Two college undergraduates have been named the recipients of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center scholarships for 2006-07.
RVDA said that Amy Ballard, Jacksonville, Fla., and Joshua Johnson, Paynesville, Minn., will receive $2500 toward their higher education. The Newt and Joanne Kindlund family endow the scholarships.
Ballard, who attends Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Fla., where she is majoring in business administration, is employed and sponsored by Jacksonville-based Rivers Bus and RV Sales.
Johnson attends St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., and is majoring in political science and business management. His sponsor and employer is Ted’s RV Land in Paynesville.
The RV Learning Center scholarship program recognizes rising college sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students. The selection process takes into account academic achievement, a 500-word essay on goals and objectives in college, extracurricular activities and honors, RV industry involvement, and financial need.
“Joanne and I are pleased to see this year’s scholarships go to two people who are not only eminently qualified but also so much a part of our industry,” said Newt Kindlund. “The purpose of these scholarships is to help good people acquire knowledge and skills that will contribute to our industry’s prosperity and growth. We are gratified that this year’s winners fulfill that purpose.”
The Kindlunds are founders of Holiday RV Superstores, which was the first publicly traded RV dealership. After selling the company in 1999, Newt Kindlund has remained 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.