ServNet has announced the 2019 recipients of the group's scholarship program during its Spring Owners' Meeting, held in April. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship program was established in 2016 as an ongoing initiative to help ServNet auction employees and their families pursue the dream of higher education. The ServNet Scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to pursue education in college or vocational school programs.
"As the leaders of of family-owned businesses ourselves, we ServNet owners take a deep personal interest in our employees," explained Ryan Clark, owner of Greater Rockford Auto Auction and a member of ServNet's Board of Directors, overseeing the Scholarship Program. "ServNet's scholarship program is a great way for us to encourage the members of our auction families and to help lay the groundwork for the next generation that follows."
Ryan reports that the group awarded a total of $18,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. The awards will be given in increments of six awards of $2,500 to students attending a four-year college or university, and two awards of $1,500 for students attending a two-year college.
$1,500 scholarships for study at a two-year college
Dane Rogers (son of Lisa Simmons of DAA Northwest) will attend Spokane Community College in the Fall. He begins a two-year training program as Hydraulic and Pneumatic Auomation Technician.
Zoe Friedel (daughter of Jennifer Friedel of Bel Air Auto Auction) is a sophomore at Harford Community College, pursuing coursework in preparation for her application to the Nursing Program. She worked at Bel Air Auto Auction for two summers while she was in high school.
$2,500 scholarships for study at a 4-year college or university
Anne Dabroski (daughter of Joseph Dabroski, who works at State Line Auto Auction) is a Senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, where she is majoring in Digital Media. This year marks her third ServNet scholarship award; she received awards in 2017 and 2018 as well.
Keith Dabroski (the second of Joseph Darboski's children to receive a ServNet scholarship) begins his sophomore year at Grove City College just outside Pittsburgh, PA, where he is majoring in Physics with a minor in Astronomy.
Kayleigh Elliott (daughter of Dan Eliott of DAA Northwest), will attend Washington State University in the Fall, where she is pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Michaela Long, (daughter of Kelly Long of DAA Seattle) attends Washington State University, working toward degrees in Psychology and Exercise & Nutrition Physiology. She was also named a ServNet scholarship recipient in 2018.
Margaret (Maggie) Roszko (daughter of Marsha Roszko of Bel Air Auto Auction) begins her junior year at Frostburg State University this Fall, where she majors in Early Childhood Education.
Max Willis (son of Greenville Auto Auction's General Manager Billy Willis) is a sophomore majoring in Business at Western Carolina University.
Clark notes that ServNet's scholarship program has been enthusiastically received by employees and associates at ServNet auctions around the country, and that several students have applied for — and been awarded — the ServNet scholarship in multiple years.
"ServNet's Scholarship Program is both an important way to support the families who work so hard in our industry and and to invest in our collective future," Ryan added.