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Students, apply now for $88,000 in scholarships!


Students in rental businesses and manufacturer/supplier operations can apply now for US$88,000 in scholarships — the largest amount of funding ever offered by the ARA Foundation and its affiliate programs, including the Canadian Rental Association (CRA).

That means Canadian students who apply could be eligible for the Leonard Hawk Founders Scholarship, the top scholarship worth US$5,000. That is not all. From the ARA Foundation alone, there are now 10 Undergraduate Scholarships worth US$3,000 each, two Graduate Scholarships worth US$2,500 each and 10 Trade/Technical/Vocational Scholarships worth US$1,500 each. Plus, there are the ARA Region 10/Dorothy Wellnitz Scholarship worth US$1,500 and the ARA Region 10/Doug Mitchell Scholarship worth US$1,500 from the CRA.

“Many students receive multiple scholarships, making the overall monetary award even more substantial, which makes a higher education more affordable,” says Jenni Swanson, ARA Foundation director of development.   

Who is eligible?

  • Students who are going to a trade/technical/vocational school, community college or college/university as a way to gain the skill and knowledge needed for a career that supports the equipment rental industry


  • Working in a rental business or manufacturer/supplier operation of rental equipment or an immediate family member of the business owner (a son, daughter or spouse).

How can they apply?

Applications are available at Students may complete the application as well as upload all of their supporting materials online or fax it to 309-764-1533, email it to or mail it to the ARA Foundation, 1900 19th St., Moline, IL 61265.

What is the deadline?

Students who post online or send via fax or email must have all materials submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time Feb. 1, 2016. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by that date.

Where to go with questions?

Go to or contact Swanson at