Bill Nelson Scholarship Endowment Announces 2023 Recipients

June 27, 2023


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Bill Nelson Scholarship Endowment (BNSE) is pleased to announce it has awarded five scholarships totaling $10,000 to its 2023 class of recipients.

Recipients for the 2023 awards are: Paris Coney of Vidalia, Georgia; Lauren Carlson of Byron, Illinois; Joan Tillman of Glennville, Georgia; and Joshua Howard of Rock Falls, Illinois.

The BNSE is an educational charity designed to advance the academic pursuits of employees and the children of employees who are employed by member companies of the Outdoor Power Parts & Accessories Association (OPPAA). Since 2000, the endowment has awarded 74 scholarships totaling more than $157,000 to high school and college students.

Scholarship recipients for this year represent Oregon Tool and Rotary Corporation, and were chosen from numerous applications received.

The BNSE is governed by the following Trustees: Mark Errick, D.E. Errick, Inc.; Sue Chaney, K-C Sales; John Joensen, Kress Commercial; and Ed Nelson, Rotary Corporation. Staff includes Brandon Martin and Suzanne Shomers of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).

The BNSE Trustees would like to extend their appreciation to all the outstanding scholarship applicants, and their affiliated OPPAA member companies.