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 – 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 part of… 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… 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 is a Red Cross… Read more about 2016 – Grace Nikolski

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 about 2016 – Ashley Brianne Hollinger

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 about 2015 – Tyler Brown