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ARA Foundation Announces 2010/2011 Scholarships

The ARA Foundation scholarship committee recently reviewed the 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, are being awarded to students pursuing rental-related educations at technical/vocational schools, community colleges, undergraduate colleges and graduate schools.

The scholarships — selected during an anonymous screening of applications — are awarded based on academic success, leadership, rental industry involvement, written essays on rental-related questions and references. 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 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. Additional affiliate scholarships are:
• Dorothy Wellnitz Scholarship for ARA Region 10/Canada – U.S. $1,000
• Nicholas Barry of Rental Network Ltd., Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

ARA of Michigan – $500 each
• Erick Helfmann of A-1 Lansing Rent-All, Lansing, Mich.
• Matthew Jones (also the recipient of a Foundation technical/vocational scholarship)
• Trevor Matthew of Taylor Rental Center, Petoskey, Mich.
• Shane Valliere of Taylor Rental Center, Petoskey, Mich.

ARA of Ohio – $750 each
• Jessica Ahrns of Celina Tent, Celina, Ohio
• Jeremy Emig (also the recipient of a Foundation undergraduate scholarship)
• Brittany Fike of Let’s Entertain, Warrensville Heights, Ohio
• Jennifer Fitzgerald of JRB, C&P, CustomWorks (Paladin Heavy Construction), Akron, Ohio
• Ryan Ponikvar (also the recipient of a Foundation undergraduate scholarship)
• Kevin Saunders of Sully’s Rent-All, Akron, Ohio

ARA of Texas – $1,000 each
• Walter Burke of Taylor Rental, Garland, Texas
• Collin Dannemiller of Taylor Rental Center, Plano, Texas
• Kyle Landua of U-Rent-It Sales and Service, Terrell, Texas
• Christopher Stuckey (also the recipient of an ARA Foundation scholarship)

Funds for all of these scholarships will be disbursed by the ARA Foundation to students’ schools by early August.

Applications for the 2011/2012 ARA Foundation scholarships will be available in the fall. More information on the scholarship program is available at www.ARAfoundation.com.

The ARA Foundation is a 501(c)3 philanthropic organization supporting the equipment rental industry. The vision of the Foundation is to make a positive difference in the rental industry as a leader for philanthropic support. Its mission is to develop and implement programs that create educational opportunities, build relationships and aid the industry.

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