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

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 about women’s health and marginalized populations. Medicine seemed… 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 ASU I was fortunate to be a part of the Phoenix Suns… 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 Scholarship as it was $1,000 less that she needed… 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 and they are the proud parents of an eight… Read more about 2005 – Justin McConkey

2003 – Roy Boswell, Jr.

Roy Boswell, Jr., son of Roy Boswell, Airflow Products Co. Roy, Jr. graduated from Appalachian State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Marketing. Having grown up in the air filtration business and having worked for several manufacturers in various capacities, he returned home to assume a position on the operations side… Read more about 2003 – Roy Boswell, Jr.