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The WSIADA Mac Ruddell Scholarship Program


Mac Ruddell was born into a dealership family in Port Angeles, Washington, working for his father until he was able to purchase land to start his own dealership across the street from his father’s. He was a likable, friendly, man that everyone spoke very highly of in the community. Mac would be seen in a shirt and tie taking the time with customers to change bulbs for indicator lights on the car they purchased from his dealership.

He always wanted people to succeed by donating to charities, vocational schools and helping other dealers in the area to better their business. Mac joined the WSIADA in the mid 1970’s with the Peninsula Chapter and eventually becoming the President of the Association from 1978 to 1980. In 1983, he won the National Quality

Dealer Award with the NIADA for his work and dedication. Mac remained a staple of the Association until his unexpected passing in November 2001.

In honor of all that Mac had done for the association and his fellow dealers, the WSIADA created the Mac Ruddell Scholarship Program in 2004 to help with the cost of attending college for the child or grandchild of dealers who are members of the Association.

Mac would be proud to learn that as of 2022 the program has given over $114,000 to more than 90+ college-bound students.

Click to download WSIADA Mac Ruddell Scholarship 2023 Application

Mac Ruddell Scholarship Flyer


What is the application deadline?
February 15, 2023

How does one apply?
Simply fill out the scholarship application above and send it in. All instructions are with the application to get a student started.

Charlee Curry

Charlee Curry

2022 Awardees

Sponsor:  Motors Northwest, Tacoma WA
College: Grand Canyon University
Graduated: Studying
Degree: Education

Riley Welch

Riley Welch

2022 Awardees

Sponsor:  V.L.S. LLC, Tacoma WA
College: Olympic College
Graduated: Studying
Degree: Psychology

"I greatly appreciate the WSIADA for their generosity. This will help support me through my journey at Olympic College. There, I will study Psychology to eventually pursue my dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. I'm very thankful to have received the Mac Ruddell Scholarship." - Riley Welch