July 23, 2008

Ten Students Win $30,000 Discover Scholarship Program Award

Up to $300,000 in Scholarships Awarded to High School Juniors Nationwide

Riverwoods, IL- July 23, 2008 – Discover Financial Services recently announced the 10 winners of the Discover Scholarship Program Award. Each winner will receive a $30,000 award.

Winners were selected based on overall excellence in the areas of leadership and community service while successfully overcoming a hardship or challenge. They also maintained a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average to qualify.

While most programs are geared toward high school seniors, Discover focuses on juniors which gives them an additional year to prepare for their advanced education and make career plans. Winners come from all parts of the country and have diverse backgrounds.

The winners were recognized during an awards ceremony that was held in June at Discover Financial Services’ headquarters located in Riverwoods, Illinois. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of all 10 winners. This year’s award recipients are:

Destiny Beal, Manti, UT
Laura D’Asaro, Seattle, WA
Caitlyn Darnell, Avondale, CO
Sejal Hathi, Fremont, CA
Trey Stewart Jones, Omaha, NE
Rebecca Robison, Layton, UT
Rhonda Samples, Pikesville, MD
Marilyn Sanchez, Port Washington, NY
Sarah Wooten, Franklin, TN
Ge (Andy) Zhang, Marietta, GA

“Discover has a strong interest in supporting educational initiatives,” said David Nelms, Chief Executive Officer, Discover Financial Services. “This year marks the 17th anniversary of our program which has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young adults. We are proud of our winners and the contributions they make in their communities.”

Since the inception of the Discover Scholarship Program Award, Discover has awarded scholarships totaling nearly $16 million to more than 6,000 students. Once the student graduates from high school, scholarship funds may be applied to costs for college, university, specialized training or education beyond high school.

To learn more about the Discover Scholarship Program, please visit

About Discover Financial Services
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a leading credit card issuer and electronic payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. The company operates the Discover Card, America's cash rewards pioneer. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. Its payments businesses consist of the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit

Jennifer Grisamore
Discover Financial Services