A letter from our President
Did you know that the MDNA Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund awards grants for college tuition to children whose parents are employed by MDNA member firms? This
member benefit is often called the “heart” of the MDNA. For those not familiar, MDNA’s Scholarship Fund was started by Austin D. Lucas in 1983. Austin D. Lucas was a pillar of the MDNA member family for many years. He started out in the business with his father and grandfather at J. L. Lucas & Sons, Inc. They joined the MDNA in 1953. Later he began his own company Austin D. Lucas Inc. In addition to his work for the Scholarship Fund, he served MDNA with distinction, rising through the ranks to serve as MDNA President in 1956 and 1957. Additionally, he served as LOCATOR Services Inc. President from 1970 to 1974.
Since the inception of the fund in 1983, 1,249 students have received scholarships totaling over $1,678,000. The scholarships awarded make a significant difference in the student’s tuition as the awards range from $1000 to $5000. The goal remains the same, as when it was founded, to help fund the college and trade school education of children whose parents work for firms belonging to MDNA. Every year the Trustees of the Fund award scholarship to this group of deserving children. This year the Fund awarded more than 55 scholarships. The Fund’s principal is never touched. Only the interest is awarded to deserving students. The Fund grows through interest earned by investments and the wonderful generosity of MDNA members and other donors. Donations are always welcome and directly benefit the students and their pursuit of an education.
This year Sarah B. Johnson was the standout scholarship recipient of the prestigious Austin D. Lucas Trust Award. This award commemorates the legacy of a man who dedicated many years to philanthropic endeavors and charitable work. Sarah exemplifies Austin’s spirit of generosity and dedication to the service of others.
You can read about all of this year’s recipients and more about the Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund here.
MDNA President – Joe Lundvick, CEA, Perfection Global, LLC