James Malcolm, a college junior who’s been employed for three years at Coplen’s Coleman Camper Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., is the recipient of the Mike Molino RV Learning Center Scholarship for academic year 2015-16.
Endowed through the Kindlund Family Foundation, the $2,500 award goes to a deserving RV company employee or their dependent enrolled in undergraduate studies.
Malcolm attends Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne where he studies mechanical engineering. He hopes to put his education to work in the field of trailer engineering.
“Seeing all of the complexities of RVs fuels my creative interests the same way engineering does,” Malcolm said in his application essay. “Putting the two together would be one of the best futures I could hope for.”
The RV Learning Center Scholarship Program recognizes deserving rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Applicants are judged on current RV industry involvement or plan for employment in the industry upon graduation, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and honors, financial need, and a 500-word essay on their goals and objectives in college. The program has awarded $62,500 to 25 students since its inception in 2000.
“James really embodies the very type of student that we want to help,” said Newt Kindlund, whose family endowed the scholarship. “Hopefully, our industry will benefit from his skills in the future when he graduates.”
The Kindlund family, which endowed the scholarship program with $270,000, remains active in the RV industry even after selling its corporation, Holiday RV Superstores, in 1999. Newt Kindlund serves on the RV Learning Center Board of Directors.