National Pawnbrokers Association Announces 2014 Future Business Leaders Scholarship Winners

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National Pawnbrokers Association

The Future Business Leaders scholarship program has awarded over $121,000 since its inception in 2003.

Keller, TX (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Future Business Leaders (FBL) Scholarships. The following eight students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship:

John David Cravey
Sponsor – Insta-Cash Pawn, Longview, TX

Stephen Shelby Garris
Sponsor – Sylacauga Pawn Shop, Sylacauga, AL

Miranda Jones
Sponsor – Bill’s Pawn & Jewelry, Valley Station, KY

Zackary Kyle Lytton
Sponsor — Sylacauga Pawn Shop, Sylacauga, AL

Gracyn McCarty
Sponsor — Sam Houston Pawn & Jewelry, Victoria, TX

Daniel M. Rovak
Sponsor — Shane’s - The Pawn Shop, Inc., Chicago Heights, IL

Wesley R. Strong
Sponsor – Sylacauga Pawn Shop, Sylacauga, AL

Michael Alan Watson
Sponsor – Sylacauga Pawn Shop, Sylacauga, AL

Ben Levinson, president of the National Pawnbrokers Association, stressed the importance of fostering education and giving back to local communities. “These talented, young students are the future of the financial services industry, and it’s important that our industry play a vital role in nurturing their education.” Levinson added, “The Future Business Leaders scholarship program has awarded over $121,000 since its inception in 2003.”

FBL also awarded two, $1000 scholarships to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Since 1994, C.O.P.S. has donated over a million dollars in scholarships to survivors of fallen officers who do not receive tuition-free education as a state death benefit. C.O.P.S. also provides scholarships to survivors who no longer meet their state’s eligibility for assistance.

The Future Business Leaders scholarship program was established to provide financial aid to individual applicants who are planning to enroll or are enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college or trade school.

Qualified applicants are children, grandchildren, customers, or employees of NPA members or an individual. Qualified applicants are sponsored by a NPA member in good standing. Student selection is based on academic performance, community leadership, and written essay submissions.

NPA is proud to be an active member in our communities by giving through programs like the Future Business Leaders scholarship and C.O.P.S. programs. For more information, contact media(at)nationalpawnbrokers(dot)org or visit

The NPA works to provide independent pawnbrokers nationwide with resources and tools to strengthen the pawn industry. NPA members are committed to operating their businesses in such a manner as to enhance and promote the positive and professional image of all pawnbrokers. Members believe in establishing positive and long-lasting relationships with local, state, and federal government officials. The NPA is the industry’s only national association and is located in Keller, TX.