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

2017 – Danielle Rossi

Danielle Rossi, daughter of George Rossi, General Aire Systems Danielle was one of only four high school students chosen to intern at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey. Truly a gifted student, she is driven to become a better engineer, accumulating the necessary … Read more about 2017 – Danielle Rossi

2017 – Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley, son of Angela Oakley, PFP, LLC Tyler (TJ) is kind, hard-working and driven. A huge sports fan, he is also very active in church and the youth ministry, serving as a member of the Student Senate Leadership Team for five years. He has traveled extensively on missions, and community … Read more about 2017 – Tyler Oakley

2017 – Parth Doshi

Parth Doshi, son of Dr. Jayesh Doshi, eSpin Technologies A violinist, Parth is a music lover, as well as an avid runner. He believes that music is truly a universal language, and has discovered its power through playing as a form of therapy for those who need it. Promoting arts education, Parth is … Read more about 2017 – Parth Doshi

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 scholarship … Read more about 2016 – Charlie Veeck

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 … Read more about 2016 – Grace Nikolski

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 … Read more about 2015 – Tyler Brown

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 … Read more about 2015 – Averi Fischer

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 … Read more about 2015 – Lacee Goode

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 … Read more about 2014 – Bridget Nikolski

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 … Read more about 2014 – Emily Veeck

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 … Read more about 2009 – Rachel Colvin