NAFA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Best and the Brightest

Each year over the last 20 years, NAFA has provided an opportunity for two (now three as of 2015) young people from the NAFA family – all members of NAFA companies – to receive financial scholarships from the NAFA Foundation. These scholarships are based on grades and a written essay about what they have accomplished and what they hope to achieve. Having read through many essays, I must say the decision to narrow to just two is always a difficult one because all of the essays represent the best and brightest of our young people.

The NAFA Scholarship golf tournament held each year at our annual conference and co-chaired by my friend Jeff Holt and me, always brings together a third of our membership, some really good golfers and some…well, let’s just say they receive (as Jeff Holt affectionately calls it) the “Tommy Ryan Golf Award.” The Overall purpose of the tournament is fun, fellowship, and funding the NAFA Foundation which disperses three $1,000.00 scholarships yearly.

We thought it might be of interest to our Members to take a look back at a few of the recipients of the scholarships and see where they went and what they are doing now. And before you read, just a little reminder that you can be a part of all of these scholarship success stories by making a tax-deductible contribution to the NAFA Foundation.

Thomas Ryan, CAFS
Ryan Filter Sales, Inc.
NAFA Foundation Chair

2016 – Charlie Veeck

Charlie Veeck, grandson of Al Veeck, MVA, Inc. Charlie is the second of his four siblings to head off to college and wants to work in the field of chemistry to help solve the energy crisis. Charlie has saved money since a young age in order to pursue a college education. He will use the … Read More

2016 – Grace Nikolski

Grace Nikolski, daughter of Katie Nikolski, Crawford Filtration Grace, an early riser, often awake before friends and family, dedicates her mornings to the swim team. She never accepts failure as an option and has learned to be a leader to others and put the needs of teammates before her own. She is a Red Cross … Read More

2016 – Ashley Brianne Hollinger

Ashley Brianne Hollinger, daughter of Tanya Melson, Quality Filters, Inc. Ashley has participated in leadership clubs, volunteered and has worked in the pursuit of attaining a college education in nursing at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She is excited about her future and feels the NAFA Scholarship will help her in her goal of … Read More

2015 – Tyler Brown

Mr. Tyler Brown, son of Joe and Tammy Brown, Filter Service of St. Louis Tyler is planning on attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. He wants to major in Business with an emphasis in entrepreneurial studies. Last year, Tyler joined DECA and received 2nd Place at the state level in the category “Growing … Read More

2015 – Averi Fischer

Ms. Averi Fischer, daughter of Randall Fischer, Carpenter CO The NAFA Scholarship will be used to pay for Averi’s tuition at Texas A&M University, College of Public Health. Averi has excelled in academics, athletics, and most importantly, volunteering. Averi has chosen to major in Public Health and has plans to become a doctor to help … Read More

2015 – Lacee Goode

Ms. Lacee Goode, daughter of Jaqutta Singleton, The Filter Man, Ltd. As far back as she can remember, Lacee has had a passion for helping others. She translated that passion in working as an Emergency Room Nurse Tech and Lab Tech. But wanting to contribute more, she is finishing up her last semester to become … Read More

2014 – Bridget Nikolski

Bridget Nikolski, daughter of Katie Nikolski, Crawford Filtration Bridget is pursuing a degree in Business Management. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Bridget will take her philosophy of “a successful person is not necessarily one who wins everything, but one who gives it his or her everything with no excuses,” … Read More

2014 – Emily Veeck

Emily Veeck, granddaughter of Al Veeck, MVA, Inc. Emily will be attending the The College of William & Mary; her major is Neuroscience with a minor in Business. She looks forward to her future after college and ”remembering everyday to be grateful for that which the National Air Filtration Association provided…and look[s] forward to rewarding … Read More

2009 – Rachel Colvin

Rachel Colvin, daughter of Johnn Colvin, Cameron Great Lakes After graduating high school in 2009, Rachel moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of working with special needs children. She is currently finishing her last year at Arizona State University earning an Interdisciplinary degree in Speech and Hearing Science paired with Health Innovations. Once she … Read More

2009 – Kevin McConkey

Kevin McConkey, son of Craig McConkey, Filtration Group, Inc. Kevin graduated Cum Laude from the University of Illinois – Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2012. While at the University of Illinois, Kevin was president of the Illinois Red Cross, on the executive board of the American Medical Student Association, … Read More

2008 – Sara Senkbeil

Sara Senkbeil, daughter of Paul Senkbeil, Filters For Industry, Inc. With NAFA’s support, I went on to obtain my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology in 2009 and 2012, respectively. After finishing my thesis, I joined the team at Filters For Industry in March of 2012 where I continue to work in inside sales as … Read More

2008 – Shea Soma

Shea Soma, son of Richard Soma, Filtration Group, Inc. Following his internship in 2007 with Filtration Group in Chicago, Shea spent the summer of 2008 with Filtrair in the Netherlands conducting Market Research prior to finishing his degree at the University of Tennessee in 2010, a double major in International Marketing and German Language and … Read More

2007 – Nina Lam

Nina Lam, daughter of Hoang Lam, B.G.E. Service & Supply I am currently in my second year of medical school at the University of Alberta. Though I originally graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, I realized through my various extracurricular activities that I was intensely passionate about women’s health and marginalized populations. Medicine seemed … Read More

2006 – Christine Solis

Christine Solis, daughter of Jim Solis, Smith Filter Corporation Receiving the 2006 NAFA scholarship helped me pursue my dreams in college; I was able to graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on communication and journalism. While attending ASU I was fortunate to be a part of the Phoenix Suns … Read More

2005 – Lindsey O’Hara

Lindsey O’Hara, daughter of Joseph O’Hara, Edco Sales, Inc. Lindsey graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and is teaching Global Studies at a high school in the area. She also coaches girls basketball and is finishing her Masters Degree in Education. Lindsey appreciated the NAFA Scholarship as it was $1,000 less that she needed … Read More

2005 – Justin McConkey

Justin McConkey, son of Craig McConkey, Filtration Group, Inc. Justin graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He also earned a Master’s degree in Accounting from Northern in 2010. He became a CPA in 2011. Justin married Jennifer in 2010 and they are the proud parents of an eight … Read More

2003 – Roy Boswell, Jr.

Roy Boswell, Jr., son of Roy Boswell, Airflow Products Co. Roy, Jr. graduated from Appalachian State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Marketing. Having grown up in the air filtration business and having worked for several manufacturers in various capacities, he returned home to assume a position on the operations side … Read More

2003 – Andrew Justice

2003 – Andrew Justice, son of Tom Justice, Zene, LLC Andrew Justice received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The University of Richmond (Richmond, VA) in 2006. He pursued a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts (MLA) with a focus in romantic literature with a thesis on William Wordsworth and the paradigm shift … Read More

1992 – Alan C. Veeck, Jr.

Alan C. Veeck, Jr., son of Alan Veeck, formerly with Tidewater Air Filter Fabrication Alan graduated from the College of William & Mary, where he found both a degree in chemistry and his future wife, Michelle. He obtained a PhD in chemistry from The University of California, Berkeley, and then promptly left chemistry for a … Read More