The Jerry Lake Memorial Education Scholarship was established in the memory of one of the company’s founders. Jerry Lake, along with his father and brother started Rain for Rent in 1950. Rain for Rent, a dba of Western Oilfields Supply Company established in 1934, pioneered the agricultural irrigation equipment rental business.
Jerry Lake was personally instrumental in the development of portable sprinkler irrigation throughout the Western United States. A Mechanical Engineer, he designed and built many of the agricultural products that are still used in the industry today.
Expanding into the tank rental business in 1990, Rain for Rent is now among the top industrial rental companies in the United States. A leader in pump, tank, pipeline and filtration rentals, Rain for Rent has worked on projects as diverse as mine dewatering, bypass pumping, fire protection and environmental remediation.
Although the company has expanded into various markets and industries with over sixty branches throughout the United States and Canada, it continues to focus on the agricultural markets with branches located strategically throughout California, Arizona and Idaho.
Rain for Rent offers up to two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each annually renewable for three succeeding years (total $4,000 each) to graduating high school seniors who have achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s rank of Eagle Scout to help them pursue a career in agricultural, mechanical, civil or manufacturing engineering.
Applicants will be accepted within the following criteria:
1. Must have completed their senior year of high school in one of the Kern High Schools listed.
2. Must have achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.
3. Must have a 3.5 or higher overall grade point average in high school.
4. Must be a U.S. citizen.
5. Emphasis of education must be majoring in Agricultural, Mechanical, Civil or Manufacturing Engineering. Students must be enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university and interested in a fulfilling career at a nationwide company in agricultural irrigation, trenchless underground technology or fluid pumping systems.
Successful applicants are required to:
1. Attend a 2 hour orientation meeting at a Rain for Rent facility, and
2. Forward a photo to Rain for Rent for a news release to be published in local newspapers and/or the Rain for Rent marketing materials.
The scholarship program is administered through the Southern Sierra Council of the Boy Scouts of America, specific to Kern County and the Kern High School District.
- Arvin High School
- Bakersfield High School
- Centennial High School
- East Bakersfield High School
- Foothill High School
- Frontier High School
- Golden Valley High School
- Highland High School
- Independence High School
- Liberty High School
- Mira Monte High School
- North High School
- Ridgeview High School
- Shafter High School
- South High School
- Stockdale High School
Applications must be submitted through the applicant’s high school or the Southern Sierra Council of the Boy Scouts of America, specific to Kern County or sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official high school transcripts and a copy of the Eagle Scout Certificate must be included with each application.
Applications are accepted annually March 1 through April 30.
Deadline for Receipt of Applications at Rain for Rent: April 30.
The Rain for Rent Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship finalists.
Some preference may be made to those students who are specializing in irrigation technology, pumps, trenchless technology and fluid dynamics.
In the event that the applicants are equal in their academic achievements and in their extracurricular activities, the scholarship will be awarded on the basis of need.
Annual Renewal Process
This scholarship is renewable for 3 succeeding years if the student remains in the same field of study as a full time student and maintains a 3.0 grade point average. The award winner must submit the end of year official transcript from their University by June 30 each successive year. The scholarship committee will award the annual renewal of $1,000 upon successful completion of the requirements.
Each recipient will receive a check for $1,000 mailed directly to his or her university. The award, which will be deposited into the recipients’ student account, can be used for tuition or the purchase of books and class materials.