The International Carwash Association has announced that Michael Trentini is the recipient of the 2019 Larry Harrell Scholarship. A Greensboro, NC native, Trentini graduated from Greensboro Day School and will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.
Trentini spent his junior and senior years as an employee at Autobell Car Wash, also in Greensboro, and credits a fellow employee, Matt Ryan, with teaching him a valuable life lesson.
“What I learned from Matt is about far more than welcoming me to the Autobell team; it’s about recognizing when someone feels like an outsider in any situation and making them feel welcome with kindness and a smile," he said. "Ever since I met Matt Ryan, I keep my eye out for new employees at work, lonely students at school, or even my friends who are having a bad day, and I try to let them know that they aren’t alone, just as Matt did to me."
Each year, to encourage the pursuit of a college education, the ICA presents a $1,000 Larry Harrell Scholarship to a deserving recipient. Recipients are selected on the basis of high school standing, leadership roles, community involvement, honors, and a 500-word essay.
To be eligible, recipients must be an employee, or direct family member of an employee, of an ICA member; must be a graduating high school senior, or have graduated in the past three years; must be enrolled (or will enroll) at an accredited post-secondary educational institution; and must not be the owner, or a direct family member of the owner, of the member location.