The Payments Institute (TPI) Scholarship

The William A. McLarty Payments Institute Scholarship

This is a great opportunity for someone who works in the payments industry to enhance his/her knowledge of the rapidly expanding electronic payment network.

One (1) Scholarship recipient will attend the 2024 Payments Institute and Risk Retreat On-Campus School, an On-Campus event scheduled for July 14 - 17, 2024, and the Risk Retreat scheduled for July 17 - 18, 2024 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The non-transferrable scholarship award will pay $2,535 towards the registration fee including lodging.

Payments professionals face greater and more complex challenges today than ever before. The industry is changing, the scope of the job is changing, and the workplace is changing. How do you keep up with rapid growth and ever-advancing technology? How do you know what payments systems are right for your organization and how do you go about implementing them?

The Payments Institute (TPI) Home School

TPI On-Campus School and Risk Retreat is a 5-day event featuring concurrent classes. The TPI School curriculum allows you to select courses based on your needs as a payments professional or follow along with a particular School of Study. 

For instance, if you're planning to take the AAP or APRP exam, look for courses in the AAP and APRP Prep Schools of Study.  If you're a seasoned industry professional seeking a more in-depth look into today's complicated payments environment, the Advanced Program is perfect for payments vets eager to maintain a competitive advantage.

At TPI On-Campus and the Risk Retreat, you'll get actionable takeaways that you can implement in your organization immediately.

Members Are Encouraged to Submit Nominations

Scholarship Eligibility

  • The nominee must be employed by an SFE member company.
  • The nominee must have worked a minimum of three years in the financial industry.
  • Primary consideration will be given to nominees who work in the payments industry.
  • Nominee's current professional resume’ must also be submitted.

Scholarship Nomination
Scholarship nominees and any supporting documents must be received at the SFE office no later than Friday, May 31, 2024.

Recipient Selection
Nominations will be reviewed and the scholarship recipients will be selected by the SFE Executive Committee and announced by Friday, June 28, 2024.

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The William A. McLarty Payments Institute Scholarship
William A. (Bill) McLarty, Vice President, Trustmark National Bank, was a beloved member of the Southern Financial Exchange (SFE) team. Bill's dedication and commitment to SFE will live on through the people he inspired who carry on the organization's mission today. Our legacy to him is the William A. McLarty Scholarship to the Payments Institute.

2023 Winners!

Keisha Allen, Share One, Inc.
Sharisee Schwinn, First National Bank of Louisiana
Ann Watson, Louisiana Federal Credit Union

Past Recipients

Chassidy Armstrong, 2022 Scholarship Recipient
Lynn James, AAP, 2022 Scholarship Recipient
Jessica Mason, 2022 Scholarship Recipient

Christy Berry, NCP, 2021 Scholarship Recipient
Harrison Carrell, 2021 Scholarship Recipient
Jennifer Stover, AAP, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

Questions? Call (504) 525-6779 Option 1 or email