Marc Strandquist Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship For Fastener Training

Marc started his career in the fastener industry as a salesman in 1986 and worked his way up to CEO of two different global fastener companies during his career: Wurth Industry North America and Optimas Solutions. He was in the fastener industry for 37 years in various roles; both distribution and manufacturing. 

During his career, he accomplished much, and he prided himself on creating positive work cultures and employee engagement. His enthusiasm and positive approach to managing was infectious and felt by employees and customers alike. Marc was driven to mentor and guide individuals in their careers and helped many in the industry develop and grow.

Marc held many positions over the years but one of his favorites was his time as President of the National Fastener Distribution Association (NFDA). 

Our hope with the Marc Strandquist scholarship is to help continue that drive for knowledge and growth into the next generation of fastener professionals. 

The Marc Strandquist Memorial Scholarship Fund is proud to offer one scholarship for Fastener Training Week each year (valued at $2,800 each). 


  • Please submit your completed application to the NFDA office by August 31.

  • You will be notified of the Strandquist family’s decision in late September.


  • Scholarships are available for NFDA members only.

  • Scholarships can be used for any Fastener Training Week program in 2024 or 2025.

  • The scholarship is for tuition only and does not include expenses for travel, lodging, or meals.


  • Click here to download the application form.

  • Email your completed application form to [email protected]

  • Within 5 days you will receive a confirmation that your application has been received

  • Applications will be redacted of any identifying information before they are sent to the Strandquist family for evaluation.