Meet the Scholars from the Western Union and CFSC Scholarship Program

Western Union and CFSC Scholarship Program

CFSC offers much more than just a check cashing service. We’re always looking for a way to give back. That’s why the CFSC Scholarship Program has joined with The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) to support diverse students from around the globe that embody perseverance, aspiration, and being community-minded with the goal of helping to build a better world.

How It Works

$2500 scholarships are awarded to the recipients that meet the criteria and are pursuing an undergraduate degree in mathematics, science, engineering, technology, or business/entrepreneurship as these fields are in high-demand and offer strong earning potential.

Meet the Scholars

Without further ado, here are the scholars of the Western Union and CFSC Scholarship Program!

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Samie Augustin, Future Nurse

Samie dreams of having her own medical clinic. Originally from Haiti, her family relocated to Queens. She’s currently attending Laguardia Community College where she’s going after an Associate degree in Nursing.

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Lily Farias, Entrepreneur of Tomorrow

Lily is from Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, but she’s traveled all the way to Wisconsin to complete a degree in Management and Leadership at Carroll University. She’s looking to start her own business one day.

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Kassidy Jungles, Paging Doctor Kassidy

Deriving from Manteno, Illinois, Kassidy’s dream is to become a physician. She currently attends Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame in Indiana where she’s striving for a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

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Taylor Kim, Future Forward

From Monterey Park, California and currently attending the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Taylor wants to help companies become more sustainable, creative, and engaged in the community, and she’ll get there with an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising.

Lisa Ramirez, Steady Hands (no photo available)

Lisa is from Puerto Rico and is currently attending New York University where she’s looking to complete a Bachelor in Neuroscience degree so she can one day fulfill her dream of being a surgeon.

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Roy Ramirez, To Infinity and Beyond™

Roy’s dream is starting an aerospace company of his own. Originally from San Jose, Costa Rica, he’s attending Purdue University in Indiana where he’s working toward a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

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Pia Salcedo, Helping Hands

From Artesia, California, Pia is currently attending UCLA to complete a Bachelor of Science in Psychology so she can fulfill her dreams of starting her own outpatient physical therapy clinic.

Kayla Simpson, Hometown Community Builder (no photo available)

Kayla comes from Chicago and is attending Marquette University in Milwaukee where she’s going after a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. It’s her dream to improve infrastructure in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Become A Sponsor or Recipient

For questions or more information on how you can apply to become a scholarship recipient – or if you’d like to co-sponsor with WU Scholars to help further education for students, head here to learn more.

To see all the ways CFSC can help you with your day-to-day financial needs, including our check cashing service, visit us here.

CFSC Breast Cancer Awareness

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CFSC Breast Cancer Awareness

The likelihood is, we all know someone that has been affected by cancer in one way or another. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for very good reason. With 1 in 8 women set to be diagnosed in her lifetime, it’s more important than ever to be proactive and learn how to help safeguard yourself and your loved ones to give you, and them, the best chance at beating breast cancer in the event of a diagnosis.

Alarming Statistics

Breast cancer awareness has become a common household phrase. That’s partially because every nineteen seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer, and every 74 seconds, someone is the world dies from it. These facts are a hard pill to swallow, but the bright light in this dark tunnel is the fact that diagnosis doesn’t have to mean a death sentence.

Early Detection is Key

You’ve heard this before, and you’ll hear it again because it’s the biggest factor in having a higher success rate after diagnosis. Early detection can mean all the difference, and that’s why it’s so important.

Scheduling a yearly checkup – and keeping it – is crucial. A lot can change in a year, so why risk waiting any longer than that? In addition to your yearly checkups, self-examinations can help keep you aware of changes in your body and also provide peace of mind in between exams.

Don’t Lose Hope

98% of breast cancer patients experience positive results when they detect and treat early. That alone is a pretty good reason to take steps for early detection. Make sure you educate yourself, and then tell your neighbors, your friends, and your family because we’re all in this together.

Become Informed

CFSC is making it our mission to help inform, educate, and support those in our communities in conjunction with the National Breast Cancer Foundation during the month of October. Stop by any of our check cashing locations where you’ll find important information regarding what you need to know about breast cancer and possible early signs as well as a helpful brochure to teach you how to perform your own self-examinations.

For more information on early detection, where to find valuable resources for educating yourself in the fight against breast cancer, and a community of people that stands beside you, visit our site here or head over to your nearest location and Think Pink!

Why Bill Pay Works for Most People

Drowning in bills and their upcoming deadlines? Take a deep breath. CFSC Bill Pay can help. Thanks to our relationships with hundreds of billers, we can often get your account credited instantly. You can even pay in cash if you’d rather not pay online. If you’re having trouble keeping track of mounting bills, you can even pay multiple bills at once. Here are some other reasons why CFSC’s bill payment system works for most people.


On Time Payments

It’s important to pay your bills on time. By trusting CFSC to help make your bill payments electronically, you’ll pay your bills faster and manage your deadlines better. These on time payments will help you in the future by improving your credit score. You’ll see multiple benefits from an improved credit score, including lower-interest rates.

Reduce Late Fees

Late fees add up. If they add up for too long and your outstanding balance becomes too much, your debt will be turned over to a collections agency. This can damage your financial well-being. CFSC can help you avoid late fees by helping you pay your bills fast and easy.


As mentioned, you can pay all your bills at one location with CFSC. There is also minimal delay between the date you pay and the date the bill is settled. This will help to prevent late fees, loss of service, or disruption of service. No need to worry about making an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome! We offer bill payment options for credit cards, phone bills, gas services, electricity, and more. Call or visit your nearby CFSC location to see if bill pay is the right option for you.

Get More Than Financial Needs – Gain a Family

At the heart of it all, CFSC is about family – yours, ours, and the family created within every customer and employee interaction. It’s that family unit derived from home-grown customer service that sets us apart from other financial institutions, and no one understands that quite like Gina, Director of Marketing for CFSC. With a peek into our company straight from her point of view, Gina tells us just what this family encompasses.


In your own words, what is CFSC?

CFSC stores provide communities, residents and employees with support for all of their financial needs. Many of these communities do not have easy access to banks and other financial facilities, and therefore find it difficult to cash checks, send money, load and unload debit cards, use ATM’s, pay their bills, etc. CFSC gives their customers a comfortable, safe and affordable place to complete their financial transactions and help them manage their daily financial needs better.

Tell us about your position at CFSC. What does a typical day look like for you?

As Director of Marketing, I work with improving and expanding the products and services we offer and communicating those products and services best to our consumer. You say a “typical” day! Nothing is ever typical, lol, especially in marketing. I can start my day by planning new promotions with our service providers, by lunch I can be developing a social media campaign with our ad agency and soon enough find myself responding to a customer’s inquiry of how our Bill Pay service works. Before the day is done, I will design, distribute and analyze customer survey questionnaires, design a Commercial brochure and prepare product posters for Point of Sale display. Other days, I’m evaluating product sales, redesigning our website, filming a new advertising video… When it comes to marketing, I like the versatility and most importantly, the ability to “create, analyze and constantly re-create” so we perfect the products and services we offer to our customers and how best to engage customers in our brand. For me, it’s all about our customer!

What makes CFSC stand out from other check-cashing services?

Funny you should ask this question at this time. We recently initiated a customer survey and I’ve just compiled the results. The customer can answer this best, and they did. Though, none of the questions on the survey specifically asked this question, it was clear to me to see how most of the answers had a resounding similar message that probably answers this question best. Our customers love our personal and responsive Customer Service at each store. Yes, we provide the right products and services that our customers need and desire, however, hands down our customers relate to our employees and call them by name. “I love Maria!” … “I come back again and again because Rita is so pleasant to deal with.” … “I could go to a closer financial service company, but CFSC employees always give me a smile and sincerely want to help me.” … “I feel like family at CFSC!” These are quotes from our customers, so I would have to say that our customer service is what makes us stand out from our competitors.

What do you like best about working at CFSC?

What I love about working at CFSC is the ability to genuinely help others who have the need to seek our services. When someone benefits directly from our work, it is a good feeling. I was not as fortunate to work at the store level previously, but 90% of our management and executive team has. They understand our customer first hand, and they want to see that our customer’s needs are met and want our services to help them succeed financially in life. I have marketed perfume, real estate, education in my career, but when the product or service really makes a difference in the consumer’s life, it is so rewarding. Doing my passion at CFSC has been wonderful. It is really like family here. We are a third generation family run company, but without question, the family extends to all employees and especially to our customers. To become a part of your very own CFSC family, stop in at one of our 200 nationwide stores and let us find a service tailored just for you!