Michael Pawley

Michael Pawley

A University of Florida scholar interested in developing lightweight materials for RVs has been named the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center Scholarship recipient for 2009-2010.

The winner is Michael Pawley of Gainesville, Fla.

Pawley received a $2,500 scholarship through the RV Learning Center Scholarship Program, which is endowed through The Kindlund Family Foundation.

Pawley is a Beckham Scholar at the U of F, majoring in chemistry with a minor in business administration. Pawley’s career plans include developing lightweight materials and energy systems that would be applicable for use in the RV industry. Pawley’s sponsor is North Trails RV Center in Fort Myers, Fla.

“Through his interest in new technology, Michael exhibits the kind of initiative and focus that we are pleased to support through the RV Learning Center Scholarship Program,” said Newt Kindlund. The Kindlunds founded Holiday RV Superstores, which was the first publicly traded RV dealership. Even after selling their corporation in 1999, the Kindlunds remain active in the RV industry. Newt Kindlund currently serves on the board of directors of the RVDA Education Foundation. The Kindlund Family Foundation donated $270,000 to the RVDA Education Foundation for the scholarship endowment.

The RV Learning Center Scholarship Program recognizes deserving rising college sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students. The selection process uses the following criteria: academic achievement, a 500-word essay on goals and objectives in college, extracurricular activities and honors, RV industry involvement, and financial need. Since its inception in 2000, the program has awarded $45,000 in scholarship funds to 14 deserving recipients.

Those interested in applying for the 2010–2011 RV Learning Center scholarship can download an application at www.rvlearningcenter.com starting in January.

For more information on the RV Learning Center, visit www.rvlearningcenter.com or send an e-mail to [email protected]. The RVDA Education Foundation is a tax-exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions may be tax deductible as charitable donations.