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Investing in THE FUTURE

Providing scholarships to the student members of automotive recycling families helps them realize their dreams of higher education. This is a real return on investment for their future –and ours.

Scholarship Application Deadline is March 15, 2019.
Download an application from ARA’s website at or
contact Kelly Badillo directly at (571) 208-0428 Ext. 2 or to
receive an application by mail or e-mail.

The ARA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. provides a rare opportunity to give something from your business that can directly reward your employee, and his or her family. At the same time, you contribute to the growth and development of our youth. Your support of the ARA Scholarship Foundation does exactly that.
The ARA Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote education through the awarding of scholarships based on scholastic achievement. The funds are available only to ARA members’ employee’s children for post-high school educational pursuits. Scholarships are funded through contributions from people like you, who care about the future of our children. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately $30,000 – $50,000 to deserving students. We appreciate all of you who generously contributed to this effort.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation in any amount or a named scholarship to honor a person of your choice, with a $1,000 donation for one year. For a $10,000 donation, a permanent scholarship may be named. Contributions may be made by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express.

To make your donation to the ARA Scholarship Foundation, please contact ARA Director of Member Services, Kelly Badillo at (571) 208-0428 or via email at

Academic Year 2018-19

Elvis Muntz Memorial Scholarship
Hannah Andrade
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Member: Everetts Auto Parts, Brockton, MA
Parent: Thomas Andrade

John Anspach Memorial Scholarship
Kody Asquith
Hannibal-LaGrange University, Hannibal, MO
Member: Yancey Auto Salvage, Perry, MO
Parent: Tim Asquith

Dick & Dorothy Merrell Memorial Scholarship
Michaela Banta
Kent State University – Stark, North Canton, OH
Member: Bessler Auto Parts, Canton, OH
Parent: Michael Banta

Steve Waterbury Memorial Scholarship
Caitlin Bartz
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Member: Kramer’s Auto Parts & Iron Co, Grand Island, NE
Parent: Timothy Bartz

Frank Nicastri Memorial Scholarship
Jaden Braaten
University of South Dakota, Vermillian, SD
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Garretson, SD
Parent: Tim Braaten

Ashley Geiger Memorial Scholarship
Beth Bruggerman
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: James Bruggeman

Region IV Arizona & New Mexico Scholarship
Alyssa Buettner
Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, OH
Member: LKQ/Keystone Corp, Maple Heights, OH
Parent: David Buettner

Claude A. Miller, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Gabriel Caris
Defiance College, Defiance, OH
Member: Cooks Auto Parts DBA Westwood Auto Parts, Toledo, OH
Parent: Julie Caris

EZ Crusher Scholarship
Grant Fidler
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Member: Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling , Des Moines, IA
Parent: Susan Fidler

Al-Jon Scholarship
Isabelle Fidler
Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA
Member: Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling, Des Moines, IA
Parent: Susan Fidler

Linda Pitman Honorial Scholarship
Jenna Loch
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN
Member: French Lake Auto Parts, Annandale, MN
Parent: Steve Nolan

Ken Vonhof Memorial Scholarship
Andres Mendoza
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: Ricardo Garza Scholarship
Moriah Flanagan
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: John Flanagan

Sandy Andersen Memorial Scholarship
Lissette Garza
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: Ricardo Garza

Edythe Cleland Memorial Scholarship
Alysha Gullion
Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
Member: Miller’s Auto Recycling, Fort Erie, ON Canada
Parent: Randy Gullion

Billy Standridge Memorial Scholarship
Jayde Halverson
University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: Craig Halverson

Brandy Mason Memorial Scholarship
Skylar Halverson
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: Craig Halverston

Wanda Lindeman Memorial Scholarship
Jonathan Murrin
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Member: Bessler Import Auto Sales, Wilder, KY
Parent: Thomas Murrin

Virginia Whelan Honorial Scholarship
Abigail Hymes
University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH
Member: LKQ Triplett ASAP, Inc., Akron, OH
Parent: Kristen Hymes

GM Veneklasen Memorial Scholarship
Jillian Lawson
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Member: LKQ Auto Parts, Chicago, IL
Parent: Sean Lawson

David Autry Memorial Scholarship
Benjamin Murrin
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Member: Bessler Auto Parts, Wilder, KY
Parent: Mary Murrin

Nancy Hall Memorial Scholarship
Seth Pirnik
University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Member: P & C Auto Recyclers, Inc., Tracy, CA
Parent: Tammy Pirnik

Kenny Hubbard Honorial Scholarship
Andrea Post
Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN
Member: LKQ Corporation, Chicago, IL
Parent: Jeffrey Post

Mark T. Spears Honorial Scholarship
Lauren Post
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Member: LKQ Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
Parent: Jeffrey Post

Mark Buessing Memorial Scholarship
Katie Robinson
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Member: American Auto Recycling, Gilbert, AZ
Parent: Joe Robinson

Susan Weaver Memorial Scholarship
John O’Laughlin
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO
Member: JC Auto and Truck Parts, Monroe City, MO
Parent: Randy O’Laughlin

Fay Orcutt Memorial Scholarship
Jillian Panko
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Member: Vander Haag’s Inc, Des Moines, IA
Parent: Matt Panko

Bob Phelps Memorial Scholarship
Garrett Pinneo
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE
Member: Kosiski Auto Parts, Omaha, NE
Parent: Gary Pinneo

Jan Sorenson Memorial Scholarship
Callie Roush
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Member: Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling, Des Moines, IA
Parent: Wendi Roush

Richard J. Cassidy Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Smith
Washburn University, Topeka, KS
Member: LKQ-Mid America Auto Parts, Topeka, KS
Parent: Earl Smith

Joseph Altfater Memorial Scholarship
Trevor Soyk
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Member: LKQ Corp, Hustisford, WI
Parent: Gary Soyk

Mary Buessing & Rose Kelly Memorial Scholarship
Sean Stanek
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Member: Motor Pro dba American Auto Recycling, Gilbert, AZ
Parent: Jocelyn Stanek

Norman Dulaney Memorial Scholarship
Abigail Steinbeck
Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Member: Stoystown Auto Wreckers, Stoystown, PA
Parent: James Steinbeck

Harry M. Weller Memorial Scholarship
Brittany Tacchio
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Member: LKQ – Tripplett, Akron, OH
Parent: Teri Liggett

Sol & Lin Toder Honorial Scholarship
Clayton Shuffelbottom
Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Member: Chuck’s Auto Salvage, Douglassville, PA
Parent: Thomas Shuffelbottom

LKQ Corp. Scholarship
Amber Soyk
Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
Member: LKQ Smart Parts, Hustisford, WI
Parent: Gary Soyk

Randy Reitman Memorial Scholarship
Hailey Steffes
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: Benji Steffes

Bo Wroten Honorial Scholarship
William Tadych
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Member: French Lake Auto Parts, Inc, Annandale, MN
Parent: Ryan Tadych

Donald E. & Bernice L. Beagell Memorial Scholarship
Jenni Uplinger
Cazenovia College, Cazenovia College, NY
Member: Dons Automotive Mall, Binghamton, NY
Parent: Stephen Uplinger

Katie & Alex Lieberman Family Memorial Scholarship
Dylan VanDam
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN
Member: Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc., Garretson, SD
Parent: Douglas VanDam

Norman Dulaney Honorial Scholarship
Mariah Vaillancourt
Blinn College, Brenham, TX
Member: Snyder’s Recycled Auto & Truck, Holland, TX
Parent: Christopher Vaillancourt

Don Cowell Honorial Scholarship
Logan Williams
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Member: Fenix Parts, Inc., Westchester, IL
Parent: Kevin Williams