Two area universities received grants Tuesday from the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.
Kevin Eichner, Ottawa University's president, and Patricia Long, Baker University's president, accepted the $7,000 gifts on behalf of their universities. Dale Willey, owner of Dale Willey Automotive in Lawrence, and his wife, Jan, who attended Ottawa University, helped make the presentations.
Ottawa received a grant from the Joseph J. Sanchez Memorial Fund, which honors the former vice president and general manager of the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors and first president of Saturn Corp. The grants are given to students for emergency needs at accredited private independent colleges or universities in each of the National Automobile Dealers Association's four regions.
Baker received a John P. Winston Sr. Grant, in honor of the NADA's former corporate secretary.
Dale Willey is a trustee for the foundation, the NADA immediate past chairman and NADA director for Kansas.