The founders of Bauer Built Inc. are gone but not forgotten. The G. F. “Sam” and Ethel V. Bauer/Bauer Built Inc. Scholarship Award sees to that.
Bauer Built introduced the program in 1994 to commemorate the company's 50th anniversary and honor its founders. Over that time, Bauer Built has awarded $111,000 in scholarships, including $9,000 in 2018.
Six high school seniors were named scholarship recipients this year. Each of the winners will receive $1,500.
Sophia Aguirre is the daughter of Roberto Aguirre and Jill Smith-Aguirre. Roberto is a heavy-duty service technician at the Bauer Built Tire Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sophia plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to study elementary education.
Logan DeWulf is the son of Aaron and Candace DeWulf. Aaron is a service manager at the Bauer Built Tire Center in Davenport, Iowa. Logan plans to attend Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa, to study farm management.
Brannon Humphrey is the son of Cory and Stacy Humphrey. Stacy is a human resources representative at Bauer Built Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Durand, Wis. Brannon plans to attend Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis., to study liberal arts.
Brittany Rogers is the daughter of Julie Rogers. Julie is an administrative assistant at the Bauer Built Tire Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Brittany plans to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., to study engineering.
Alexandra Smith is the daughter of Danial and Margaret Smith. Danial is the shop manager at the Bauer Built Tire Retread Shop in Indianapolis, Ind. Alexandra plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Iowa, to study music therapy.
Madison Smith is the daughter of Tiffany and Zack Smith. She is also the granddaughter of Rory and Jody Peterson. Rory is the assistant store manager at the Bauer Built Tire Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Madison plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and study animal ecology.
To be eligible, applicants must be a Bauer Built employee, or a child, stepchild or grandchild of a Bauer Built employee who is graduating from high school and enrolled in a post-secondary course of instruction. Each applicant must submit a hand-written essay on the field of study being pursued along with his or her career goals, two letters of recommendation, and verification of grade-point average with their application.
Bauer Built has been in business 74 years servicing the Midwest with tires and expanded light mechanical services. Bauer Built has 34 tire locations, seven Michelin Retread Technology retread plants, and two wheel-refinishing operations. The company also operates a bulk petroleum business out of its headquarters in Durand.