Haley Marie Kurtz, a rising college senior who has worked as an intern at General RV in Wixom, Mich., and in customer service for Crossroads RV, is the 2013-14 recipient of the RV Learning Center Scholarship. According to a press release, the $2,500 annual scholarship is endowed through the Kindlund Family Foundation.
Kurtz, who grew up in Elkhart, Ind., is a student at John Brown University where she is pursuing a bachelor’s in history with a minor in business administration. Her work at General RV included developing means to improve relationships between RV dealers and campgrounds.
The scholarship recipient says a research assignment entitled, “Twentieth Century American Consumerism and its Effect on the RV Industry,” solidified her interest in the RV Industry. She plans to pursue a master’s in business administration and work in the RV industry after completing her undergraduate studies.
“Haley’s background in her stepfather’s RV service business and current experience at General RV and Crossroads RV make her just the type of student we are proud to name as our scholarship recipient,” said Newt Kindlund. “Between school and work, Haley is making a commitment to her future and the future of our industry and that is noteworthy in itself.”
The RV Learning Center Scholarship Program recognizes deserving rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants are judged on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and honors, RV industry involvement, financial need, and a 500-word essay. The program has awarded more than $56,000 to 23 students since its inception in 2000.
The Kindlund family, which endowed the scholarship program with $270,000, remains active in the RV industry even after selling its corporation, Holiday RV Superstores, in 1999. Newt Kindlund serves on the RV Learning Center board.