Payless Shoes partners with Hispanic Scholarship Fund to support higher education

For the Fourth Consecutive Year, Payless ShoeSource Partners with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund; Offers Limited-Edition Bracelets Retailing for Only $3 Each; Donates $2.50 Per Bracelet Sold to the Scholarship Program

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and for the fourth consecutive year, Payless ShoeSource has launched the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship Program in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF).  Starting September 1, Payless will sell two limited-edition bracelet styles for $3 each — perfect for collecting and layering — and the retailer will donate $2.50 per each bracelet sold to establish scholarships to support the higher-education of Hispanic youth.

The Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship Program gives customers a special opportunity to show their support for students in style with this on-trend affordable accessory that is charitable and designed to support this vital and valuable cause. This year’s exclusively designed wrap bracelets are available in two colors for the fall: teal and bronze. The bilingual bracelets are perfect for collecting and layering — the latest trend in arm jewelry. The tasteful design features inspirational words stenciled in both English and Spanish: Dream/Sonar, Believe/Creer, and Inspire/Inspirar.

Through last year’s Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship program Payless was able to award 12 HSF scholarships to students from all over the country for the 2010-2011 academic year.

“Words cannot fully describe how grateful I am to Payless for their contribution to my educational career. Receiving this scholarship not only helped finance my education, but it gave me the opportunity to successfully complete my first year of doctorial studies,” said Lilyana Ortega, PhD student, department of educational psychology at the University of Illinois in Champaign. “Graduate school is an extremely demanding and rigorous endeavor, knowing that financial supporters, such as Payless, believed in me and were willing to put money on that belief served as a major source of motivation as I faced obstacles that inevitably come with doctorial studies. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Payless for their continued commitment to higher education,” added Lilyana.

For more information on the two limited-edition bracelet styles and/or the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship Program, please visit www.payless.com/hhm. Payless ShoeSource® will donate $2.50 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for each Inspiring Possibilities bracelet sold from September 1-30, 2011, with a total minimum donation of $37,000 for the 2011 program.  To learn more about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund go to www.hsf.net.  Bracelets are available in select Payless stores and Payless.com while supplies last. Purchase price of bracelet is not tax-deductible; not valid with BOGO offer.