The MDNA Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund awards grants for college tuition to children whose parents are employed by MDNA member firms.
The Fund is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation recognized as a charity by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to the Fund are fully tax-deductible to the full amount allowed by law.
The chairs of the Fund are managed by the Trustees, consisting of members of the Board of Directors of the Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA). Since the inception of the fund in 1982, 1,355 students have received scholarships totaling over $1,843,000.
Grants are awarded annually to students entering college, vocational or graduate school. Application forms are available from MDNA headquarters each February, or click here to download forms directly. Awards are distributed at the end of the summer for the fall semester. Students may apply each year of their college careers.
Scholarships are only available to children whose parents are employed by MDNA firms. Scholarships are not available to any relative by blood, adoption or marriage of an individual who has an equity ownership in any MDNA member company or anyone who is responsible for making the selection, i.e., one of the Trustees of the Fund.
Selection is made by the Board of Trustees based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and a series of essay questions. The essay questions allow applicants to express their goals for a college or vocational education. Not every student who applies receives an award. Each year the amounts and number of grants awarded vary.View the Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund Recipient Winners for 2019-2020 >
The gift of education to these students would not be possible without the generosity of the MDNA members and friends of MDNA who contribute to this Fund. Your continued support is greatly appreciated by the recipient of these grants as it honors their academic achievements.
Contributions to the Fund make a dignified expression of sympathy or serve to honor a special birthday or event.
MDNA members are invited to establish a Trust of their own. Trusts can be established in your name, your company name, or in honor of an individual you hold in high esteem. This is a lasting testament that will continue giving each year.
Each time you donate to the Fund, your contributions are totaled. When your contributions have reached the goal of $5,000, your Trust is established. Each year thereafter a student will receive a scholarship in your Trust’s name.