The ARA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote education through the awarding of scholarships. Monies are available to ARA members' employee's children for post-high school educational pursuits.These scholarships are funded through contributions from people like you who care about the future of our children as well as money raised at events.
Each year many generous contributors help the Foundation achieve its goals. The funds help even more students achieve their dream–gaining a college education. We appreciate all of you who generously contributed to this effort. Donations and fundraising derive money for the foundation.
Now, how can you help? Why not send a donation today (see the form at the end of this article), contribute the next time you attend an ARA event, or participate in an ARA fundraiser. You can even sponsor a named scholarship! Those wanting to make a donation of $1,000.00 at one time may name a scholarship for one year. For $10,000.00 a permanent scholarship may be named. A donor may name such scholarships in honor or memory of anyone of his or her choice. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.
Also the deadline to apply for a scholarship for the next academic year is drawing near. Eligible applicants, those who must be a child of an employee of a direct ARA member company, need to apply for the scholarship funds by completing a scholarship application and sending to ARA by March 15, 2011. The awards are made based on scholastic achievement.
Download an application here or contact Kelly Badillo directly at (571) 208-0428 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application by mail or e-mail.
Make it your goal to help the children of automotive recycling families gain the valuable education they desire. They are our future.
To see the full list of scholarship recipients, see pages 45-49 of the full issue:
Scholarship Foundation News
NEW NAMED SCHOLARSHIP STILL NEEDS FUNDS
A named scholarship in honor of Sandy Andersen is half-way there with funding at $5,200. It needs to reach $10,000 to become permanent. Mrs. Andersen passed away in November 2010. She was the wife of Kennie Andersen, ARA Past President and owner of Andersen’s Sales & Salvage, Inc., Greeley, Colorado. Mrs. Andersen was a great supporter of the ARA and will be missed. You can honor her memory with a gift to the Sandy Andersen Memorial Fund. Please send a check to ARA Scholarship Foundation, 9113 Church Street, Manassas, VA 20110-5456. Write Sandy Andersen in the check memo, or complete the form on page 49 to contribute with a credit card.
FOUNDATION LOWERS RETURNING STUDENT G.P.A.
During the 2010 ARA Annual Convention & Exposition, the ARA Scholarship Foundation board elected to lower the Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) for returning scholarship recipients, from 3.00 to 2.75, to enable them to continue to receive the funds. The feeling was that the first year of college is often difficult, and the board wanted to give students every opportunity to qualify but still maintain a high standard for the G.P.A.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2011/2012
Now, more than ever, parents can use a helping hand with post-high school educational expenses. The ARA Scholarship Foundation is here to help. A limited number of scholarships are available for children of recycler member employees. The application is available at www.a-r-a.org. These scholarships may be used for post high school education. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2011 to be eligible for a scholarship in the 2011-12 school year. The qualifications have been slightly modified, so read the application carefully.
NEXT SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER SET FOR 2012
If you are waiting to contribute to the fund by participating in the fundraiser, your next opportunity will be at the ARA Convention in 2012. That’s a long way away, so please consider a donation to the fund today!