GOOD NEWS: Local student receives national scholarship

Odessa resident Hannah Wheeler is one of 16 students being awarded a scholarship for academic achievement, community service, and leadership by the Goulds Water Technology Professional Dealer’s Association (GPDA). The scholarship is open to students in the U.S. and Canada.

“Every year, we have the opportunity and privilege of supporting 16 young students in pursuit of their dreams in higher education,” Susan O’Grady, director of marketing, building services and Agriculture, Xylem Inc. “Financial uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic still lingers for many families, said. Through these scholarships, we are honored to support our dealers’ families and contribute to these students’ future, success, and professional development.”

GPDA is a network of independent water system professionals established in 1969 and is the industry’s oldest and largest dealers’ association. The professional network provides independent dealers with extensive technical and product training and has graduated more than 20,000 dealers and distributors from its education center. GPDA scholarship recipients are family members of GPDA members. Since its inception, the annual GPDA scholarship program has awarded more than $348,000 to 304 recipients.

The full list of the 2021 GPDA scholarship recipients: Grayson Wiggins, San Angelo, Texas, Water Logistics; Christopher Nagle, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, Parker Brothers Well Drilling Inc; Erin Saunders, Westminster, Maryland, Legacy Septic and Excavation; Ashley Maggiora, Hollister, California, Maggiora Bros Drilling Inc; Clayton Royall, Luling, Texas, Royall’s Windmill & Pump, LLC; Abbey Herendeen, Clifton Springs, New York, Herendeen Brother Corporation; Thomas Palermo, Monroe, Connecticut, A & A SystemsControl, Inc; Hannah Wheeler, Odessa, Texas, Wheeler Drilling; David Hartley, Chocorua, New Hampshire, Hartley Well Drilling; Jason Neidigh, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, Rosenberry Septic Services; Calvin Christensen, Hartington, Nebraska, Christensen Well and Irrigation; Taylor Newman, Lithia, Florida, Kens Well Drilling; Jaxson Cadwallader, Atkinson, Nebraska, Schrunk Well Service, Inc; Lukas Adamek, Yoakum, Texas, Chandler Drilling Inc; Caroline Hilliard, West End, North Carolina, Jack’s Supply, Inc; Evelyn McKenny, Baldwin, Maryland, Sweet Air Plumbing, Inc.