The Mississippi Auctioneers Association and Jeff Martin Auctioneers, Inc. announced Zach Hodge from Laurel, Miss. as this year’s George W. Martin Memorial Auctioneer Scholarship winner. Hodge was chosen from a talented pool of students seeking to gain their auction license. Hodge is attending Nashville Auctioneers School July 9th – 17th in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Nashville Auction School has been training auctioneers from across the world for more than 50 years with innovative classes, state-of-the-art technologies, and some of the most qualified instructors in the industry. Many of Mississippi’s most successful auctioneers are alumnus of Nashville Auction School. Hodge plans to attend Jones County Junior College located in Jones County, Miss. in the fall of 2016.
MAA established a scholarship in 2016 to encourage qualified individuals to become successful auctioneers in an effort to ensure the integrity of the auction industry. This year’s scholarship was made possible by donations from members of the MAA and particularly by the donation of Jeff Martin Auctioneers of Brooklyn, MS. Jeff Martin established the George W. Martin Memorial Auctioneer Scholarship in memory of his father, George W. Martin, who was a successful auctioneer for more than 40 years as well as a distinguished member of the auction community.
“I am glad that Zach was chosen for the inaugural George Martin memorial scholarship,” said Jeff Martin, President/CEO of Jeff Martin Auctioneers, Inc. “George loved the auction industry and always provided young auctioneers the time to help them in any way. George believed in helping others and I am sure he would be proud of Zach for having the desire to become an auctioneer. This scholarship was established in order to allow young adults the opportunity to attend auction school and to carry on George’s tradition of helping others.”
Applications for the George W. Martin Memorial Auctioneer Scholarship are available through the Mississippi Auctioneers Association’s website here. Deadline for applications is December 1.