Wescom Credit Union provides Sylvan Learning Center Scholarships to college-bound Southern California students for third consecutive year

WescomKindness initiative continues to support students, helping them get college-ready through tutoring and informative online resources

PASADENA, CA (September 21, 2022) — Wescom Credit Union announced today that it is partnering with Sylvan Learning Centers throughout Southern California to provide scholarships to college-bound students as part of its ongoing #WescomKindness initiative for the third consecutive year.

“We started this scholarship program in 2020 when remote learning became the norm. Students are still facing widespread learning-related challenges as a result of COVID-19’s ongoing presence and we want to help by providing extra tutoring, ensuring they are sufficiently prepared when they go off to college,” stated Melissa Pederson, Wescom Credit Union SVP Administration. “Working with Sylvan, we can make a difference and continue our commitment to helping Southern Californians build better lives.”

Wescom will provide $28,000 in funds to support college-bound students via tutoring scholarships fulfilled by Sylvan Learning Centers across Southern California counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside. Seventeen Sylvan Learning Centers will participate, awarding college preparation services such as college essay assistance, coaching through the college admissions process, SAT and ACT prep, and tutoring for AP and other academic classes. The scholarships will benefit approximately 20 deserving juniors and seniors attending local public high schools.

“Ongoing learning challenges and making up for lost time are realities for students right now,” said Emily Levitt, Vice President of Education, Sylvan Learning. “The continued support of high school students in Southern California through the #WescomKindness initiative makes a real impact in these communities. We are so proud to be a recipient of Wescom’s proactive approach with helping high school students and their families prepare for college.”

In addition to the scholarships, Wescom created an online resource dedicated to providing college-bound students and their families with practical information, such as decoding financial aid terms and outlining the different ways to pay for college. Because of the enormous expense that can be associated with attending college, Wescom encourages students and their families to first explore and research all available scholarships, grants, and federal financial aid before taking out private loans.

For those families that do need to bridge the gap between college expenses not covered by scholarships, grants, and federal loans, Wescom offers their Smart Option Student Loan® by Sallie Mae®. Wescom also offers their Youth Banking Plus Account, designed for teens ages 13 to 17, which helps students learn how to build wealth, maintain it, and use the tools to reach their financial goals.

To explore Wescom’s online resources to help students and families make their college dreams a reality, visit For more information on the Smart Option Student Loan® by Sallie Mae® visit For more information on the Wescom Youth Banking Plus Account visit


About Wescom Credit Union

Since 1934, Wescom Credit Union has been dedicated to helping people throughout California build better lives. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Wescom has 25 branches and offers advanced digital banking tools to provide essential banking solutions to more than 200,000 members. Benefits include free checking with eStatements, lower loan rates, higher savings yields, reduced fees, and a robust network of branches and ATMs. #WescomKindness is an extension of Wescom Credit Union’s nearly 90-year tradition of serving its community through such programs as The Wescom Foundation – the Credit Union’s employee-run charitable foundation. Wescom is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Opportunity Lender. For more information, please visit

About Sylvan Learning
With more than 40 years of experience and more than 710 points of presence, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan also leads the way with Sylvan EDGE — STEM and accelerated courses and Sylvan Prep — college and test prep courses. Sylvan supports families through every stage of the academic journey. Sylvan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franchise Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRG). For more information, visit


Audrey Chittick
GRAIL for Wescom Credit Union

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