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NWFA expands scholarship program

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The National Wood Flooring Association is expanding its scholarship program to provide “meaningful financial assistance” to wood-flooring professionals.

“Over the years, the structure of our hands-on training has evolved,” NWFA president and CEO Michael Martin said in a statement. “As the economy struggled, people in need of training were less able to afford the expense of travel, so we restructured our training to develop regional programs that would minimize travel expenses. Still, attendees struggled to afford the cost of these training programs, which NWFA has always run at a break-even or even at a loss.”

In response to this need, the NWFA board of directors has established a new Legacy Scholarship program.

“This program started with a vision from of one of our board members, Tommy Maxwell,” Martin says. “Over the years, Tommy served on multiple industry boards and worked closely with his industry peer and friend, Bob Haggard to expand the wood flooring industry. Haggard, the owner of Hassel & Hughes Lumber Co. in Collinwood Tenn., died suddenly this past year, and Maxwell wanted to recognize him for his many contributions to the industry by establishing a scholarship in his honor.”

For information, visit www.nwfa.org.

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