SWACHA Announces NACHA'S The Payments Institute 2014 Scholarship Recipients

SWACHA’s Scholarship Program Has Awarded More Than $130,000 Since Its Inception in 2001.

Dallas, TX, May 23, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Dallas-based SWACHA, one of the largest not-for-profit electronic payments associations in the country, announced today the recipients for its 2014 scholarships for NACHA’s The Payments Institute. This marks the 14th year SWACHA has provided scholarships, and the 10th year for its most prestigious scholarship, the Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship. Since the program’s inception, SWACHA has awarded more than $130,000 through its scholarship program.

“We want to congratulate the recipients for their hard work in the industry and hope their participation at The Payments Institute will help them gain the knowledge they need to succeed in the banking industry, “ said Laura Steele, AAP, president and COO of SWACHA. “Education has always been a high priority for SWACHA; it is our hope that through this scholarship program the participants will gain the information they need to stay competitive for a future in the industry.”

SWACHA’s scholarship program, which awards more than $10,000 annually, is open to employees of financial institutions that are members of SWACHA. The scholarships recognize professionals involved in the facilitation of electronic payments who demonstrate a high level of knowledge in payments systems and show continued interest and involvement in the industry. The Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship winner, named after the former SWACHA Board member who was known for his commitment to customer service and financial education, is chosen for a similar high standard of customer service in the industry.

NACHA’s The Payments Institute will be held at the Emory University Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, GA, July 20-23. The conference is a university-style program meant to help financial professionals strengthen their knowledge of all payment systems and the most important topics currently surrounding the industry.

A Blue Ribbon selection panel made up of distinguished SWACHA members chose this year’s scholarship winners.

2014 Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship winner:

· Adam Ortega, SVP, Heritage USA Federal Credit Union, Midland TX

The Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship provides tuition, room and board along with a travel allowance.

2014 NACHA’s The Payments Institute Scholarship winners:
· Julie Campos, Generations Community FCU, San Antonio, TX
· Mike Simpson, Austin Bank, Texas N.A., Kilgore, TX
· Bertha Martinez, First Light FCU, El Paso, TX

Each general scholarship recipient receives tuition, room and board.

SWACHA is a not- for-profit Regional Payments Association celebrating 40 years of serving approximately 1,000 members across the Southwest. SWACHA is the resource of choice for financial institutions and corporations in the areas of education, training, payments system risks and knowledge about electronic payments. For more information, visit:
Web: www.swacha.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bringingpaymentstogether
Twitter: @SWACHA

About The NACHA Payments Institute
The NACHA Payments Institute provides an intensive curriculum aimed at helping financial professionals achieve a higher understanding of the payments system. The Payments Institute is not a conference, rather it is a university-style program focused on continuing education for industry professionals, providing targeted education on the payments industry’s most important topics.

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