Their Future is Now, ARA Scholarship Foundation Recipients Academic Year 2020-2021

Jan 1, 2021 | Industry

Funded by generous donations from ARA Member Automotive Recyclers, the Scholarship Foundation provides financial gifts to children of automotive recycling working families. This is a real return on investment for their future – and ours.

The ARA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. provides a rare opportunity to give something from your business that can directly reward the workforce that supports this industry. At the same time, you contribute to the growth and development of our youth. Your support of the ARA Scholarship Foundation does exactly that.

The ARA Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote education through the awarding of scholarships based on scholastic achievement. The funds are available only to ARA members’ employee’s children for post-high school educational pursuits. Scholarships are funded through contributions from people like you, who care about the future of our children. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately $30,000 – $50,000 to deserving students.

We appreciate all of you who generously contributed to this effort.  

For the first time ever, this year the Scholarship Foundation will do a drawing of the approved scholarship applicants to win a trip (airfare, lodging and registration) to ARA’s 78th Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas in November. “We are excited to give a worthy student an opportunity to see a glimpse of our industry in person,” says Scholarship Foundation President Doug Reinert.

The drawing will take place on September 1, 2021.

Also, this year the committee increased the dollar amount for a Technical/Trade School scholarship. Students will receive a $1,500 scholarship, an increase of $500. This change reflects the Foundation’s strong support of students who are pursuing a career in the trades.

Elvis Muntz Memorial Scholarship

Halle Andringa

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Member: Vander Haag’s Inc, Spencer, IA

Parent:  Shawn Andringa

Ashley Geiger Memorial Scholarship

Kameron Asquith

State Technical College

of Missouri, Linn, MO

Member:  Yancey Auto Salvage, Perry, MO

Parent:  Timothy Asquith

Terry Gray Honorial Scholarship

Megan Bartz

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Member:  Kramer’s Auto Parts & Iron, Grand Island, NE

Parent:  Timothy Bartz

Skip Weller Honorial Scholarship

Jaden Braaten

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Member:  Nordstrom’s Automotive Inc.,

Garretson, SD

Parent:  Tim Braaten

Region IV Arizona & New Mexico Scholarship

Alyssa Buettner

Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH

Member:  LKQ, Maple Heights, OH

Parent:  David Buettner

New York ASSOCIATION of Auto Dismantlers Scholarship

Lauren Clark

Castleton University, Castleton, VT

Member:  Jerry Brown’s Auto Parts, Queensbury, NY

Parent:  Frederick Clark

Wanda Lindeman Memorial Scholarship

Michaela Cloyd

Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

Member:  Snyder Salvage, Holland, TX

Parent:  Jeff Cloyd

John Anspach Memorial Scholarship

Madison Cunningham

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Member: Chuck’s Auto Salvage, Douglassville, PA

Parent:  Deanne Leech

Mary Buessing & Rose Kelly Memorial Scholarship

Laramie Dickson

Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD

Member:  Nordstrom’s Automotive Inc,

Garretson, SD

Parent:  Keith Dickson

Car-Part.com Scholarship

Moriah Flanagan,

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Member:  Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc.,

Garretson, SD

Parent:  John Flanagan

Sandy Andersen Memorial Scholarship

Lissette Garza

Minnesota State University – Mankato, Mankato, MN

Member:  Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc.,

Garretson, SD

Parent:  Ricardo Garza

Richard J. Cassidy Memorial Scholarship

Courtney Holt

SUNY Oneonta,

Oneonta, NY

Member: Dutcher’s Inc,

Morrisville, NY

Parent:  Jeffrey Holt

Billy Standridge Memorial Scholarship

Chapman Johnson

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Member:  Auto World Salvage & Sales, Mobile, AL

Parent: Bryant Johnson

EZ Crusher Scholarship

Dawson Johnson

Augustana University,

Sioux Falls, SD

Member:  Vander Haag’s, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD

Parent: David Johnson

Ruby Griggers Memorial Scholarship

Ashley King

University of Oklahoma,

Norman, OK

Member: B&B Auto Recyclers, Oklahoma City, OK

Parent: Donny King

Dick & Dorothy Merrell Honorial Scholarship

Christopher Lawson

Arizona State University,

Tempe, AZ

Member: LKQ Central California, Bakersfield, CA

Parent: Sean Lawson

Bob Phelps Memorial Scholarship

Jillian Lawson

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Member:  LKQ Central California, Bakersfield, CA

Parent:  Sean Lawson

Gerald C. Sheftel Memorial Scholarship

Hailey Lindsley

Fort Lewis College,

Durango, CO

Member:  Knik Towing & Wrecking, Wasilla, AK

Katie & Alex Lieberman Family Memorial Scholarship

Julie Maldonado

University of Wyoming,

Laramie, WY

Member: U-Pull & Pay,

Aurora, CO

Parent: Rubin Malonado

Bill Weaver Honorial Scholarship

Alexis Morris

Longwood University,

Farmville, VA

Member: Cunningham Brothers Used Auto Parts, Rustburg, VA

Parent: Stephanie Williams

Frank Nicastri Memorial Scholarship

Nicole Motz

University of Minnesota –

Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Member: U Pull R Parts, Rosemount, MN

Parent: Kathy Motz

Carol Phelps Memorial Scholarship

Terra Munns

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

Member: Spalding Auto Parts, Inc., Spokane Valley, WA

Parent: Nathan Munns

Donald Rouse Honorial Scholarship

John O’Laughlin

Missouri S&T, Rolla, MO

Member:  JC Auto & Truck, Monroe City, MO

Parent: Randy O’Laughlin

Al-Jon Scholarship

Jillian Panko

Iowa State University,

Ames, IA

Member: Vander Haag’s, Inc.,

Des Moines, IA

Parent: Matt Panko

Virginia Whelan Honorial Scholarship

Hailey Pieper

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc.,

Garretson, SD

Parent: Scot Pieper

Don Cowell Honorial Scholarship

Isaac Pingel

Morningside College,

Sioux City, IA

Member: Vander Haag’s, Inc., Spencer, IA

Parent: Kari Pingel

Randy Reitman Memorial Scholarship

Taylar Reitman

Gateway Community and Technical College, Edgewood, KY

Member: Reitman Auto Parts, Melbourne, KY

Parent: Nick Reitman

Susan Weaver Memorial Scholarship

Cameron Riley

Longwood University,

Farmville, VA

Member: Johnson’s Mustang & Truck Parts, Chesapeake, VA

Parent:  Tamera Carter

Harry Rubin Memorial Scholarship

Jack Roush

Iowa State University,

Ames, IA

Member: Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling,

Des Moines, IA

Parent: Wendi Roush

Stuart Spitz Honorial Scholarship

Alexandra Shubert

Millersville University,

Millersville, PA

Member: Fenix Parts – Binghamton, NY

Parent: Scott Shubert

Edythe Cleland Memorial Scholarship

Reagan Shultz

Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

Member: Yancey Auto Salvage, Perry, MO

Parent: Kenneth Reynolds

Claude A. Miller, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Patrick Smith

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Member: LKQ Mid-America, Topeka, KS

Parent: Earl Smith

Linda Pitman Honorial Scholarship

Molly Snow

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI

Member: Bay Auto Parts,

Green Bay, WI

Parent: Jay Snow

LKQ Corp. Scholarship

Trevor Soyk

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Member: LKQ Smart Parts, Hustisford, WI

Parent: Gary Soyk

Mark T. Spears Honorial Scholarship

Claire Stack

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Champaign, IL

Member: City Auto Wreckers, Aurora, IL

Parent: Gene Stack

Nan Toder Memorial Scholarship

Abigail Steinbeck

Westminster College,

New Wilmington, PA

Member: Stoystown Auto Wreckers, Stoystown, PA

Parent: James Steinbeck

Sol & Lin Toder Honorial Scholarship

Jacob Steinbeck

Westminster College,

New Wilmington, PA

Member: Stoystown Auto Wreckers, Stoystown, PA

Parent: James Steinbeck

Donald E. & Bernice L. Beagell Memorial Scholarship

Cody Uken

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD

Parent: Randy Uken

Jan Sorenson Memorial Scholarship

Makenna Weddle

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Member: Bill Smith Auto Parts, Danville, IL

Parent: Frank Weddle

John Vander Haag Honorial Scholarship

Colton Wilinski

Iowa Central Community,

Fort Dodge, IA

Member: Vander Haag’s, Inc., Spencer, IA

Parent: Keith Echtenkamp

Norman Dulaney Memorial Scholarship

Myra Williamson

University of Texas – Arlington, Arlington, TX

Member: Pick-n-Pull, Inc., San Antonio, TX

Parent: Lloyd Welty

How can you help?

The ARA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. provides a rare opportunity to give something from your business that can directly reward your employee, and his or her family. At the same time, you contribute to the growth and development of our youth. Your support of the ARA Scholarship Foundation does exactly that. We appreciate all of you who generously contributed to this effort. 

The ARA Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization, promotes higher education through the awarding of scholarships based on scholastic achievement. The funds are available only to ARA members’ employee’s children for post-high school educational pursuits. Scholarships are funded through contributions from people like you, who care about the future of our children. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately $30,000 – $50,000 to over 40 deserving students.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Please consider a tax-deductible donation in any amount or a named scholarship to honor a person of your choice, with a $1,000 donation for one year. For a $10,000 donation, a permanent scholarship may be named. Contributions may be made

by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

To make your donation to the ARA Scholarship Foundation, please contact ARA Director of Member Services, Kelly Badillo at (571) 208-0428 or via email at kelly@a-r-a.org.

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