During high school, Ethan Maughan developed a curiosity about the technology being used in today’s vehicle.
After being awarded a NIADA Foundation scholarship, the Salt Lake City native is now getting a chance to pursue his passion in college. He was one of the four 2022 regional selections for the foundation’s $3,500 college scholarships.
“This scholarship means a lot to me. It means I can pursue my passion for automotive technology in college and that other people believe in me and my future, too,” Maughan said. “I am proud to be chosen for the Region IV scholarship and very grateful to NIADA for choosing me.”
This scholarship means a lot to me. It means I can pursue my passion for automotive technology in college and that other people believe in me and my future, too.Ethan Maughan, 2022 Region IV NIADA Foundation scholarship recipient
The NIADA Foundation awards a student in each of the association’s four regions with scholarship based on outstanding achievements in education, leadership and service in the community. Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 awards.
“I am very grateful to receive this scholarship, as it enables me to work less during the school year to meet financial requirements and allows me to focus more on my academics,” said Jackson Wittenberg from Sugar Grove, Ill. “I hope to take extra classes when possible and join as many clubs as I can, and I believe I will now have more opportunities to do so. I’m already a little nervous going into my first year of college, and this scholarship helps to alleviate some of the pressure. Being chosen to receive this scholarship increases my confidence in my potential for the future, and I’m excited to see where my life takes me. I want to express my gratitude once more for selecting me as the recipient of this scholarship.”
The Foundation also awards one $10,000 scholarship to an exceptional Northwood University student completing their Automotive Marketing and Management degree.
The scholarship winners will be acknowledged in June at the NIADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas.
The NIADA Foundation invites high school seniors to complete an application found on our website at niada.com/foundation. The application deadline is March 12, 2023. The selection of the four recipients representing each of NIADA’s four regions is made by the Scholarship Selection Committee within NIADA and Northwood University.
The association’s scholarship program dates back to 1999 and was the responsibility of the NIADA’s Auxiliary. In 2006, the association established the NIADA Foundation, recognized by the IRS as a public charity. In the past 15 years, the Foundation has awarded $356,500 in college scholarships to help young people continue to their education in the automotive industry.
This scholarship will help cut down my student debt and allow me to pursue my passion and do what I love.Declan Roberts, 2022 Region II NIADA Foundation scholarship recipient
“This scholarship will help cut down my student debt and allow me to pursue my passion and do what I love,” said Declan Roberts of Kodak, Tenn.
The Foundation also spearheads NIADA’s charitable efforts nationwide, donating to organizations that support, among other causes, veterans and their families, youth development and cancer research. The Foundation also established an emergency relief fund to provide a venue for NIADA to assist fellow dealers and others in the automotive community devastated by natural disasters.
Membership dues alone could not support all of the Foundation’s charitable needs. At the annual convention and expo, NIADA holds a live car auction, with all proceeds benefiting the NIADA Foundation. In the past 10 years, the auctions at the NIADA Convention and Expo have raised $252,000 for the Foundation.
If you would like to donate to the NIADA Foundation, contributions may be mailed to 4621 South Cooper Street, Suite 131-524, Arlington, Texas, 76017. The NIADA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.