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Young Payments Professionals (YPP) Scholar Program


Today's dynamic and competitive environment requires organizations to develop leaders who bring a strong foundation of payments knowledge, as well as a wide variety of professional and personal experience to the table. For these reasons, ETA has established the ETA YPP Scholar program.

Our 2018 class of ETA YPP scholars will hit the ground running in January to begin planning the Young Payments Professionals sessions at TRANSACT. All are invited to attend. Come and meet the new scholars at the ETA YPP Recognition Luncheon and at the ETA YPP Reception on Wednesday, April 18.

Apply to be an ETA YPP Mentor

ETA seeks mentors for the 2018 class of ETA YPP scholars. Mentors will help the ETA YPP scholars build knowledge, leadership skills and gain tools to advance goals through coaching and feedback.
Apply today!

Congratulations to the 2018 ETA YPP Scholars

Amy Aton
Anovia Payments

Caleb Bolden

Nadia Choudhury
North American Bancard

Onkar Gokhale

Sagar Khatwani

Louis Lamarca
Electronic Merchant Systems

Courtney Lee

Nicole Meisner
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Sang Eun Park
Zinc Platform

Ryan Reading

Goals & Benefits

The ETA YPP Scholar Program provides support, education and opportunity to young payments professionals, and encourages YPPs to assume leadership roles within ETA and the industry.

ETA YPPs stand to gain invaluable insight through this program. ETA’s goal is to provide the elements needed to help our young payments professionals of today grow, build collegial relationships with a class of scholars, and meet with respected leaders from influential companies that matter to the future of payments innovation.

Following their year as an appointed YPP Scholar, ETA invites these young payments professionals to continue their involvement with ETA by volunteering on committees and councils, contributing articles, and taking on an advisory role with the next group of YPP Scholars.

Each of the 2018 ETA YPP Scholars will receive the benefits in 2018 as listed below.


  • Currently employed by an ETA member company
  • Each of the 10 scholars will represent 10 different companies, though one company may have multiple applicants
  • Between the ages of 21-35 years
  • Working in payments for a minimum of two years
  • Application approved by your supervisor

ETA YPP Scholars Receive

  • Complimentary educational courses: seven (7) ETAU courses
  • Complimentary registration and travel assistance to TRANSACT
  • Assigned a senior industry mentor
  • Complimentary exam to earn ETA CPP Certification
  • Dedicated networking time at reception with industry leaders at TRANSACT
  • Opportunity to contribute to development of YPP session at TRANSACT
  • Complimentary registration to Strategic Leadership Forum
  • Complimentary registration to TRANSACT Tech events

Important Dates

Learn More

Please contact Melinda Widlake, Senior Manager, Member Services at 202.677.7411 or

2018 Selection Committee Consists of the 2017 ETA YPP Scholars

Shawn Silver, Chair, PaymentCloud

Andrew Nuss, The Strawhecker Group • Andrew Weber, Marcus by Goldman Sachs • Ashley Thompson, TSYS • Charlie Schloredt, Merchant Financial Services • Chelsie Cooper, AfirmPay • Holly O’Shea, First Data • Jamie Pyron, Payment Alliance International • Jennifer Bush, Paysafe Group • Lindsay Sugarman, National Merchants Association • Logan Frye, CardFlight •  Luis Gonzales, eMerchantPay

ETA YPP Mentor Application

ETA seeks mentors for the 2018 class of Young Payments Professional (YPP) scholars. The goal of this mentorship program is to connect our 10 ETA YPPs with ETA members who are experienced payments industry professionals for the year.

Mentors will help the ETA YPP scholars build knowledge, leadership skills and gain tools to advance goals through coaching and feedback. Mentors will have the opportunity to expand their own leadership and interpersonal skills and gain new perspectives and ideas while sharing key insights, tools and experiences.

Mentors and ETA YPP scholars will be matched based on career interests, professional and personal goals and geographical location. Please review the guidelines for the mentoring relationship here.

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