AVB Scholarship Award Winners Announced at Summit

By Andy Kriege, YSN

A high point of last week’s Summit 21 proceedings was the announcement of this year’s AVB/BrandSource scholarship award winners.

As part of a longstanding effort to support higher education, the group bestows $10,000 in academic achievement awards annually. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to the offspring of BrandSource members and staff to help offset higher education expenses.

Four winners were announced last week from over 40 contenders, with each receiving $2,500 toward fall enrollment. For the first time this year, eligibility was extended beyond those attending four-year colleges to include students enrolled in tech and trade programs.

The candidates were judged on their academic merit (including their GPA and extracurricular activities); their community involvement; a written essay; and additional criteria including their responses to follow-up questions and the overall presentation of their submission.

This year’s winners are:

Lana Nielson

The daughter of staffer Carrie Nielson at Fischer Furniture in Rapid City S.D., Lana is a junior at South Dakota State University where she is working toward a nursing degree. She is also a competitive fastpitch softball player and — Hello! — she plays and teaches the cello.  Her dream job is to work as a labor and delivery nurse in her hometown of Rapid City.

Kaden Lloyd

The son of Melyssa Lloyd and grandson of Mark Lafferty of Lafferty’s Home Center in Texarkana, Texas, Kaden is a sophomore studying media arts at the University of North Texas. He hopes to pursue a career in film or television production and appears well on his way, having recently won a Best Director award from the Student Television Network.

Katelyn Cabrera

Katelyn is the daughter of Shane Cabrera, a member of the sales team at Spencer’s TV and Appliance in Mesa, Ariz. Now in her junior year, she is majoring in music at Northern Arizona State University and plans to continue on to graduate school. A Suzuki-certified music instructor and volunteer teacher, Katelyn hopes to pursue a career in music instruction.

Anna Young

The daughter of Benjamin Young and granddaughter of Young Appliance’s Bob Young in Alpena, Mich., Anna is a freshman at Delta Community College in Saginaw. A passionate athlete, she was honored as 2020 Female Athlete of the Year in her senior year of high school and plans to move on to Michigan State in pursuit of a career as a physical therapist.

Contacted by YSN, Anna’s granddad Bob Young expressed his appreciation for AVB’s scholarship program. “This is a phenomenal resource for those that are seeking a higher level of education,” he said. “These dollars are well spent, literally on our future. My granddaughter Anna is a special young lady and excels in all her endeavors. She knows the value of this award and is respectful and appreciative of where it came from.”

Forever Young: Three generations of the Young family — Bob, Anna and Benjamin.

Reviewing all of the applications as well as the judges’ notes has given this writer great faith in the next generation of BrandSource members. I have come to the conclusion that our members really do a fantastic job instilling the same values in their kids that make them successful in business. It turns out that hard work, discipline and resilience not only makes for great retailers but for high-achieving students as well.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, mattress, furniture and CE dealers.