ARA Awards $88,500 in Scholarhips

May 23, 2016

 

The ARA Foundation and its affiliate programs offer trade/technical/vocational, undergraduate and graduate scholarships to help students pursue their dreams. The largest amount of scholarship funds — $88,500 — ever offered by the ARA Foundation and its affiliate programs has been awarded to students for the 2016-2017 school year.

“It is a true honor to award deserving students, who want to build careers in the equipment rental industry, with these scholarships,” says Jenni Swanson, ARA Foundation director of development. “Thanks to the commitment of the ARA Foundation board of trustees, we are able to offer students from across the United States and Canada even greater assistance this year. That speaks volumes about what these scholarships mean to not only students but also the entire industry.”

The top recipient is Michael Viramontes, who received the Leonard Hawk Founders Scholarship worth $5,000 and an ARA of California Scholarship worth $1,000 for a total of $6,000. Viramontes’ family owns Expo Party Rentals in Fresno, Calif. He also works at Diamond Rental’s Orem, Utah, location while attending Brigham Young University in Provo.

Other recipients and the scholarships they were awarded are:  

ARA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships worth $3,000 each  

  • Grayson Christopher, Christopher Equipment, Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • Samantha Clifton, Central Equipment Rental, Ellensburg, Wash.
  • William Edwards, Kit-Mo Rental & Supply Co., Paducah, Ky. 
  • Monica Haines, Canton Chair Rental, Canton, Ohio
  • John Hamilton, O’Leary’s Contractors Equipment & Supply Co., Chicago
  • Matthew Osier, Aspen Rent-All, Basalt, Colo.
  • Jordan Price, JBK Hardware, Chestertown, Md.
  • Mitchell Stephanson, Aquaventronics/The Brothers Grimm Games, Grande Pointe, Manitoba, Canada
  • Amanda Tracy, Fred’s Tents and Canopies, Waterford, N.Y. 
  • Jared Vaile, Rental Works, Arlington, Va.   

ARA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships worth $2,000 each  

  • Kaci Hart, Bootheel Parts & Equipment Rentals, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Samuel Johnson, Action Equipment Rentals, Sundre, Alberta, Canada
  • Kayla Kniep, Morton Rentals, Morton, Ill.
  • Tyler Reim, Redtail Equipment Rental, College Station, Texas  

ARA Foundation Trade/Technical/Vocational Scholarships worth $1,500 each 

  • Nicholas Arnold, American Tool and Party Rental, Kokomo, Ind. 
  • Alexander Hazlett, A & B Tool Rentals, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Shelden Ladoski, Warner Rentals, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • Scott Lutz, Best Rental, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Diego Villa, American Party Place, Tacoma, Wash.     

ARA Foundation Graduate Scholarships worth $2,500 each   

  • William Elkins, Game Day Tents and Special Events, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • James Masison, Special Occasion Rentals, Mansfield, Mass. 

ARA Insurance Scholarship worth $3,500  

  • Matthew Osier, Aspen Rent-All, Basalt, Colo., who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $6,500 

ARA of Alabama Scholarship worth $1,000

  • Ethan Thomas, Robin Rents Equipment, Madison, Ala. 

ARA of California Scholarships worth $1,000 each 

  • Ryan Murray, American Rentals, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Leah Thibodeau, Celebrations! Party Rentals and Tents, Roseville, Calif.

ARA of Illinois Scholarships worth $1,000 each

  • John Hamilton, O’Leary’s Contractors Equipment & Supply Co., Chicago, who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $4,000
  • Kayla Kniep, Morton Rentals, Morton, Ill., who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $3,000
  • Nicholas Yonce, Champaign County Tent & Awning, Urbana, Ill. 

ARA of Michigan Scholarships worth $1,000 each

  • Jacob Garbarino, Contractors Rental Corp., Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Tess Phaneuf, Uncle Buck’s Party Rental, West Bloomfield, Mich.

ARA of New York Scholarships worth $1,250 each

  • Dana Mansbart, ABLE Equipment Rental, Deer Park, N.Y.
  • Amanda Tracy, Fred’s Tents & Canopies, Waterford, N.Y., who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $4,250 

ARA of North Carolina Scholarship worth $1,000

  • Whitney Price, Valley Rental Center, Lenoir, N.C. 

ARA of Ohio Scholarships worth $750 each 

  • Frank Boccabella, Taylor Rental, Avon, Ohio
  • Dominick Cherubini, Lasting Impressions Event Rentals, Columbus, Ohio
  • Tyler Fike, Let’s Entertain, Cleveland 
  • Emily Fromhold, Schulhoff Tool Rental, Cincinnati
  • Monica Haines, Canton Chair Rental, Canton, Ohio, who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $3,750
  • Kathryn Hartwig, Aladdin Rents, Eastlake, Ohio

ARA Region 10/Dorothy Wellnitz Scholarship awarded by the Canadian Rental Association worth US$1,500

  • Samuel Johnson, Action Equipment Rentals, Sundre, Alberta, Canada, who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of US$3,500

ARA Region 10/Doug Mitchell Scholarship awarded by the Canadian Rental Association worth US$1,500

  • Mitchell Stephanson, Aquaventronics/The Brothers Grimm Games, Grande Pointe, Manitoba, Canada, who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of US$4,500

ARA Region Two/Ron Marshall Scholarships worth $750 each

  • Jordan Price, JBK Hardware, Chestertown, Md., who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $3,750
  • Jared Vaile, Rental Works, Arlington, Va., who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $3,750

ARA of Tennessee Scholarship worth $1,000 

  • Grayson Christopher, Christopher Equipment, Tullahoma, Tenn., who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $4,000

Bill Loomer Houston Rental Association Scholarship worth $2,000

  • Tyler Reim, Redtail Equipment Rental, College Station, Texas, who also received an ARA Foundation undergraduate scholarship for a total of $4,000

Texas Rental Association Scholarships worth $1,000 each

  • Orlando Berryman, Nationwide General Rental Center, Amarillo, Texas
  • Mason Clark, Class A Rentals & Sales, Fredericksburg, Texas
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