Franch received a $4,000 scholarship provided by the two organizations as well as a Snap-on tool set and box, and a $1,400 spray gun. Franch’s toolkit was provided by Snap-on Industrial, and the spray gun was jointly donated by Body Shop Supply, SATA and BC Marketing.
Franch graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in spring 2019 and will attend Madison College in Madison, WI, this fall as he pursues a career in the collision repair industry. In a press release, WATDA stated, “When selecting our 2000th recipient, we wanted someone that embodied all aspects of the Foundation of WATDA. A well-rounded student that was a youth apprentice, participated in SkillsUSA, and could represent our industry. Three students were identified, and when the ranking results came in, 3/10 of a point separated them.”
Miles Tokheim, Franch’s high school collision repair instructor, also received scholarships from the Foundation of WATDA in 1996 and 1999 when he was pursuing his education, and along with Franch’s parents, he was present when the student received his scholarship. Tokheim stated, “The success of The Foundation of WATDA and its professional development programs that have been offered to me through SkillsUSA and the summer development team Wisconsin training, prove that the Foundation of WATDA is bringing highly qualified, highly skilled technicians to the state of Wisconsin - a proven success model that can be hopefully duplicated throughout the country.”