Paul Marsh, a 2012 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School and a resident of Pottstown, PA, has received a $2,000 scholarship from the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA), the national trade association representing the financial service industry. Paul will be attending Temple University in the fall.
For the thirteenth consecutive year, FiSCA has awarded scholarships to college-bound seniors from communities across the United States. This year’s program provided a total of $74,500 in cash grants to students in areas that are serviced by FiSCA members.
The competition was intense with 1,450 high school seniors applying for the scholarships. All applications undergo a rigorous review process, first being ranked by a regional then a national review committee. The criteria for the scholarships include:
· Commitment to community service
· Perseverance in the face of significant obstacles
· Display of leadership skills in school
· Academic achievement
· An original essay written specifically for the competition
“This is an important time to support students in their pursuit of higher education,” said Sanford Herman, Chairman of the FiSCA Scholarship Program. “Especially in these difficult economic times, individual FiSCA members as well as MoneyGram International and Western Union, who are our national cosponsors, understand the importance of helping students achieve their academic dreams. They are committed to the FiSCA Scholarship Program and to the communities they serve. Our industry leaders understand that investing in America’s future is in everyone’s best interests.”
Since the scholarship program’s inception in 1999, FiSCA has awarded $734,500 in college grants to 327 deserving students across the country. The program is funded by the voluntary contributions of FiSCA members and affiliate members, as well as national cosponsors MoneyGram International and Western Union. This year’s program included generous donations from FiSCA’s associations in California and Illinois.