The National Independent Automobile Dealer Association Foundation’s 2016 scholarship recipients were announced during the National Leadership Awards Banquet at the 70th Annual NIADA Convention and Expo.
Each year the NIADA Foundation sponsors students across the nation. Four of the students selected represent each of the association’s regions, and the NIADA, along with NextGear Capital, provide a $3,500 scholarship to these winning individuals for any college or university of his or her choice.
The NIADA and NextGear Capital also provide a second award, given to a student currently enrolled at Northwood University and pursuing an education in an automotive-related field.
Tori Mason, a sophomore at Northwood University in Midland, Mich., was awarded the top honor, the national scholarship in the amount of $10,000.
Recipients for the regional scholarships in the amount of $3,500 were Brendan Bozyk of Brighton, Mich., (Region I), Tyler Riley of Indialantic, Fla., (Region II), Marci Ricklick of Lakeville, Minn., (Region III) and Mark Beshoar of Montrose, Colo., (Region IV).
Randy Dohse, senior vice president at NextGear Capital, represented the sponsoring company, providing opening remarks and assisting with the distribution of awards. Following the National Leadership Awards Banquet, Dohse said, “At NextGear Capital, we are committed to continuing education for both our team members and our clients. Partnering with the NIADA Foundation for these scholarships aligns with our core values, and we are proud to be here tonight.”