NIADA Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

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June 16, 2017—Five young men and women were named as the recipients of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association's (NIADA) 2017 Scholarship Awards during the 71st Annual NIADA Convention and Expo at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

Ali Nasrallah, a sophomore at Northwood University in Midland, Mich., was awarded the NIADA Foundation/Manheim Scholarship to Northwood.

Logan Brinks of Marne, Mich., earned NIADA's scholarship from Region I, joining Braden G. Martin of Nashville, Tenn. (Region II), Riley J. Raynor of Enid, Okla. (Region III) and Juan Carrillo of Oxnard, Calif. (Region IV) as winners of NIADA's regional scholarships.

Each year, the NIADA Foundation proudly sponsors a student who has displayed outstanding abilities in education from each of the association's four regions across the nation with a $3,500 scholarship to the college or university of his or her choice, thanks to the assistance of Manheim. The foundation and Manheim also award a $10,000 national scholarship each year for an outstanding student to attend or continue his or her education at Northwood University in an automotive-related field.

All students' entries are judged by Northwood University.

Nasrallah, from Dearborn, Mich., has a dual major in automotive marketing and management and finance, and a minor in accounting. He served as Northwood's student government vice president, vice president of the investments and personal finance club and vice chairman of the university's student-run International Auto Show.

He has earned Dean's List and President's List honors, and also has automotive work experience, having rotated among all the operation's departments during his internship with a car dealership.

Leadership is a big part of Brinks' resume as well. He was elected class president at Coopersville High School, not to mention captain of the football team, among other leadership positions. He's also a member of National Honor Society. Brinks, who is considering attending the University of Michigan, said he has always wanted to pursue a career in the auto industry and believes the best way to succeed in the rapidly changing automotive industry is to embrace that change.

Martin's career goal is "to impact the world even more with the magic of computers" as a software engineer for a "world-altering" company. A two time class president at Hillwood High School, he is heavily involved in his community, including work as a peer tutor and volunteering with a neighborhood outreach program.

Raynor was named valedictorian of her graduating class at Chisolm High School, the latest in a long list of academic honors that includes the Superintendent's Honor Roll, the National Honor Society, and Oklahoma Girls State. She's interested in attending Central Oklahoma University or the University of Alabama to study pre-law, psychology and philosophy as she pursues a career as in law or politics centered around helping those in need.

Carillo is accomplished as a student and an athlete, participating in football, baseball and taekwondo at Channel Islands High School in Oxnard, Calif., where he also earned valedictorian honors. He was selected for California Boys State, served as vice president of Future Leaders of America and mentors elementary school students. He plans to major in mechanical engineering and pursue a Masters degree in automotive technology.


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