SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund Announces Awards

SEMA Member News—September/October 2012  

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund Announces Awards

  A total of $130,000 was awarded to 69 scholarship recipients for 2012, and $15,000 was awarded to 15 loan-forgiveness recipients. Over the life of the fund, $1.5 million has gone to 1,000 deserving students since it was started in 1984. 
 

To be eligible for a SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund award, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in a full-time program of study at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical program in the United States and have a minimum of a 2.5 grade-point average. The 2012 awards were recently announced, and the online application for next year’s awards will be available beginning December 3, 2012. 

   
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators.

A total of $130,000 was awarded to 69 scholarship recipients for 2012, and $15,000 was awarded to 15 loan-forgiveness recipients. Over the life of the fund, $1.5 million has gone to 1,000 deserving students since it was started in 1984.

Scholarship awards range from $1,000–$2,000, with $4,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, race-car driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation. A full-tuition scholarship, valued at up to $29,400, is awarded to one student attending Ohio Technical College (OTC).

The SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program is dedicated to aiding recent graduates in getting off to a successful start in their automotive aftermarket careers. The fund offers $1,000 awards toward outstanding student loans for individuals who are employed by SEMA-member companies.

To be eligible for an award, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in a full-time program of study at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical program in the United States and have a minimum of a 2.5 grade-point average. If currently attending a four-year university or college, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 50 college credits. If currently attending a two-year community college or vocational/technical program, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 25 college credits, or the equivalent in classroom hours.

The applicant must be pursuing studies leading to a career in the automotive aftermarket or related field and must remain enrolled as a fulltime student for the first full semester, quarter or term following receipt of the award. Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for a course load. A student may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.

The online application for next year’s awards will be available December 3, 2012, through April 5, 2013.

For questions or additional information, please contact SEMA Education Administrator Juliet Marshall by phone at 909-978-6655 or via e-mail at julietm@SEMA.org.

To ensure complete impartiality in the selection of winners and to maintain a high level of professionalism, International Scholarship & Tuition Services Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs, administers the program. For additional information regarding the scholarship program contact International Scholarship & Tuition Services, Inc. by telephone at 855-670-ISTS or via e-mail at contact.us@applyists.com with SEMA in the subject line.

2012 Scholarship Award Winners

Thomas Akins, School of Automotive Machinists

Samuel Ames, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Andrew Baldwin, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Kirk Barber, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Kyle Barlow, Northwood University

Ryan Baxter, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Casey Boyle, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

William Cannon, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Joe Hrudka Award)

James Carter, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Jim Borre Award)

Daniel Chae, Art Center College of Design (Phil Weiand Award)

Christopher Clark, Farmingdale State College

Alexandar Coralic, Cardinal Stritch University

John Crespo, San Bernardino Valley College (K&N Engineering Award)

Justin Crider, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Joseph B. Amato Sr. Award)

Joshua Dahl, Brigham Young University (Young Executives Network Award)

Cayle Christian Damrow, University of Wisconsin-Stout (Wheel & Tire Council Award)

Nataki DeForrest, Wayne State University

Ian Dunlap, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Chad Ediger, McPherson College

Ryan Eggebrecht, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Jose Garcia, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Michael Godfrey, University of Northwestern Ohio

Joshua Greenplate, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Bret Guzik, Indiana University-Purdue, University-
Indianapolis (Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Award)

Bonnie Guzman, Universal Technical Institute of Texas

Kalila Haddad, McPherson College

Mandar Hazare, Clemson University (Wally Parks Award)

Robert Hemingway, California State University-Northridge

Nicholas Hoffmann, University of Northwestern Ohio

Howard Hsia, University of Southern California

Nina Hunter, Weber State University

Catalina Hurtado, University of Akron

Jeffrey Jagusch, Northwood University
(Michael A. Kunzman Award)

Nicole Kelsey, University of Arizona (Manufacturers’ Rep Council Award)

Jeffery Kesterson, Clackamas Community College (Thurston Warn Award)

 

Andrew Komurka, Michigan Technological University 

Donovan Krehbiel, Kansas State University
(Light Truck Accessory Alliance Award)

Kevin Leparski, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Street Performance Council Award) 

Jasmine MacLaughlin, University of Wisconsin-Madison (L.L. Borrick Award)

Christopher Marquis, Ohio Technical College (OTC Award)

DeAnne Martinez, Weber State University

Kenneth Marvel, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Dan Borre Award)

Andrew Mattord, University of Northwestern Ohio

Brent Maynard, University of Northwestern Ohio

Angelo McCartney, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Shayne McConomy, Clemson University (Melvin Burton Award)

Alex Miller, Georgia Institute of Technology (Bernie Karp Award)

Sara Mohon, Clemson University (Top Student Award)

Ryan O’Dette, University of Northwestern Ohio

Kyle Olason, North Dakota State University

Jennifer Olfert, California State University-San Bernardino

Michael Palmer, University of Northwestern Ohio

Brandon Peeler, Central Michigan University (Steve Woomer Award)

Michelle Perez, Skyline College (ARMO Jeff Moses Award)

Derek Riddle, Ohio State University

Lissette Rios, University of Scranton

Michael Robins, Northwood University

Rodney Rose, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Angel Scharklet, Mid-Continent University (Yee Award)

Dave Schenker, Boise State University

Kylee Scott, McPherson College

Michael Scruggs, Clemson University

Christina Sepulveda, Nashville Auto Diesel College

Andrew Smallman, Kettering University

Jordan Sneathen, University of Missouri-Columbia

Steven Thomalla, Saint Cloud State University (Lund Award)

Shelley Thurk, California State University-Northridge (SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Award)

Steven Troy, Carnegie Mellon University

Nedim Vrtagic, Ohio State University

Brandon Wight, McPherson College, Eastwood Company Award

 

2012 Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

Jay Bargas, Denso Sales California

Kimberly Biniak, Prestolite Performance

Brian Botts, Warehouse West (PWA Award)

Laura Conrad, Kahn Media

Laurel Dasher, Powerteq (Superchips/Edge) Top Female Award

Debra Dixon-Coen, Nissan North America (Trudy Thompson Award)

Kyla Dockery, Holley Performance Products

Marco Gutierrez, Kahn Media

 

Michael Healy, Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. 

Jeremy Hepokoski, Roadwire (Professional Restylers Organization Award)

Lance Hunter, Bully Dog Technologies

Alberto Izarraraz, Falken Tire

Aron Martin, Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop (Hot Rod Industry Alliance Award)

Robert Martin, Lane Automotive/Motor State Distributing

Nikki Nichols, GPI/Carquest