October 10, 2003

Discover® Card Launches Search For Exceptional High School Juniors

Riverwoods, Illinois, – Discover Financial Services and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) are searching for exceptional high school juniors in the United States. Since 1991, the Discover® Card Tribute Award® Scholarship program has been recognizing and rewarding high school juniors who have demonstrated excellence in many areas of their lives – not just academics.

More than $1 million is available to current high school juniors nationwide. Up to nine $2,500 scholarships are being offered in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and up to nine $25,000 national awards – totaling nearly 460 scholarships.

To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled as a junior in an accredited public or private high school in the U.S.; have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on 4.0 scale; and demonstrate accomplishments in the following areas: Special Talents, Leadership and Community Service, and has faced a significant roadblock or challenge.

The Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship application packets have been distributed to high schools throughout the United States. Students can also download an application by going online at; request an application at; or write to AASA at P.O. Box 9338, Arlington, VA 22219. Organizations that work with high school juniors are encouraged to create a hotlink to either web site so that the application materials can be easily accessed by eligible students.

All completed applications must be received by AASA no later than January 9, 2004, 5 p.m. ET. State and national Tribute Award winners will be announced on May 24, 2004.

Discover Financial Services, a business unit of Morgan Stanley, operates the Discover® Card brands with more than 50 million Cardmembers and the Discover Business Services network. Discover Business Services is the largest independent credit card network in the United States with more than 4 million merchant and cash access locations.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA) is the advocacy and professional organization for educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates improving the condition of children and youth, preparing schools and school systems for the 21st century, connecting schools and communities and enhancing the quality and effectiveness of school leaders.