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ARA Foundation awards $127,500 in scholarships to industry students

By Brock Huffstutler

May 26, 2024

A total of $127,500 in scholarship funds has been awarded to 48 students by the ARA Foundation and its affiliate programs for the 2024-2025 school year.

The scholarships will provide financial assistance to students pursuing equipment and event rental-related education at trade schools, community colleges, undergraduate colleges and graduate schools.

The recipients and the scholarships they were awarded are:

Leonard Hawk Founders Scholarship worth $5,000 
Rachel Hill, A Classic Party Rental, Indianapolis

Fred Dupy Memorial Scholarship worth $4,000 
Christopher Jordan, Leppo, Girard, Ohio

ARA Insurance Scholarship worth $4,000 
Megan Geho, Elite Events and Rentals, Tampa, Fla.

ARA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships worth $3,500 each 
Megan Geho, Elite Events and Rentals, Tampa, Fla.
Nathan Bennett, St. Peters Hardware & Rental, Alton, Ill.
Joshua Clawson, Diamond Event and Tent, Salt Lake City
Brody Stumph, Elite Events, Edwardsville, Ill.
Avery Negangard, Negangard Party Rentals, Osgood, Ind.
Lillian Norris, Bluffton Rentco, Bluffton, Ind.
Jaylen Magby, Rent the Occasion, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Rafael Alvarez Jr., First Place Rental, Oswego, Ill.
Brett Stanley, Event Source, Cleveland
Zachary Clawson, Diamond Event and Tent, Salt Lake City

ARA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships worth $1,000 each 
Josiah Bruggink, Bruggink’s, Sheboygan, Wis.
Nataly Zimbal, Bruggink’s, Sheboygan, Wis.
Joshua Martindale, Arapahoe Rental/Front Range Event Rentals, Fort Collins, Colo.
Andrew Norton, Stanwood Camano Tool & Equipment Rental, Stanwood, Wash.
Kennedy Stockton, Stockton Rental Co., Sheridan, Ark.
Logan Hedges, Miller’s Equipment & Rent-All, Edmonds, Wash.
Emily Rocke, Create A Scene Events, Morton, Ill.
Abby Stockton, Stockton Rental Co., Sheridan, Ark.
Kayla Stanton, Northeast Equipment Connections, Selkirk, N.Y.
Carlin Reyen, InTENTional Systems (formerly Eureka! The Tent Co.), Binghamton, N.Y.
Tyler Van Es, Gierke Robinson Co., Davenport, Iowa
Tyler Stoflet, Red Door Party Rentals, Kennewick, Wash.
Luke Kandel, Hartville Hardware, Hartville, Ohio
Jonah Yingling, Capitol Rentals and Sales, Carlisle, Pa.
Carson Barnstable, Pioneer Offroad Rentals, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Tayte Lecy, Oakmont Capital Services, Albany, Minn.
Kurt Kaufmann, Fun Services, Bellevue, Mich.
Manuel Barragan, Anthony Party Rentals, Norristown, Pa.
John Koeppen, Northwest Indiana Tents and Events, Valparaiso, Ind.
Mason McCready, 1899 Rentals, Carson, Iowa

ARA Foundation Trade School Scholarship worth $2,000 
Keegan Brunnert, Advanced Rental and Service, Moscow Mills, Mo.

ARA Foundation Graduate Scholarships worth $3,000 each 
Daniel Groves, Canton Chair Rental, Canton, Ohio
Jessica Talavera, Orbit Event Rentals, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

ARA Student Member Scholarships worth $2,000 each 
Mason Sater, Encore Event Rentals, Shreveport, La.
Tyler Kleinsasser, Silverdale, Wash.
Madison Schott, Arentco Rentals, Lewisville, Texas
Luca Fiore, Sunbelt Rentals, Cleveland

ARA of Arkansas Scholarships worth $2,500 each 
Kennedy Stockton, Stockton Rental Co., Sheridan, Ark.
Abby Stockton, Stockton Rental Co., Sheridan, Ark.

ARA of California Scholarships worth $1,500 each 
Jessica Talavera, Orbit Event Rentals, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Samantha Ainlay, A Tool Shed, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Gabriel Hughes, Hometown Rentals, San Dimas, Calif.

ARA of Florida Scholarships worth $1,000 each 
Megan Geho, Elite Events and Rentals, Tampa, Fla.
Ryan Wechsler, Atlas Event Rental, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Harper Throop, Moore’s True Value Hardware, Loxahatchee, Fla.

ARA of Georgia Scholarship worth $2,000 
Jaylen Magby, Rent the Occasion, Lawrenceville, Ga.

ARA of Illinois Scholarships worth $1,000 each 
Nathan Bennett, St. Peters Hardware & Rental, Alton, Ill.
Brody Stumph, Elite Events, Edwardsville, Ill.
Rafael Alvarez Jr., First Place Rental, Oswego, Ill.

ARA of Indiana Scholarships worth $1,000 each 
Rachel Hill, A Classic Party Rental, Indianapolis
Avery Negangard, Negangard Party Rentals, Osgood, Ind.
Lillian Norris, Bluffton Rentco, Bluffton, Ind.
John Koeppen, Northwest Indiana Tents and Events, Valparaiso, Ind.

ARA of Kentucky Scholarship worth $1,000 
Ashley Sams, Goff Tents & Events, Nicholasville, Ky.

ARA of Michigan Scholarships worth $1,000 each 
Kurt Kaufmann, Fun Services, Bellevue, Mich.
Mason Booms, Booms Rent-All, Bad Axe, Mich.

ARA of Minnesota Scholarship worth $1,000 
Tayte Lecy, Oakmont Capital Services, Albany, Minn.

ARA of New York Scholarships worth $1,500 each 
Kayla Stanton, Northeast Equipment Connections, Selkirk, N.Y.
Carlin Reyen, InTENTional Systems (formerly Eureka! The Tent Co.), Binghamton, N.Y.

ARA of North Carolina Scholarship worth $1,000 
Bert Waddington, Metro Rental, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

ARA of Ohio Scholarships worth $1,000 each 
Christopher Jordan, Leppo, Girard, Ohio
Brett Stanley, Event Source, Cleveland
Luke Kandel, Hartville Hardware, Hartville, Ohio
Sabrina Brueneman, Handy Tool Rental, West Chester, Ohio

ARA of Tennessee Scholarship worth $1,000 
Emma Hatcher, Sunbelt Rentals, Blountsville, Tenn.

Texas Rental Association/Bill Loomer Houston Area Rental Association Scholarship worth $3,000 
Madison Schott, Arentco Rentals, Lewisville, Texas

ARA of Washington Scholarship worth $1,000 
Andrew Norton, Stanwood Camano Tool & Equipment Rental, Stanwood, Wash.

ARA of Wisconsin Scholarships worth $1,000 each 
Josiah Bruggink, Bruggink’s, Sheboygan, Wis.
Nataly Zimbal, Bruggink’s, Sheboygan, Wis.

ARA Region Two Ron Marshall Scholarships worth $750 each 
Jonah Yingling, Capitol Rentals and Sales, Carlisle, Pa.
Manuel Barragan, Anthony Party Rentals, Norristown, Pa.

ARA Region 10 Dorothy Wellnitz Scholarship worth US$1,500 
Carson Barnstable, Pioneer Offroad Rentals, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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