Twenty-Five Students Win $40,000 in Scholarships Through the Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship Program


8/4/2021 8:00

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Minneapolis, Minnesota – August 2, 2021 – The ACA International Education Foundation proudly recognized the 2021/22 recipients of the Loomer-Mortenson Scholarships in conjunction with ACA’s 2021 Convention & Expo held July 28-30 in Las Vegas. This year, the foundation received many applications and chose 25 distinguished students for the scholarships totaling $40,000.

Thanks to decades of support from ACA members and staff, the Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship Program has grown and expanded to help hundreds of students connected to the association and industry pursue higher education.

“ACA is excited to offer these students resources to advance their education through the Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship Program,” said Roger Weiss, chair of the ACA Education Foundation Board. “These scholarships help advance their education and ACA encourages eligible member employees and their children to apply.”

Students employed by a company affiliated with the accounts receivable management industry or a dependent of an employee are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Winners are selected based on their cumulative grade point average and a two- to three-page essay about the value of consumer credit to the nation's economy. The program was created in the memory of ACA member Robert E. Loomer, a dedicated instructor, and ACA staff member Irvin "Dempsey" Mortenson.

The top three 2021/22 scholarships winners include:

First place – Isabella Schenking received a $10,000 scholarship to attend Hanover College. Schenking’s parent is employed by Crown Asset Management in Duluth, Georgia.

Second place – Grayson Allan Clark received a $5,000 scholarship to attend George Mason University. Clark’s parent is employed by PRA Group in Norfolk, Virginia.

Third place – Megan Marie Cook received a $3,000 scholarship to attend Davenport University. Cook’s parent is employed by ARS Inc. in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

The foundation also awarded 22 scholarships of $1,000 each to:

  • Esme Elise Atkinson
    Ferrum College
    Parent employed by Receivables Management Systems, Midlothian, Virginia
  • Sarah E. Barnard
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Parent employed by InvestiNet LLC, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Sharod J. Danage
    St. Ambrose University
    Parent employed by Wilber Group, Normal, Illinois
  • Keaton Dowell
    Boise State University
    Parent employed by Dynamic Collectors Inc., Chehalis, Washington
  • Daniel Charles Ehresman
    Penn State University
    Parent employed by NRA Group LLC, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Lela Eppley
    Waynesburg University
    Parent employed by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Lars Erickson
    Stony Brook University
    Parent employed by Immediate Credit Recovery Inc., Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Savannah Maria Fogolio
    Notre Dame of UMD
    Parent employed by Alacrity Collections Corporation, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Katherine G. Fretty
    Grand Canyon University
    Employed by Troy Capital LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Cameron A. Gartland
    Florida State University
    Parent employed by Hunter Warfield, Tampa, Florida
  • Kayla Grace
    Hofstra University
    Parent employed by Sunrise Credit Services, Farmingdale, New York
  • Chatharina J. Hamson
    Western Governors University – Washington
    Employed by Armada Corp., Wenatchee, Washington
  • Samuel Gerrit Johnson
    University of Minnesota
    Parent employed by Professional Placement Services LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • April Martin
    Oregon State University
    Parent employed by Cascade Collections Inc., Salem, Oregon
  • Shyla Neugebauer
    North Dakota State University
    Parent employed by Credit Bureau of Bismarck, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Kennedi Oltmans
    Bradley University
    Parent employed by VeriFacts LLC, Sterling, Illinois
  • Frances O’Meara
    University of Washington
    Parent employed by The O’Meara Law Office, Everett, Washington
  • Emily Robb
    Baldwin Wallace University
    Parent employed by Fidelity National Collections, Alliance, Ohio
  • Peter Hirsh Rubin
    Emory University
    Parent employed by Hollis Cobb Associates Inc., Duluth, Georgia
  • Robert B. Salmon III
    University of North Carolina – Charlotte
    Parent employed by George Brown Associates Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Isabella Coryn Scalia
    University of Mississippi
    Parent employed by United Medical Recovery, Flowood, Mississippi
  • Reagan Hope Werner
    Vanderbilt University
    Parent employed by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1995, the ACA International Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on promoting consumer financial literacy. It is the philanthropic arm of ACA International, the association of credit and collection professionals. 

For more information on the Foundation and Loomer-Mortenson Scholarship, please visit the Foundation’s website.