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NACAS Education Foundation Announces 2016 Mereese Ladson Diversity Scholarship Recipients

Charlottesville, VA (April 13, 2016) – NACAS Education Foundation, a non-profit corporation that promotes the auxiliary services profession through NACAS, announced today they have awarded the 2016 Mereese Ladson Diversity Scholarship to Adrianne Spann, administration & finance manager at Towson University, and Marshall Gray, postal, printing & vending services director at Western Kentucky University.

“The Foundation is honored to be able to award this scholarship to two exceptional candidates,” said Matt Sirinek, president of the NACAS Education Foundation. “The contributions from the NACAS East region and individual donors have made this fund a success. The Foundation is pleased to be able to continue to honor Mereese Ladson through this tribute to her exceptional leadership in the auxiliary services community. Congratulations to the 2016 Mereese Ladson Diversity Scholarship recipients!”

The Mereese Ladson Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005 in honor of the late Mereese Ladson, controller at Brooklyn College. Ms. Ladson was a president and long-time leader of NACAS East and a great friend to the entire Association. This scholarship is intended to further her work to promote the advancement of diverse, career-minded higher education professionals.

“The NACAS East Region is honored to once again pay tribute to Mereese Ladson, a leader revered for her enthusiasm and perseverance,” said Mark Kraner, president of the NACAS East Region. “The Mereese Ladson Diversity Scholarship known for fostering growth, development and recognition to aspiring professionals is celebrating its 11th year memorializing a dear friend to the auxiliary services community. This year’s recipients, Ms. Spann and Mr. Gray, are notable in their professionalism and positivity, and I congratulate them on their awards and wish them luck in their future endeavors.”

Adrianne Spann, administration & finance manager at Towson University parking & transportation services has over 10 years of experience working in higher education and is a recent graduate of a master’s degree in business administration. “I have always strived to study new processes and new technology to better support the operations to become more efficient as well as effective. In addition, I have always encouraged others as well as myself within the department to further expand their knowledge to grow professionally. I’m currently in the process of studying for the CAPP certification for parking to better assist my understanding of parking’s role in auxiliary services.”

Marshall Gray, postal, printing & vending services director at Western Kentucky University is pursuing his goal of expanding his knowledge in auxiliary services. “By receiving this scholarship, I will have the opportunity to attend a NACAS conference which in turn will give me the opportunity to grow professionally and meet other auxiliary professionals. I enjoy learning in the class settings but truly believe that having the chance to speak one on one with industry leaders is invaluable.”

About NACAS Education Foundation
NACAS Education Foundation is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) corporation formed to support and promote the auxiliary and ancillary services profession through NACAS. Through the support of members and business partners, the NACAS Education Foundation funds professional development programs, research, scholarships, and the CASP certification.
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NACAS (National Association of College Auxiliary Services), headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is a nonprofit higher education association serving auxiliary services, student support services, and ancillary services professionals at 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Asia. NACAS provides extensive opportunities for members to share ideas, develop business solutions, enhance programs and revenues, and develop meaningful professional relationships.
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