Sep. 28, 2011

Cockeysville Resident And Cockeysville Middle School Receive $25,000 From Discover

Discover Gives Back to Education through Its 2011 Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes; Second Maryland Resident and School Winner in 2011

Timonium, MD, Sept. 28, 2011– Discover today announced that it is donating $25,000 to Cockeysville Middle School, as part of this year’s Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes promotion. Cockeysville Middle School was chosen by Cockeysville resident, Shahin Sajedi, an Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes June monthly winner who had children that attended the school years ago. Sajedi and Cockeysville are the second Maryland resident and school to win the monthly prize this year. In January, a resident from Kent Island won $25,000 and chose Kent Island High School to receive the additional $25,000.

Throughout the year, every purchase made using an eligible 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 at the end of the year.

Sajedi won the monthly prize when she made a $23.33 purchase at Panera Bread in June using her Sam’s Club Discover card.

“When Discover called to say I had won $25,000 in their Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes, I couldn’t believe it at first,” said Sajedi. “To know that Cockeysville Middle School benefits from my winning is an even bigger reward. Thank you Discover.”

Deborah Magness, principal of Cockeysville Middle School, said the donation will be used to supplement the school’s existing technology as well as to purchase new technology in order to further student achievement and enhance student learning.

“We are so excited, honored and humbled by this award. The fact that someone can designate a public school of their choice and that we were chosen is a tribute to the teachers at Cockeysville Middle School and the lasting impact they have on the lives of children. We are grateful to the Sajedi Family for recognizing our efforts in educating their children years ago.”

“We believe supporting education is critical,” said Kevin O’Donnell, vice president of credit issuance at Discover. “We know consumers will appreciate not only the great prizes we’re offering with this sweepstakes, but also the chance to make a difference at public schools across the country.”

There is no purchase, transaction or card application necessary to enter or win the Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes. For official rules, terms and conditions, and the list of participating issuers of Discover cards, 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


Matthew Towson

Multimedia Files: