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

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

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 … Read more about 2009 – Kevin McConkey

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 … Read more about 2008 – Sara Senkbeil

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 … Read more about 2008 – Shea Soma

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 … Read more about 2007 – Nina Lam

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 … Read more about 2006 – Christine Solis

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 … Read more about 2005 – Lindsey O’Hara

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 … Read more about 2005 – Justin McConkey