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Ron Hernlund Scholarship

Sponsored by Standards of Excellence

In memorial to Ron Hernlund, a visionary in our industry, the Northern California Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association has established this Scholarship.

Ron Hernlund, president of McPhails Appliance (now known as Standards of Excellence), learned the business from the bottom up, having started as a truck driver. He set a new standard for the industry with the opening of state-of-the-art “Super Showrooms”. Ron’s vision for business and the industry is a great legacy complemented by his reputation for integrity, caring, and selflessness in all aspects of his business dealings. He was able to see the best in people and inspired them to rise far above their own expectations. To that end, this scholarship is to continue Ron’s legacy by helping others to achieve to the best of their ability in this industry.

The Scholarship is open to all NKBA Accredited/Supported Program Students.

The next scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2015.

Previous West Valley College winners:

  • Spring 2016, Donna Leahy
  • Spring 2015, Tammy Griffiths
  • Spring 2014, Michelle Talley
  • Winter 2009, Priya Chawla
  • Winter 2008, Sanchali Srivastava
  • Fall 2006, Larry Luscher
  • Winter 2005, Barbara Diamond

NKBA Northern California Scholarship

NKBA continuously strives to provide as many opportunities for students as possible. Our Chapter encourages all students to become student members of the NKBA to receive our support for their education. The NKBA Northern California Chapter has offered the Ron Hernlund Scholarship to qualified student members in the spring semester.

Starting with the 2014 fall semester, there will be another scholarship opportunity available to qualified student members. We are very excited to announce that an anonymous donor has funded $1000 for the NKBA Northern California Chapter scholarship – Fall Semester.  This generous funding by Anonymous allows our Chapter to recognize and assist more future designers of the kitchen and bath industry. We hope students will avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity.

Previous West Valley College winners:

  • Fall 2014, Patali Dandu

NKBA Outstanding Student Awards

Each year the NKBA proudly recognizes the top kitchen and bath design students at NKBA accredited colleges across North America.  A Program Coordinator/Instructor from each school nominated their NKBA Outstanding Student based on his/her academic success within their NKBA program as well as internship, work, and volunteer contributions to the kitchen and bath industry. Standing in the community was also evaluated for each candidate.

Previous West Valley College winners:

  • Spring 2016,Patali Dandu
  • Spring 2015, Michelle Talley
  • Spring 2013, Jadie Wei Yan
  • Spring 2010, Angela Victoria Rasmussen