TransUnion to Award Student Scholarships During Credit Education Week Canada

    Credit Reporting Company Empowering Consumers Through Knowledge

    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ -- As part of its support and contribution to
Credit Education Week Canada, TransUnion has announced that it will award
$3,000 in scholarships to winners of the public service campaign's 2007 Essay
Writing Contest.  The contest is open to grade 12 students who are Canadian
residents and are pursuing a post-secondary education.
    "Credit literacy is essential to ensuring that our youth are prepared for
the real world challenges they'll face in the years ahead," said Tom Reid,
Director of Consumer Solutions for TransUnion.  "TransUnion is out there every
day working to educate and empower people of all ages through our learning
center at, via our efforts with print and broadcast
news media and through our daily interactions with credit active Canadians.
Our work with Credit Canada is an important part of this effort."
    In addition to its scholarship funding, to be distributed via three
separate student awards of $1,000 each, TransUnion is also a featured speaker
at the conference and will serve as an active participant and industry expert
during activities scheduled throughout the week.
    "Having an industry leader like TransUnion on-board, gives our messages
that much more consumer relevance," said Laurie Campbell, Executive Director
of Credit Canada.  "Beyond the scholarship dollars it has dedicated,
TransUnion is bringing added insight and perspective to this audience on what
can and likely will happen to your creditworthiness if you don't put yourself
on a path of knowledge and empowerment."
    Contest submissions are due by October 19 with scholarships scheduled to
be awarded November 15.  For consideration, essays must be a maximum of 1,000
words in length, describing "How I will fund my post-secondary education."
Entries will be accepted via email only.  Full contest rules are available at
    About Credit Education Week Canada
    Credit Education Week is a national event supported by leaders in
financial services, consumer advocates, community organizations and
government. The goal of this initiative is to empower the public to make wise
financial choices by placing tools and resources at their fingertips through
free events such as campus fairs and trade shows, as well as free resources
that will address key topics in all stages of a consumer's financial life.
    About TransUnion
    As a global leader in credit and information management, TransUnion
creates advantages for millions of people around the world by gathering,
analyzing and delivering information. For businesses, TransUnion helps improve
efficiency, manage risk, reduce costs and increase revenue by delivering
comprehensive data and advanced analytics and decisioning. For consumers,
TransUnion provides the tools, resources and education to help manage their
credit health and achieve their financial goals. Through these and other
efforts, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies worldwide. Based in
Toronto, with global headquarters located in Chicago, Illinois, TransUnion
provides local service and support in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon,
Winnipeg, Hamilton, Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown and St. John's. Visit to learn more.
    Graphics and/or photographs to accompany this release can be obtained by
members of the media by contacting Steven Katz ( at

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