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Signs Now Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipient

Signs Now Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipient

COLUMBIA, Md. (August 22, 2014)—In 2014 Signs Now again partnered with the Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation (EDSF), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the document management and communications industries, to administer five new scholarships totaling $10,000 for the 2014 academic year. The scholarships will support students who are preparing for careers in the printing and document communications industries.

The awards were established as part of a recognition program to honor Signs Now franchise members for outstanding achievements.

“More than ever before, our industry is in need of bright, talented and energetic people,” explained EDSF Executive Director Brenda Kai. “With the financial support of Signs Now, they are playing an important role in helping to continue programs that focus on students starting their industry careers.”

The scholarships were awarded based on scholastic achievement, honors received and participation in school activities, along with community service and organizational affiliations. Eligibility requirements include a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and full-time student status.

The recipients of the 2014 scholarships are:

Signs Now Rochester Scholarship – $2,000

Honoring Owners Julie St. Germaine & Jackie Ciresi

Kelsey Seibt

Senior at RIT in Media Arts and Technology with a 3.8 GPA

Signs Now Broward Scholarship – $2,000

Honoring Owners Alan & Harriet Bleiweiss

Amanda Choi

Senior at Nova Southeastern University with a 3.6 GPA

Signs Now Lombard Scholarship – $2,000

Honoring Owner Lori Pastuzak

Kendra Gallion

Grad student at Eastern Illinois University with a 3.7 GPA

Signs Now Urbandale Scholarship – $2,000

Honoring Owner Melissa Monroe

Sierra Lichty

Junior at Upper Iowa University studying with a 3.6 GPA

Signs Now Sacramento Scholarship – $2,000

Honoring Owner Roy Gonzalez

Denise Benitez-Gonzales

Sophomore at Sacramento City College with a GPA of 3.6

To learn more about EDSF or to inquire about the scholarships, visit or contact Brenda Kai, EDSF executive director, at (817) 849-1145 or via e-mail at  

About Signs Now

As a leader and top innovator in the sign and graphics industry, Signs Now truly stands out in a crowded world. Signs Now has nearly 200 franchise locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Signs Now service base includes solutions and digital imaging for outdoor and indoor signage, exhibit and vehicle graphics, magnetic signs, banners, window graphics, ADA signage, dimensional letters, directional systems and other visual communications tools to businesses worldwide. For more information on Signs Now, call (800) 726-9050 or visit their website at

Signs Now is a member of Alliance Franchise Brands LLC, a world leader in marketing and visual communications, linking more than 600 locations in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. The company’s Sign & Graphics Division, headquartered in Columbia, Md. is comprised of Image360, Signs By Tomorrow and Signs Now brands of sign and graphics communications providers. Its Marketing & Print Division, headquartered in Plymouth, Mich. is comprised of Allegra, American Speedy Printing, Insty-Prints, Speedy Printing and Zippy Print brands of marketing, printing, mailing and Web services providers. For more information about Alliance Franchise Brands, please call (877)728-7446 or visit

About EDSF

EDSF is a charitable foundation dedicated to preparing the next generation of professionals for the document management and graphic communications marketplace. EDSF supports the industry's future by granting scholarships to students in support of their academic careers, by providing research grants to colleges and universities, by building awareness about industry careers and by recognizing innovative educators and educational programs. EDSF serves vendors and users who design and implement document solutions for business applications. For more information, visit