Fourteen students each receive $1,000 for school.

Fourteen students in all --the sons and daughters of owners and employees of professional independent water systems dealers throughout North America -- are attending the colleges of their choice this fall with financial help from Goulds Pumps, ITT Industries. Each of the students was awarded a $1,000 education scholarship given recently by the Seneca Falls, N.Y.-based water systems manufacturer.

"Goulds Pumps continues to recognize the importance of supporting the education of our youth," states Dennis Coggins, vice president of sales for Goulds Pumps, ITT Industries. "This year, Goulds Pumps is very proud to present these scholarships to 14 very deserving young adults."

The scholarships are given each year to college-bound dependent children of Goulds Professional Dealer Association (GPDA) members and their employees, regardless of the child's planned academic area of concentration, at any two- or four-year institution. The GPDA scholarship program is just one of the many benefits members receive by joining the industry's only exclusive association of independent water systems professionals. "We can't think of a better way to build a better tomorrow than by helping our young people become ready for the fast-paced industry of the future through enhanced education," Coggins says. "Several scholarship winners are from multi-generation pump businesses," he notes. "The GPDA scholarship program is helping to prepare sons and daughters to carry on the legacy of their families into the next generation."

Congratulations to this year's class of GPDA Scholarship winners:

Megan Houle - Megan is the daughter of Richard and Joanne Houle (Houle Well Drilling, Noelville, Ontario). She is attending Laurenton University, where she is pursuing a degree in secondary education. Megan graduated from Ecole Secondaire de la Riviere des Francais High School in Noelville.

Lindsay Marie Best - Lindsay is the daughter of Kevin and Tracy Best (KM Best Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Kings County, Nova Scotia). She graduated from Horton High School in Wolfville, where she was senior class president. She currently is attending Mount Allison University.

Richard Allen Nash - Richard is the son of Bernard and Renee Nash (Moseley & Nash Enterprises, Ebony, Va.). He currently is attending Virginia Tech. He graduated from Brunswick Academy in Lawrenceville, Va., where he was a member of the school's championship football team.

Jonathan Ryan King - Jonathan is the son of James and Tammy King (Lee Roy West Well Drilling, Macon, N.C.). Jonathan is attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he is pursuing a degree in computer science. He graduated from Halifax Academy in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Gail Amanda Nicholson - Gail is the daughter of Janet Knox (Watson and Johnson Well Drilling, Great Mills, Md.). A National Honor Society student while at Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, Md., Gail currently is attending Mercer University.

Michelle Nicolle Kemp - Michelle is the daughter of Mike and Wanda Kemp (Kemp's Mechanical Services, Highland, Md.). The president of her school's National Honor Society while at Mount deSales Academy, Cantonsville, Md., Michelle currently is attending University of Notre Dame, where she is majoring in pre-med.

Lauren Bowman - Lauren is the daughter of Christopher and Nancy Bowman (White-Bowman Inc., Cheshire, Conn.). An honor roll student throughout her four years at Cheshire High School, Lauren currently is attending Adelphi University.

Heather Sherman - Heather is the daughter of Walter H. Sherman III (JH Barlow Pump Co., Wolcott, Conn.). She graduated from Wolcott High School, and currently is attending Wheelock College.

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Sarah Van Dyken - Sarah is the daughter of Rod and Vonnie Van Dyken (N&S Irrigation, Ripon, Calif.). An honor roll student while at Ripon Christian High School, Sarah is attending Dordt Christian College.

Erin Foster West - Erin is the daughter of Michael West and Jacqueline Foster (West Electric Inc., Dillon, Mont.). The valedictorian of her class while at Beaverland County High School in Dillon, Erin is attending Macalester College.

Brandon L. Reimers - Brandon is the son of Mark Reimers (Reimers Well Drilling, Valentine, Neb.). Brandon currently is attending the University of Nebraska. He graduated with honors from Valentine Rural High School.

Emily Mae Kjelstad - Emily is the daughter of Kerry and Deb Kjelstad (Kjelstad Plumbing and Heating Inc., Eau Claire, Wis.). She is attending the University of Wisconsin/Stout. While at Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Emily worked on numerous volunteer projects, one involving her coordination of the renovation of the Town Hall's kitchen and bathroom.

Ryan Abbott - Ryan is the son of Bill and Dee Abbott (Abbott's Pump Co., Granby, Colo.). An All-Academic scholar while at Middle Park High School in Granby, Ryan currently is attending the University of Northern Colorado, where he is taking courses pre-requisite to succeeding his father in the family business.

Clint Hopper - Clint is the son of Alan and Doneta Hopper (Hopper Pump Service, Roswell, N.M.). The president of the Chaves County 4-H Council while a student at Robert H. Goddard High School, Clint currently is attending New Mexico State University, where he is pursuing a career in ranch management/animal and range sciences.