Justin Marsh wants to make a career in the equipment rental industry. Thanks to the ARA Foundation Graduate Scholarship, which he was awarded this past May, paying for that education has become easier, helping bring his career dreams close to reality.
During the summers throughout high school and college, he worked for a general contractor and wanted to stay in the industry after graduation. For the past five years, he’s worked in inside sales and truck dispatch at United Rentals in Winchester, Va., and last August he started pursuing his master’s in business administration degree at Shenandoah University, also in Winchester.
“I like the competitiveness and constant innovation of the rental industry. I would like to make a career in the rental business as it offers many opportunities for advancement and growth,” he says.
That is why, when he learned about the scholarship, he jumped at the chance to apply. “I walked by the fax machine and discovered the flyer. After reading it over, I went to the website to see which scholarship I was eligible for,” he says. “The application process was not difficult, but the essays were challenging.”
It was well worth applying, he says, especially when he was notified that he had been awarded the graduate scholarship. “I was extremely excited,” he says. “I found out at the beginning of finals week. This scholarship means a lot to me. It will help defray the expense, especially with what the interest rate on graduate loans is. I am proud to have been selected as a recipient.”
Haley Reim, who just started at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, wants to build a career at her family’s rental business, Redtail Equipment Rental, also in College Station, where she has been working summers and breaks throughout high school. She likes the rental industry “because it caters to a wide variety of people and the dynamics are constantly changing — forcing the business to stay current,” she says.
She heard about the scholarship from her father, Kevin, who also serves as vice president of the Texas Rental Association. She applied and received both an ARA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship and the Bill Loomer Houston Area Rental Association Scholarship.
“I am so thankful and happy,” she says. “This is something we’ve been hoping for, so we can use that money to go back to Redtail to grow the business instead of having to pay for the expenses of college.”
While at Texas A&M, her family’s alma mater, she plans to earn a degree in business. “This will help me learn the basics and fundamentals and apply that back at Redtail Equipment Rental,” she says.
Both know the value these scholarships offer and encourage other students to apply.
“Other students should apply to help promote the American Rental Association and the ARA Foundation, and to help with the high cost of education,” Reim says.
Marsh believes they are so valuable that he has been actively “encouraging my co-workers who are interested in continuing their education and those with children in school to look into the ARA Foundation scholarships, especially for undergraduate students,” he