Students Receive Scholarships for Rental-Related Education

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:

  • Tyler Arlinghaus of Art’s Rental Equipment, Newport, Ky.
  • Shawn Blaisdell of Bunce Rental, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Taylor Brown of Action Rental and Sales, Harrisonville, Mo.
  • Jeremy Emig of Cincy Tool Rental, Cincinnati
  • Mark Lello of Midwest Construction Rentals, Bloomington, Ill.
  • Bryan Licata of Four Seasons Power Equipment, East Meadow, N.Y.
  • Ryan McPeak of Mahaffey Tent Rentals, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Ryan Ponikvar of Sun Rental Center, Mentor, Ohio
  • John Ritter of A Tool Shed, Campbell, Calif.
  • Christopher Stuckey of AP Equipment and Rentals, Longview, Texas

 Recipients of Foundation technical/vocational scholarships of $1,000 each are:

  • Matthew M. Jones of Jones Equipment Rental, Fort Gratiot, Mich.
  • Timothy Lockhart of B & M Equipment Rental and Sales, Belleview, Fla.
  • Paxton McReynolds of Mikerentals, Sikeston, Mo.
  • Matthew Wedding of All Rental, Gardner, Kan.
  • Kelsey Williams of A-1 Rentals/Party Plus in Helena, Mont.

 Recipients of the Foundation graduate scholarships of $2,000 each are:

  • Christopher Burson of Rental World of St. Cloud, St. Cloud, Fla.
  • Matthew Witherwax of RSC Equipment Rental, Houston

 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.


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