A 2016 Lexington graduate has received a scholarship from the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA).

The NPA has announced the recipients of the 2017 Future Business Leaders (FBL) Scholarships. Through generous donations by pawnbroker members of the NPA, the following seven students were awarded $1,000 scholarships:

Savannah Garris
Sponsor – Sylacauga Pawn Shop, Alpine, AL

Austin Dale Hipps
Sponsor – Larry’s Jewelry & Pawn, Harvest, AL

Julia Mae Newberry
Sponsor – Johnson Brothers’ Jewelry & Loan, Mansfield, OH

Destiny Owens
Sponsor – Lombard Financial Services, Inc, Fort Worth, TX

Joseph Marvin
Sponsor – Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn, Inc, Asheville, NC

Miranda Fulton
Sponsor – USA Pawn & Jewelry, Ridgeland, MS

Zachary McClain
Sponsor – USA Loans, Little Rock, AR

Dana Meinecke, Executive Director of the National Pawnbrokers Association, 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 $147,000 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.

Newberry is attending Ashland University.

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