The Payments Institute (TPI) Scholarship

The William A. McLarty Payments Institute Scholarship

This is a great opportunity for someone who works in the payments industry to enhance his/her knowledge of the rapidly expanding electronic payment network.

The Scholarship recipient will attend the 2017 Payments Institute in Atlanta, GA, scheduled for July 16 - 19, 2017, at the Emory University Conference Center Hotel. The non-transferrable scholarship award will pay up to $3,000 towards the registration fee and travel-related expenses.

Payments professionals face greater and more complex challenges today than ever before. The industry is changing, the scope of the job is changing, and the workplace is changing. How do you keep up with rapid growth and ever advancing technology? How do you know what payments systems are right for your organization and how do you go about implementing them?

The Payments Institute (TPI)
NACHA's university-style program is focused on continuing education for industry professionals. TPI provides targeted education on the payments industry's most important topics. From developments in payments fundamentals to emerging opportunities, TPI provides education to prepare payments professionals for what's to come. Attendees leave with knowledge and tools to help them more effectively mitigate risk, remain in compliance, deploy innovative solutions, and add to their company's bottom line.

Members Are Encouraged to Submit Nominations

Scholarship Eligibility

  • The nominee must be employed by an SFE member company.
  • The nominee must have worked a minimum of three years in the financial industry.
  • Primary consideration will be given to nominees who work in the payments industry.
  • Two letters of recommendation in support of the nominee's nomination must be submitted, one of which is from senior management of the nominee’s organization.
  • Nominee's current professional resume’ must also be submitted.

Scholarship Nomination
Scholarship nominees and any supporting documents must be received at the SFE office no later than Monday, April 3, 2017.

Recipient Selection
Nominations will be reviewed and a scholarship recipient will be selected by the SFE Executive Committee and announced by May 4, 2017.

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The William A. McLarty Payments Institute Scholarship
William A. (Bill) McLarty, Vice President, Trustmark National Bank, was a beloved member of the Southern Financial Exchange (SFE) team. Bill's dedication and commitment to SFE will live on through the people he inspired who carry on the mission of the organization today. Our legacy to him is the William A. McLarty Scholarship to The Payments Institute.

Past Recipients

Victoria Pettersen, 2015 TPI Scholarship Recipient, Comments On Her Experience
“I had high expectations for The Payments Institute and every one of them was blown out of the water. The instructors were interesting, knowledgeable, and incredibly engaging. In every class we had the ability to openly discuss the topics, asking questions and sharing opinions to garner deeper understanding. The entire staff was easy to speak to, to ask questions of, and eager to share their knowledge of the payments industry. Classes ranged from introductions to various payment systems to in-depth discussions of specific aspects of risk and other various topics and –my personal favorites – the future of the payments industry as a whole. The entire event was well organized, complete with small socials put together to foster networking and generally getting to know fellow attendees. The instructors and fellow classmates at TPI have left me with a broader understanding of payments in general and a deeper understanding of risk and compliance that is going to be invaluable to me as I continue my career. I can’t thank you enough for offering me the chance to experience this.”

Lauren Faucett, 2014 TPI Scholarship Recipient, Comments On Her Experience
"Without your scholarship, I would not have experienced The Payments Institute (TPI) and would be lacking knowledge within my job responsibilities. TPI and the accommodations were really nice and well put together. All of the instructors were well informed about their coursework and eager for an interactive session between classmates. 

It’s hard to comprehend how big the ACH and payment industry stems out. We had classmates that were from Paypal, utility companies, software vendors, and  all departments that make up a bank/credit union. There was a great mix of discussion concerning how regulations came about and where the industry sees examiners moving in the future. Additionally, instructors discussed topics such as bitcoins and new technology in the future. It was fascinating! Thank you again for the opportunity!"

Rebecca Borders, 2013 TPI Scholarship Recipient, Comments On Her Experience
“My experience at The Payments Institute was fantastic. I met people that I have maintained contact with from all over the country as great sources of information and ideas. Attending The Payments Institute gave me confidence in my own skills and access to professional “sources” of information: regulators, FDIC, CFPB, and NACHA personnel. I studied Payments Risk and Compliance and while the days were full, I learned a great deal and met people that I can continue to learn from in the future. Whether you are just starting out in the payments network and want to learn more, or if you are experienced and are looking for a deeper understanding, the class structure at TPI allows you to move in whichever direction suits you best.”

Questions? Call (504) 525-6779 Ext. 1123 or email info@sfe.org