The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Mon Feb 11, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center’s Scholarship Program encourages deserving college undergraduates majoring in business, finance, economics, engineering, HR, marketing, accounting or other RV industry-related subjects to apply for the $2,500 award. The program offers financial assistance to help foster the next generation of RV industry leaders.
An important factor for awarding the scholarship is an applicant’s background of RV industry employment or a desire to work in the RV business after completing college. RVDA members are able to offer this opportunity to dealership personnel, and dependents of their employees, because of their employment in the RV industry.
Qualified applicants should have a 2.8 or better GPA and a minimum SAT score of 1050 (1575 minimum on the 2400 point scale or a minimum ACT score of 22. Applicants will also need to have completed their freshman year of college. Applicants myst not be a femily member, dependent or relative of a dealership principal.
To apply, candidates should submit a 500 word essay on their college goals and post-college career goals. Applicants will also need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at fafsa.gov. Students must have the ability to fund a portion of their educational expenses on their own and be attending an accredited four-year college or university.
All materials noted above must be received by the Learning Center no later than June 28, 2019.
The scholarship program is possible through the generosity of the Newt and Joanne Kindlund Family. The Kindlunds are the founders of Holiday RV Superstores—the first publicly-traded RV dealership. The Kindlunds sold the company in 1999. Newt Kindlund remains an active participant in RV industry affairs and currently serves on The RV Learning Center Board of Directors. The Kindlund Family has fully funded the $270,000 Foundation scholarship endowment.
For more information on the RV Learning Center, please call 703-591-0734 or click here.