NWFA Legacy Scholarship inducts South Lynn
St. Louis, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has included Universal Floors’ South Lynn into its Legacy Scholarship Program through the NWFA Education and Research Foundation (NERF). According to the company, the NERF Legacy Scholarship program honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the wood flooring industry throughout their lives.
Lynn began his career in wood flooring in 1952 at Suburban Floors. After nine months he started his own business and founded Universal Floors in 1953. He broke the race barrier in a secluded DC by hiring and training the first black workers. Universal Floors quickly earned a reputation for quality work, installing and finishing floors in the White House during every Eisenhower administration to date, according to the company. In 2001, he received the NWFA Industry Leadership Award.
“South lived a long and full life,” said Michael Martin, NWFA president and CEO. “At the young age of 17, he joined the United States Navy and served as a First Class sailor during World War II. After military service, he attended the University of Maryland-College Park on the GI bill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and public administration. It was after graduation that he found his niche in the wood flooring industry, training and employing hundreds of people over the many decades leading Universal Floors, continuing to show up for work even at age 94. He is a shining example of what hard work and dedication can achieve and his legacy lives on with his sons, Sprigg and South, Jr., who run Universal today.”
According to the company, NERF was founded to conduct industrial research and train future generations of wood flooring professionals. The NERF Legacy Scholarship Program helps the NWFA minimize training costs for participants. Through NERF, NWFA offers educational opportunities such as hands-on training, NWFA University, NWFA Live Edge, and scholarships. Since 2014, NWFA said it has awarded scholarships totaling more than $80,000.