The ARA Foundation scholarship committee of the American Rental Association, Moline, Ill., has reviewed 72 applications received for 2010-2011 and selected 18 recipients for its scholarships, as well as 16 recipients for scholarships awarded by affiliate programs. All scholarships, ranging from $750 to $3,000 each, were awarded to students pursuing rental-related educations at technical/vocational schools, community colleges, undergraduate colleges, and graduate schools.
Applicants must be associated with the equipment rental industry as an owner, manager or employee of a rental operation or manufacturer/supplier of rental equipment, or the family member of an owner, manager or employee.
Matthew Jones of Rent All Center, Alexandria, Va., received the first Leonard Hawk Founders Scholarship, the top scholarship award worth $3,000. He also received the $2,500 ARA Insurance Services Scholarship and the $500 Ron Marshall Scholarship presented by ARA Region Two, giving him a total of $6,000 in scholarship funds. Jones will be a senior at Virginia Tech and is pursuing a degree in finance.
Recipients of the ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarships of $2,000 each are:
Recipients of Foundation technical/vocational scholarships of $1,000 each are:
Recipients of the Foundation graduate scholarships of $2,000 each are:
The ARA Foundation also administers scholarships for affiliated rental organizations. Scholarships were given on behalf of ARA Region 10/Canada, ARA of Michigan, ARA of Ohio, and ARA of Texas.