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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center has awarded two college students with $2,500 scholarships for the 2005-2006 year.
This year’s recipients are Jenna Berry of Paynesville, Minn., and Kasey Lynae McHone of King, N.C. RVDA said the scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of Newt and Joanne Kindlund, founders of Holiday RV Superstores.
Currently, Berry attends St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where she is a psychology major with an interest in human resources and training. She is sponsored by PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud.
McHone, sponsored by Bill Plemmons RV World, in Rural Hall, N.C., is attending Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., and is majoring in communication arts. She also works at the dealership.
“I am pleased that we are able to recognize these two students’ outstanding commitment to learning with the RV Learning Center Scholarship,” said Newt Kindlund. “Joanne and I wish them the best as they work to achieve their career goals.”
The Kindlunds sold the dealership in 1999, but Newt Kindlund remains an active participant in RV industry affairs and currently serves on the RVDA Education Foundation board of directors. The Kindlund family, to date, has pledged $270,000 to the foundation’s scholarship endowment.
The RVDA Education Foundation scholarship program recognizes deserving rising college sophomores, juniors, and senior undergraduate students. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, a 500-word essay on their goals and objectives in college, extracurricular activities and honors and financial need.