John Ruggerio Annual Scholarship
Over the past twenty-one years, the Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska has launched a project for the benefit of the members of the Association. A Scholarship Fund has been established in the name of John Ruggerio of Omaha, Nebraska. John was a long-time supporter of the automotive recycling industry, having served as the Executive Director of the Association and serving on many committees of the national and state associations, and continuing to serve the industry in his retirement years.
A Committee consisting of the Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska Board of Directors was formed to administer the Scholarship Fund.
Information on the scholarship will be made available to members, outlining a deadline in February of each year for the candidates to return their request for a scholarship. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the committee and awarded to qualifying candidates. All applicants are informed of whether they receive the scholarship award or not.
Criteria for Recipient of Scholarship
The student applying for the scholarship must be at least one of the following:
- A direct relative of an owner of a recycling yard (who is a direct member of the Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska) to be inclusive of a son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, wife or husband of the owner or the owner (him or herself). It shall not include the members’ brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces or nephews unless they are employed in the business (see next bullet point).
- An employee of the owner of a recycling yard. The owner must be a direct member of the Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska. The employee must be employed at the recycling yard, and not at other enterprises owned by the recycling yard. The recipient may also be a son or daughter of an employee of the member.
- The applicant must be a graduate of high school or have passed a high school equivalency examination indicating the completion of high school.
- The applicant need not be a resident of Nebraska. However, the yard to which they are related must be a direct member of the Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska. The scholarship will be issued on a check payable to the institution chosen by the recipient.
The scholarship will be awarded based on the applicant attending one of the following institutions:
- An accredited university.
- An accredited state college.
- An accredited community college.
- An accredited business or liberal arts school.
- Correspondence courses, mini-workshops or courses will not qualify for the scholarship.
The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria and points (1 being lowest score, 10 being highest score):
- 1-10 – Academic Excellence: Based on cumulative grade point averages in high school or higher education.
- 1-10 – Community Service: Based on individual’s participation in local, regional and state activities to include such service as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, civic and church organizations, community service clubs and the like.
- 1-10 – Financial Need: Based on the demonstration of need, how much of the education must be self-funded or through student loans.
- 1-10 – Career Objectives: The Committee will review career objectives of the applicant.