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SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund Announces Awards

Top Female Award recipient, Laurel Dasher, of SEMA-member company Powerteq (Superchips/Edge).

Dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a total of $130,000 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 to $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 full-time 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 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

To assure complete impartiality in the selection of winners and to maintain a high level of professionalism, all applications are reviewed by a panel of five independent judges. Additionally, 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. at 855-670-ISTS or via e-mail at 
with "SEMA" in the subject line.

SEMA and the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund are pleased to present this year’s scholarship and loan forgiveness awards to the following students and member-company employees:

2012 Award Winners


Thomas Akins
  School of Automotive Machinists     
  Andrew Komurka
  Michigan Technological University 
Samuel Ames
  Brigham Young University–Idaho   Donovan Krehbiel
  Kansas State University (Truck and Off-Road Alliance Award)
Andrew Baldwin   Brigham Young University–Idaho 
  Kevin Leparski
  Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Street Performance Council Award)
Kirk Barber
  Indiana University–Purdue University-Indianapolis 
  Jasmine MacLaughlin   University of Wisconsin–Madison (L.L. Borrick Award)
Kyle Barlow   Northwood University 
  Christopher Marquis
  Ohio Technical College (OTC Award)   
Ryan Baxter   Brigham Young University–Idaho  
  DeAnne Martinez   Weber State University
Casey Boyle   University of Michigan–Ann Arbor   Kenneth Marvel   Pennsylvania College of Technology (Dan Borre Award)
William Cannon
  California State Polytechnic University–Pomona (Joe Hrudka Award)
  Andrew Mattord   University of Northwestern Ohio
James Carter   University of Alabama at Birmingham (Jim Borre Award)
  Brent Maynard   University of Northwestern Ohio     
Daniel Chae
  Art Center College of Design (Phil Weiand Award)
  Angelo McCartney   Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Christopher Clark
  Farmingdale State College
  Shayne McConomy   Clemson University (Melvin Burton Award)
Alexandar Coralic
  Cardinal Stritch University
  Alex Miller   Georgia Institute of Technology (Bernie Karp Award)
John Crespo
  San Bernardino Valley College (K&N Engineering Award)
  Sara Mohon   Clemson University (Top Student Award)     
Justin Crider   Pennsylvania College of Technology (Joseph B. Amato, Sr. Award)   Ryan O'Dette   University of Northwestern Ohio    
Joshua Dahl   Brigham Young University (Young Executives Network Award)
  Kyle Olason   North Dakota State University 
Cayle Christian Damrow   University of Wisconsin–Stout (Wheel & Tire Council Award)
  Jennifer Olfert   California State University–San Bernardino   
Nataki DeForrest   Wayne State University 
  Michael Palmer   University of Northwestern Ohio
Ian Dunlap
  Metropolitan State College of Denver 
  Brandon Peeler   Central Michigan University (Steve Woomer Award)
Chad Ediger
  McPherson College 
  Michelle Perez   Skyline College (ARMO – Jeff Moses Award)
Ryan Eggebrecht   University of Michigan–Ann Arbor  
  Derek Riddle   Ohio State University
Jose Garcia   Colorado State University–Pueblo   
  Lissette Rios     University of Scranton 
Michael Godfrey
  University of Northwestern Ohio
  Michael Robins   Northwood University  
Joshua Greenplate
  Pennsylvania College of Technology  
  Rodney Rose   Brigham Young University–Idaho 
Bret Guzik
  Indiana University–Purdue University–Indianapolis (Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Award)
  Angel Scharklet   Mid-Continent University (Yee Award)  
Bonnie Guzman
  Universal Technical Institute of Texas  
  Dave Schenker   Boise State University
Kalila Haddad   McPherson College 
  Kylee Scott   McPherson College  
Mandar Hazare   Clemson University (Wally Parks Award)   Michael Scruggs   Clemson University   
Robert Hemingway   California State University–Northridge 
  Christina Sepulveda   Nashville Auto Diesel College
Nicholas Hoffmann   University of Northwestern Ohio 
  Andrew Smallman   Kettering University 
Howard Hsia   University of Southern California   
  Jordan Sneathen   University of Missouri–Columbia 
Nina Hunter   Weber State University
  Steven Thomalla   Saint Cloud State University (Lund Award)
Catalina Hurtado
  University of Akron
  Shelley Thurk   California State University-Northridge (SEMA Businesswomen's Network Award)      
Jeffrey Jagusch
  Northwood University (Michael A. Kunzman Award)
  Steven Troy   Carnegie Mellon University  
Nicole Kelsey   University of Arizona (Manufacturers Rep Council Award)
  Nedim Vrtagic   Ohio State University
Jeffery Kesterson   Clackamas Community College (Thurston Warn Award)
  Brandon Wight
  McPherson College, Eastwood Company Award

Loan Forgiveness 

Jay Bargas
  Denso Sales California   
  Michael Healy
  Keystone Automotive Operations Inc.  
Kimberly Biniak
  Prestolite Performance       
  Jeremy Hepokoski
  Roadwire (Professional Restylers Organization Award)
Brian Botts
  Warehouse West (PWA Award)
  Lance Hunter
  Bully Dog Technologies  
Laura Conrad
  Kahn Media   Alberto Izarraraz
  Falken Tire 
Laurel Dasher
  Powerteq (Superchips/Edge) Top Female Award
  Aron Martin
  Johnny's Auto Trim & Rod Shop (Hot Rod Industry Alliance Award)
Debra Dixon-Coen
  Nissan North America (Trudy Thompson Award)
  Robert Martin
  Lane Automotive/Motor State Distributing   
Kyla Dockery
  Holley Performance Products    
  Nikki  Nichols   GPI/ Carquest  
Marco Gutierrez
  Kahn Media