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 – 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

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 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 semester to become… 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 his or her everything with no excuses,”… Read more about 2014 – Bridget Nikolski