NETSA Gives Away $42,000 in Scholarships

Oct. 13, 2022

The New England Tire & Service Association (NETSA) recently awarded $2,000 scholarship to 21 recipients during an event held at the Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, Mass.  

NETSA has given away scholarships since 2013 and by next year, will have raised over $500,000 for deserving recipients, according to Tony DeSimone, NETSA executive director. 

An individual must be at least a two-year member of NETSA - or be a member's spouse or dependent - to be eligible for a scholarship, which can go toward a two-year or four-year university of post-graduate technical school. 

Scholarship sponsors provide $1,000 and NETSA matches that amount. 

NETSA raises this money through an annual golf outing and an auction that takes place at the association's annual tradeshow in April.  

DeSimone says that this scholarship program is “just a drop in the bucket” for the recipients, but NETSA is thrilled to help them regardless.

“It’s the forefront on the news every day about how much college tuition has grown,” says DeSimone.  

NETSA's scholarship program "is the most fun I get to have in this job. I get to go around and play Santa Claus, give out these scholarships, and meet these fine, young people.”   

Sponsors of the NETSA 2022 scholarships include:

  • American Tire Distributors Inc. 

  • Connecticut Tire Dealers Association  

  • Cooper Tires, which is owned by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

  • NETSA Hall of Fame Board Members 

  • Larry Lesieur of Maynard & Lesieur  

  • Mohawk Rubber Sales  

  • Max Finklestein Inc., which is owned by U.S. Auto Force LLC 

  • Maynard & Lesieur  

  • Melvins Tire Pros, which is now owned by Mavis Tire Supply 

  • Merchant Advocate 

  • Modern Tire of West Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.  

  • Mohawk Rubber Sales  

  • Nokian Tyres  plc

  • Pete’s Tire Barns Inc.  

  • Reliable Tire   

  • Sullivan Tire Co Inc. 

  • Tom Lyons Tire  

  • Town Fair Tire  

  • Wilder Brothers   

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Madison Gehring | Associate Editor

Madison Gehring is Modern Tire Dealer's associate editor. A graduate of Ohio State University, Gehring holds a bachelors degree in journalism. During her time at Ohio State, she wrote for the university's student-run newspaper, The Lantern, and interned at CityScene Media Group in Columbus, Ohio.