NWFA Expands Scholarship Program

St. Louis, MO, March 28, 2014 -- The National Wood Flooring Association said it will significantly expand its scholarship program under its new Education & Research Foundation.

The program, which will be launched during the NWFA’s Wood Flooring Expo in Nashville April 16-19, will provide financial assistance to wood flooring professionals throughout the world.

“Over the years, the structure of our hands-on training has evolved,” says Michael Martin, NWFA president & CEO.

“As the economy struggled, people in need of training were less able to afford the expense of travel, so we restructured our training to develop regional programs that would minimize travel expenses.  Still, attendees struggled to afford the cost of these training programs, which NWFA has always run at a break-even or even at a loss.”

Consequently, the NWFA Board of Directors established a new Legacy Scholarship program.

“This program started with a vision from of one of our Board members, Tommy Maxwell,” Martin says.

“Over the years, Tommy served on multiple industry boards and worked closely with his industry peer and friend, Bob Haggard to expand the wood flooring industry.  Haggard, the owner of Hassel & Hughes Lumber Co. in Collinwood Tenn., died suddenly this past year, and Maxwell wanted to recognize him for his many contributions to the industry by establishing a scholarship in his honor. Once the Board of Directors started to discuss the program in detail, it became clear that there were many other industry legends who deserved to be honored as well.  The Board determined that individuals could be recognized with a Legacy scholarship by donating a minimum of $5,000 in the individual’s memory.”

Maxwell will make the initial donation to the fund by nominating 13 individuals for recognition.  They include:

Slim Andries – Floor Service Supply Co.
Rick Brian – Robbins, Inc.
Dick Coates – Golden State Flooring
Chester Derr – Derr Flooring Company
Albert Duke – Peace Flooring Co.
Bob Haggard – Hassell & Hughes Lumber Co.
Ed Hamar – Horner Flooring Co.
Sykes Harris – Sykes Flooring Co.
Virgil Hendricks – Lockwood Flooring/Mid-West Flooring Company
Keijo Hyvonen – Kelly-Goodwin Flooring
Harold Reid – Trinity Hardwood
Jim Stoeher – Robbins Inc./Stoeher Flooring
Larry Witt – Bruce Lumber Company/Robbins Flooring Company

“All donations will be invested in restricted funds, the principal balance of each scholarship will be protected from use, and scholarships will be awarded based on interest from interest earnings,” Martin says. 

“The NWFA has had two scholarship funds for a number of years,” says Don Finkell, CEO of American OEM Wood Floors in Greenville, South Carolina.

“The Friends of Dick Hradecki and Powernail scholarships are similar in nature but are much larger funds.  We wanted to establish an additional lower level of giving that allows the association to honor more individuals who have contributed to our industry. 

“The Board has also established a general scholarship with the hope that those individuals who have benefited from NWFA training over the years will pay it forward to future generations by donating to the fund, in any amount they can afford, to impact future generations of wood flooring professionals.

“At the Expo, anyone donating a minimum of $25 will have an additional opportunity to win a VIP trip for two to the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville this coming November.  It’s a win-win, for those who donate, and definitely for those who receive scholarships.”

More information about the NWFA’s Scholarship Program is available by contacting the NWFA at 800.422.4556.



Other Archived Articles

Philly Manufacturing Continues to Expand   Full Article
Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 16, 2014 -- The October Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey indicated continued growth in the Philadelphia region’s manufacturing sector this month.

Builder Confidence Declines in October   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 16, 2014 -- After four consecutive monthly gains, home builder confidence fell five points this month to a level of 54 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

Industrial Production Rebounds in September   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 16, 2014 -- Industrial production rose 1% in September, the Federal Reserve said.

Jobless Claims Lowest in Over 14 Years   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 16, 2014 -- Initial claims for unemployment benefits last week were the lowest in more than 14 years, according to the Labor Department.

WFCA Taking Entries for Gold Standard Award   Full Article
Anaheim, CA, Oct. 16, 2014 -- The World Floor Covering Association is accepting entries for the annual Gold Standard Award.

Foreclosure Activity at Pre-Bubble Levels   Full Article
Irvine, CA, Oct. 16, 2014 -- Foreclosure activity last month hit the lowest level since July 2006, according to tracking firm RealtyTrac.

Business Inventories Rise Less Than Expected   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 15, 2014 -- U.S. business inventories rose less than expected in August, according to the Commerce Department.

Producer Prices Decline in September   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 15, 2014 -- Producer prices in the U.S. fell in September for the first time in more than a year, according to the Labor Department.

New York Area Manufacturing Slows in October   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 15, 2014 -- Manufacturing in the New York region expanded at a much slower pace in October, according to the New York Federal Reserve.

Retail Sales Decline in September   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 15, 2014 -- U.S. retail sales fell more than expected in September, following the biggest gain in four months in August, according to the Commerce Department.

Mortgage Applications Up on Lower Rates   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 15, 2014 -- Mortgage application volume rose 5.6% last week from the previous week as interest rates fell, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Florim Opens Showroom in Moscow   Full Article
Moscow, Russia, Oct. 15, 2014 -- Tile company Florim said it has opened a new flagship store in Moscow.

Retirement Fund Files Suit Against Lumber Liquidators   Full Article
Toano, VA, Oct. 14, 2014 -- Lumber Liquidators is facing a class action law suit brought by the City of Hallandale Beach, Florida, Police Officers' and Firefighters' Personal Retirement Trust, according to the Virginia Gazette.

UFloor Systems Signs Western Distributor Big D   Full Article
Aurora, CO, Oct. 14, 2014 -- UFloor Systems has signed Big D Floor Covering Supplies to distribute its Uzin subfloor preparation products.

Mannington Raising VCT Prices in January   Full Article
Salem, NJ, Oct. 14, 2014 — Mannington Mills said it will raise prices by 4% on all of its vinyl composition tile products effective Jan. 5.

Armstrong Issues Third Quarter Warning   Full Article
New York, NY, Oct. 14, 2014 -- Armstrong World Industries became the second public flooring company to issue a third quarter profit warning.

WFCA Names New Leader of Northwest Association   Full Article
Anaheim, CA, Oct. 13, 2014 -- The World Floor Covering Association has named Tish Gasparich leader of the WFCA’s Affiliate Flooring Association Northwest(FAN).

Horizon Forest Products Moves Richmond Offices   Full Article
Richmond, VA, Oct. 13, 2014 -- Horizon Forest Products moved its Richmond offices to 4820 Eubank Road in the Interport Business Center.

Share of Custom Homes on the Decline   Full Article
Washington, DC, Oct. 13, 2014 -- New NAHB research reveals significant regional differences in the share of custom homes started in 2013.

Self's To Distribute Novalis LVT in Midwest   Full Article
Toronto, Canada, Oct. 13, 2014 -- Wichita, Kansas-based Self’s, Inc. will now distribute luxury vinyl flooring made by Novalis Innovative Flooring.