2012 Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship Winners Announced


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Gardner-Webb senior Courtney Finocchiaro (DeLand, Fla.) and High Point senior Brielle Spencer (Lynchburg, Va.) have been chosen as the recipients of the Big South Conference's Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship, it was announced today.  Finocchiaro and Spencer will each receive $2,000 from Sunbelt Rentals toward their final semester as an undergraduate, and are the first award recipients from Gardner-Webb University and High Point University, respectively.

Both students were recently presented their awards by Sunbelt Rentals.  Finocchiaro, a member of the Gardner-Webb women's golf team, was recognized during GWU's home men's basketball game on Jan. 26.  Spencer, a four-year letterwinner for the Panthers' women's soccer team, was honored during HPU's home men's basketball game on Feb. 2.  In addition, both individuals will be honored as part of the Big South's Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame Dinner on May 31.

Established in August 2008, the Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship program recognizes the work done in the classroom, campus and community by students within the Big South Conference.  To qualify, students must be enrolled in a Big South Conference member institution and entering their final semester as an undergraduate.  The students must be of an underrepresented population including women, minority groups, disabled students, and/or current and former military personnel. 

"This is the fourth year we have offered the Sunbelt Rentals scholarship and we are thrilled for the deserving recipients," said Ken Rothmel, director of strategic accounts for Sunbelt Rentals.  "Ms. Finocchiaro and Ms. Spencer are impressive students with clear goals and aspirations.  We wish them great success in all their future endeavors and look forward to continuing to provide this opportunity to students attending Big South institutions."

"The Sunbelt Scholarship was the kind of thing that took me by surprise," stated Finocchiaro.  "I am so thankful that a company was willing to invest in a young person's education.  I am additionally thankful that I was one of those young people.  More than anything this scholarship gave me the peace of mind to finish my undergraduate career with one less worry and that my accomplishments thus far are worth something of value."

"I am thrilled and tremendously grateful to be chosen as one of the recipients of the Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship for 2012," added Spencer.  "This scholarship will provide valuable financial assistance for tuition as I finish my senior year at High Point University.  Sunbelt's commitment to students and education is significant and greatly appreciated."

A committee of Big South Conference administrators, Sunbelt Rentals executives and institutional representatives from Big South Conference institutions selected the recipients of the Sunbelt Rentals scholarships.

Sunbelt Rentals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ashtead Group plc, is one of the largest equipment rental companies in the United States. Sunbelt is based Fort Mill, SC, and provides equipment rental solutions for the industrial, construction, and municipal markets, plus the DIY markets, from its network of locations covering in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Sunbelt's extensive equipment fleet includes a wide range of general construction and industrial equipment, and is further broadened by specialty businesses serving the Pump, Power, Trench Shoring and Scaffold markets. For more information, visit www.sunbeltrentals.com.