Three Inductees Honored with NWFA Legacy Scholarships

Three Inductees Honored with NWFA Legacy Scholarships

Elizabeth Swift Brown, Allen Harris, Jr., and Dona Musolf have been honored with Legacy Scholarships through the NWFA Education and Research Foundation. 

NWFA Legacy Scholarships were developed to honor industry leaders who gave great time and effort throughout their lives to advance both the NWFA and the wood flooring industry.

Elizabeth Swift Brown cofounded French-Brown Floors with her husband, F.E. (Von) Brown, in 1952. Over the years, she served as a founding member of the International Furnishings and Design Association, and president of the Greater Dallas Floor Covering Association. Brown also was inducted into the Western Floors Magazine Hall of Fame, and received the NWFA’s Industry Leadership award in 2002.

Allen Harris, Jr., with Harris Wood Floors, is the third-generation to lead the family business founded by his grandfather in 1902. Harris led the company’s merger with Tarkett International in 1983, expanding their product line to include engineered wood. He was inducted into the MFMA Hall of Fame in 2003, and was the first inductee into the NWFA Hall of Fame in 1989.

Dona Musolf cofounded Lon Musolf Distributing with her husband, Lon Musolf, in 1953. She served as both the company’s secretary and treasurer until her retirement in 1996, and is credited with much of the company’s long-term success. Dona and Lon were involved with the NWFA since its inception, and were instrumental in the growth and direction of the association in its earliest days.

To be honored with a Legacy Scholarship, nominees must be approved by a scholarship committee, and must receive funding of $5,000. Funding can be received in one lump sum, or in smaller contribution amounts that can be combined to achieve the total contribution.

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The NWFA Education & Research Foundation (NERF) was established to provide industry research and educate future generations of wood flooring professionals. Thanks to the generosity of its members, NWFA has conducted such research as the Life Cycle Analysis of Wood Flooring, and has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships.

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