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National Pawnbrokers Association Names Recipients of Future Business Leaders Scholarships


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CONTACT: Media@NationalPawnbrokers.org

July 8, 2019




2019 Future Business Leaders Scholarship Recipients Each Awarded $1,0000 Scholarship

Southlake, TX – The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Future Business Leaders (FBL) scholarships. Through generous donations by pawnbroker members of the NPA, the following five students were awarded $1,000 scholarships:

Savannah Garris

Sponsor: Garris Specialties Inc, Birmingham, AL

Austin Hipps

Sponsor: Larry’s Jewelry & Pawn, Harvest, AL

Aubrey Gage Kempton

Sponsor: American Pawn & Jewelry, Bainbridge, GA

Julia Mae Newberry

Sponsor: Johnson Brothers’ Jewelry & Loan, Mansfield, OH

Bryce Daniel Walter

Sponsor: Pawn Plus, Inc, Macomb, IL

Dana Meinecke, Executive Director of the NPA, emphasized the importance of supporting aspiring business students with recognition and scholarships to help secure their continuing education. “The NPA community of pawnbrokers is committed to supporting the educations of the next generation of business leaders to further strengthen the industry,” said Mrs. Meinecke. “The Future Business Leaders scholarship program has awarded over $150,000 since its inception in 2003.”

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 an 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 to programs like the Future Business Leaders scholarship and other programs. 

For more information about the NPA, contact NPA External Communications, at: Media@NationalPawnbrokers.org or (212) 365-0691 x 5. For more information from the NPA, please visit NationalPawnbrokers.org.


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 Southlake, TX.

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