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

2019 – Andria Diduck

Andria Diduck, Daughter of Anne Diduck, BGE Indoor Air Quality Solutions Ltd. Major: French Andria, an aspiring teacher, is a second year student at Concordia University of Edmonton, majoring in French and minoring in math. Her educational goal was borne out of her desire to create a positive learning environment and share a love of… Read more about 2019 – Andria Diduck

2019 – Kayla Harding

Kayla Harding, Sister of Shannon Kerns, Fiber Bond Corporation Major: Civil Engineering Driving Kayla’s pursuit of a Civil Engineering degree at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was seeing the positive real-life effects that the discipline had on a relative with Cerebral Palsy, as well as an older sister who is established in the field. Of her… Read more about 2019 – Kayla Harding

2018 – Robert Wenger

Robert Wenger, Grandson of Robert Wilson, BWG Filtration, Inc. Major: Computer Engineering Penn State has long been a dream for Robert, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Robert joined the Boy Scouts of America at age 11 and has steadily advanced through the ranks, achieving the position of Eagle Scout. Throughout his… Read more about 2018 – Robert Wenger

2018 – Alexis Fintland

Alexis Fintland, Daughter of John Fintland, Advanced Filtration Concepts, Inc. Major: Industrial & Labor Relations Alexis credits her interest in public policy to her decision to enroll in American Politics at Georgetown University. Since then, her interest in United States government has only increased, leading to her first job as a poll worker in 2016.… Read more about 2018 – Alexis Fintland

2018 – Kelsey Brown

Kelsey Brown, Daughter of Joe and Tammy Brown, Filter Service of St. Louis Major: Nursing Kelsey, an incoming freshman at Central Methodist University has cared for children throughout high school. Opportunities to work with children with special medical needs has led her to the medical profession. She has worked with animals, as a camp counselor… Read more about 2018 – Kelsey Brown