IEDA Awards Student Tech Scholarships

May 3, 2024
Independent dealers aim to fill the tech pipeline.

The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) has awarded $5,000 scholarships to three students enrolled in three different post-secondary heavy equipment repair programs this spring.

This year’s recipients are Joseph Briseno at Texas State Technical College in Waco; Sam Horstman at Western Technical College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and Caleb Tripp at Southeastern Illinois College–Diesel Technology in Harrisburg. These students were selected from 27 applicants by a team of IEDA member dealers.

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"Our mission is to support independent used equipment dealers and companies worldwide by providing resources, education, and fostering ethical business practices," said David Gordon, IEDA executive director. "We all need technicians in this industry. Offering scholarships to deserving students is our way of giving back as an association and supporting the future of the industry.”

With a focus on education and mentorship, IEDA aims to bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world industry experience. Scholarship applications open each year around September.

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Frank Raczon

Raczon’s writing career spans nearly 25 years, including magazine publishing and public relations work with some of the industry’s major equipment manufacturers. He has won numerous awards in his career, including nods from the Construction Writers Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and BtoB magazine. He is responsible for the magazine's Buying Files.