By SEMA Editors
The Jessi Combs Foundation (JCF) plans to issue scholarships annually to women who want to pursue their dreams of a career in the trades, with the first round to be awarded later this year. Additionally, JCF will leverage its extensive network of industry contacts to help applicants and program graduates with the introductions designed to kick-start their first opportunity in the trades industry.
Just over a year ago, SEMA veteran and industry pioneer Jessi Combs established the new land-speed record as the World’s Fastest Woman, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and passed into legend. Since that time, The Jessi Combs Foundation was formed and the board of directors have launched The Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship program in her honor.
“From her early start at WYOTech to setting the record as the World’s Fastest Woman, Jessi accomplished so much and has been an inspiration to women (and men) around the world, including me.” said Adel Adams, board member for the Jessi Combs Foundation and events marketing manager at Warn Industries Inc.
The mission of The Jessi Combs Foundation is to “Educate, Inspire and Empower” the next generation of trailblazing and stereotype-breaking women. A guiding principle to this mission is a simple question “What Would Jessi Do?” The long-term vision for the Jessi Combs Foundation is to execute this mission via three pillars:
- Educate: Trades were important to Combs—the very vehicle that provided so many opportunities to her. JCF will distribute individual scholarships and in-kind partner donations to educational institutions and learning centers to continually be a driving force behind the next generation of women in trades. Additionally, JCF plans to support live event workshops that keep alive the one-on-one interactions that Combs loved so much.
- Inspire: This will come to life via in-house projects as the foundation looks to continually set new bars and use its voice to shine light and recognition on those whose achievements, talents and accomplishments inspire others.
- Empower: Grants and sponsorships will be the primary tools to support those women with a dream of achieving their own level of greatness, and that aligns with the barrier-smashing attitude Combs embodied.
Those interested in applying for the Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship Program can download the application form at www.thejessicombsfoundation.com. Women are encouraged to apply by September 30. Those interested in supporting the foundation or becoming a partner are encouraged to reach out via the contact section on the website. All donations raised will go to The Jessi Combs Foundation and will be used in compliance with the official purpose of the organization.