May 23, 2011

Chicago's WJ Onahan School Wins Discover® $25,000 Schoolgiveaway Contest

Discover Gives Back to Education

CHICAGO, May 23, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Discover® today announced that the WJ Onahan School, located in Chicago's Norwood Park neighborhood, won its $25,000 School Giveaway contest. The Onahan School received the most votes out of more than 2,900 schools nominated.

Building on its commitment to supporting public education, Discover gave its Facebook fans the opportunity to nominate their favorite public school (K-12) for a chance to win $25,000. Each fan could cast one vote each day throughout the contest period. The Onahan School received the most votes, winning $25,000 to use on books, supplies, technology and other much-needed items.

"Onahan School is very excited to be the winner of the Discover School Giveaway Contest. We continue to increase our enrollment and our curriculum demands to advance as a school on the rise academically," said Karen Koegler, principal of Onahan School. "The use of the $25,000 will be part of a discussion with our Local School Council, PTA, parents and students. We are adding a 10-room annex next year and this could help in our new building. We also have talked about helping to support our performing arts with upgrades to our sound system. Thank you so much for the donation to help our school remain 'The Pride of the Northwest Side.'"

"We believe supporting education is critical to giving students a chance to achieve a brighter financial future," said David Nelms, chairman and chief executive officer of Discover. "This event gave us an opportunity to engage with our Facebook fans, many of whom are our cardmembers, in supporting public schools. Congratulations to Onahan for receiving the most votes and winning $25,000 from Discover."

Discover's School Giveaway contest is an extension of its year-long "Everyday Giveaway" sweepstakes program. Throughout the year, every purchase made on a Discover card is automatically entered for a chance to win one of 150 daily prizes and a monthly prize of $25,000, which Discover will match with a $25,000 donation to a public school of the winner's choosing. A grand prize of $1 million will be awarded early next year.

There was no purchase, transaction or card application necessary to enter or win the School Giveaway contest. WJ Onahan School was chosen based off the most votes received from fans of Discover's Facebook page. The contest ran on Discover's Facebook page from Mar. 14-April 30. For official rules, terms and conditions, please visit:

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers personal and student loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its Discover Bank subsidiary. Its payment businesses consist of 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 more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit

About WJ Onahan School

The Onahan School's mission is to develop a Math and Science Cluster School, which will empower its students to be responsible and self-directed learners in pursuit of academic excellence and life-long knowledge. It strives to evoke engaged learning, stimulate curiosity, and sharpen problem-solving skills.

SOURCE: Discover Financial Services

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