Petaluma, California (August 6, 2018) — Student family members from Optio Solutions and its parent company, CrossCheck, received $1,000 scholarships from the ACA International Education Foundation via its Loomer Mortenson Education Scholarship Program. The foundation awarded 36 high school and college students with a total of $55,000 in assistance for the upcoming school year. Scholarship winners were announced at the 2018 ACA International Convention & Expo and in the article “Tomorrow’s Leaders Win Today.”
Scholarship applicants had to be current employees of a company affiliated with the credit and collection industry or the child of an employee.
Camryn Hotaling (pictured right) graduated from Rancho Cotate High School, Rohnert Park in June 2018, and will be attending California State University, Fresno this fall as a Liberal Arts major. She would like to one day be a fourth-grade teacher. Her father, Tory Hotaling, is a vice president at Optio Solutions.
Brittany Potts (pictured lower right) will enter Azusa Pacific University this fall as a freshman Business Management major. She graduated from Windsor High School, Windsor this past spring. Her mother, Debbie Potts, is the Information Systems supervisor at CrossCheck, Inc.
“It is always a pleasure to witness the accomplishments of our employees and their families,” said Optio President and CEO Chris Schumacher. “In this instance, the students are the recipients of a fundraising effort that our teams have participated in since 2015. We couldn’t be more proud.”
Founded in 1995, the ACA International Education Foundation is a philanthropic program of ACA International. Every April, credit and collections professionals support its fundraising campaign, Collector’s Challenge, using a variety of fundraisers efforts such as bake sales, car washes, contests, dress-down days, raffles and walk/run/bike-a-thons.
In 2018, Optio staff members in Petaluma, Calif. and Fargo, N.D. were joined by CrossCheck employees in Petaluma and Irving, Texas to amass a total of $1,935 in donations by participating in dress down days for the entire month of April and related events: Strawberry Shortcake Social in Petaluma, hosted lunch in Irving and a bake sale in Fargo. These efforts were recognized in the July 2018 issue of Collector magazine.
About Optio Solutions
Optio Solutions, LLC is a national debt collection agency focused on improving the ROI of clients and protecting their brands via extensive financial services experience, advanced technology, certified data security, legal compliance and professionally designated staff. Optio is a member of ACA International and the California Association of Collectors.