. All applications are ranked first by regional and then national review committees.

“In an uncertain economic environment it is important for students to achieve as high a level of education as possible. At the same time, paying for such education can be very difficult for many,” said Sandy Herman, Chairman, FiSCA Scholarship Program. “Through its Annual Scholarship Program, FiSCA is committed to helping students from across the country achieve their academic goals. FiSCA is honored to help make their dreams a reality.”

With this year’s awards FiSCA has issued $460,500 in college grants to 191 deserving students across the country since the program’s inception in 1999. The scholarship program is funded by the voluntary contributions of numerous FiSCA members and affiliate members, including MoneyGram International and Western Union. 

“FiSCA members are committed to being good corporate citizens and the scholarship program is just one way that we can give back to those communities where we work and live,” continued Herman. “With education comes opportunity, and it is indeed an honor to help these deserving students achieve their potential.”

The winners of the 2008 FiSCA Scholarship Program include:




Poi Theng Suon  Philadelphia, PA  University City High School
Jelani A. Wright  Lanhan, MD  DuVal High School
Ashley Harris Trenton, NJ  Trenton Central High School
Elijah Qadr Mercer  Newark, NJ  West Side High School
Tiffany F. Studer  Bristol, CT       Bristol Central High School
Daniel W. Bowen  Solon, OH  Solon High School
Katie R. Gamby  Uniontown, OH  Green High School
Christopher L. Seiler  Green Bay, WI  Preble High School
Rachel M. Hankus  Troy, MI  Avondale High School
Jessica J. Slovak  Algonquin, IL  Harry D. Jacobs High School
Magdalena Mazurkiewicz  Chicago, IL  Whitney Young Magnet HS
Anna M. Gabriel  Coconut Creek, FL  Monarch High School

Alexander M. DeLoach 

High Springs, FL  Santa Fe High School
Dylan G. Wallace  Tishomingo, MS  Mississippi School for Math and Science
Matthew N. Duberville  Sulphur, LA  Sulphur High School
Michael Z. Council  Estill, SC  Estill High School
Onassis H. Vilaire  Miami, FL  Robert Morgan Educational Center

Brook L. White 

Alvin, TX  Alvin High School
Alexis Avram  Austin, TX  Westwood High School
Jessica R. Powers  Baytown, TX  Barbers Hill High School
Darlene R. King  Austin, TX  AN McCallum High School
Xuezhi Dong  Glendale, AZ  Independence High School


Andrew Tran 

Orange, CA  Troy High School
Cristina J. Nicoara  West Hills, CA  El Camino Real High School
Abigail W. Young  Ashland, OR  Ashland High School
Lyndsey P. Wilson  Federal Way, WA  Seattle Christian Schools
Paul D. Kim  Reseda, CA  Van Nuys High School

FiSCA, founded in 1987, is the national trade association for more than 7,000 individual financial service centers across the United States. FiSCA members provide a wide variety of financial services and products to their communities, including check cashing, money orders, money transfers, and electronic bill payment services, automatic teller machine access, government benefit and payroll payments, small dollar short-term loans, electronic tax preparation, prepaid debit cards, deposit acceptance services, public transportation fare and token sales, motor vehicle license plate and title distribution, postage stamp sales and numerous other services. For more information, please visit