In 2014, Daniel Dumont of Harvest, Alabama, is the winner of the Dale McCaskill, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. At the time he received his scholarship, Daniel was a business major entering his senior year at Auburn University. Since June of 2009, Daniel has worked part-time at WSA Member sweeping contractor, PowerVac Services while going to school. You see Daniel being presented a ‘big check’ to represent the scholarship by Claudia Passero, a principal with PowerVac Services.
In addition to Daniel’s strong work ethic and honor roll history, Daniel has built a strong track record with volunteerism in his local community. Daniel hopes to someday operate his own sweeping or other type of company. Since PowerVac Services is a WSA Member company, Daniel Dumont’s scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.
The winner of the Carl J. Austin Memorial Scholarship is Nicolas (Nick) Caffizzi of Walden, New York. Nick graduated from high school this year. His senior year also included attending an offsite school, CTech, for a class in heavy equipment repair. After classes, Nick worked from 2:30 to 7pm for his sponsor company, WSA Member East Coast Industrial Services of Pine Bush, NY.
In the photo with Nick are Jay and Laurie Presutti, principals in East Coast Industrial Services, the sweeping company that sponsored his scholarship application.
Nick will be attending Pennsylvania College for Diesel Mechanics to become a qualified diesel mechanic. Since East Coast Industrial is a WSA Member company, Nick’s scholarship will be in the amount of $2,000.
In 2013, Seth Rhoden, of South Carolina was the winner of the Dale McCaskill, Sr. Scholarship. Seth’s mother, Mary, is the Office Manager for WSA Member company, AccuSweep. As a result, Rhoden was awarded a $2,000 WSA scholarship instead of the $1,000 that it would have been if AccuSweep was not a WSA Member.
Seth will be attending Clemson in the 2013/2014 collegiate year. In high school, Seth was involved with student government as both a class representative and as Student Body President. He was a team captain in both football and basketball and attended Student Leadership University from 2009 through 2012. He was also an intern at First Baptist Church, Columbia, SC.
In 2013, Austin Moore, of Michigan was the winner of the Carl J. Austin Memorial Scholarship. Austin’s father, Rod, is the General Manager for WSA Member company, C & J Parking Lot Sweeping. As a result, Austin was awarded a $2,000 WSA scholarship instead of the $1,000 that it would have been if C & J Parking Lot Sweeping was not a WSA Member. In the photo above, Austin is shown receiving his ‘award check’ from Marilyn E. Reineck, Ph.D., Sr. Vice President for Academics, Concordia University Chicago.
Austin was a three-sport athlete in high school; football, baseball and basketball. He also participated in Key Club, Kids Against Bad Decisions, Student Council and Journalism. Austin will be attending Concordia University, Chicago.
The World Sweeping Association began offering scholarships in 2013 and has continued to do so ever since. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled or enrolling in an accredited university or technical school and be the son or daughter of an employee of a power sweeping company. Complete details are included in the application and instruction documents linked below.
All applications for the 2015-2016 academic year, as well as supporting information, must be postmarked by, or received by, the WSA office no later than July 1, 2015. The decision on the scholarship awards will be made by the WSA Scholarship Advisory Board, and the winning students contacted, no later than August 1, 2015. Scholarship monies will be sent directly to the school or university being attended by the recipient by September 1, 2015, unless other arrangements are required.
WSA will be providing one scholarship in the name of the late Dale McCaskill, Sr., a long-time power sweeping contractor who was killed in a car accident in 2011. The other is in the name of the late Carl J. Austin, who was sweeping contractor before becoming a manager with well-known sweeper manufacturer, Schwarze Industries, Inc., for many years. If the sweeping company the winning applicant(s) works for IS a member of the World Sweeping Association, the amount awarded will be $2,000. Otherwise, the scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000.
As the World Sweeping Association Scholarship Program enters its third year we welcome any ideas on how it might be modified and/or expanded. If you have questions or comments, please let us know. For complete information about eligibility, as well as the information needed to apply, use the links shown below.
Note to sweeping company managers: Choose the top link for a one-page flyer you can post onto your Bulletin Board. It is in PDF format. All of the other forms are Word documents that may be accessed by applicant as electronic files that may be printed or read online. If you have any trouble downloading, please call us at 866.635.2205 and tell us where to email the forms to you!
To ‘get the ball rolling,’ $25 was donated to the scholarship fund for each new member who enrolled with WSA for the yearly membership rate of $325 between December 2012 and February 2013. Also, all of those who signed up by the end of February were additionally designated as ‘Founding Members’ of World Sweeping Association. The total Founding Members who joined during this membership drive numbered 32, which led to an $800 contribution directly from WSA.
The following leading industry suppliers and contractors also contributed:
This provided WSA with a starting amount of $5,700 to get the program rolling. In addition, Mark Schwarze, President of Victory Sweepers, Inc., donated one of his company’s T600 sweepers. This sweeper was then auctioned off for $7,000, with the proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund. During this time, in light of the recent passing of long-time industry leader, Carl Austin, an additional scholarship was started in his name, as well.
If you would like to donate to the Scholarship Fund, or to get any questions answered, give us a call at 866) 635-2205 or use the contact form below and we’ll get back with you promptly. Thanks for considering donating to or, alternatively, facilitating your employees to apply for a scholarship from, the WSA Scholarship Fund!
– Ranger Kidwell-Ross, Executive Director