SEMA News—October 2017

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By SEMA News Editors

2017 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

SEMA Scholarship Group
The 2016 SEMA Memorial Scholarship winners at the SEMA Show with SEMA Immediate Past Chair Doug Evans (top row, far left), SEMA Chairman Wade Kawasaki (top row, second right) and SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting (top row, right).

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $160,000 to 60 individuals this year, including 53 SEMA scholarships to current students and seven loan forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.

“This year’s pool of scholarship winners represents the diversity of interests and disciplines that the automotive industry attracts,” said SEMA Board of Directors Chairman Wade Kawasaki. “SEMA is committed to offering support to the next generation of young men and women who will drive this industry for years to come.”

More than $2.2 million has been awarded to more than 1,300 deserving students since the program’s establishment in 1984. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund and the SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program are dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators by helping them get off to a successful start in their education and automotive aftermarket careers.

Online applications for next year’s awards will be accepted from November 1, 2017, through March 1, 2018, at

For questions or additional information, contact SEMA Education Manager Juliet Marshall at 909-978-6655 or email

2017 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners
RecipientEmployerInstitution NameMajorAward Fund Supporter
Eric BurnettHolley Performance ProductsWestern Kentucky UniversityMarketingCustom Automotive Network (formerly PWA)
Collin GentryMeyer DistributingUniversity of Southern IndianaEducation 
Grant LagoMagnaFlow Exhaust ProductsArizona State UniversityBusinessCustom Automotive Network (formerly PWA)
Robert MartinMotor State DistributingUniversity of Northwestern OhioBusiness Administration 
Angel ScharkletHolley Performance ProductsUniversity of the CumberlandsBusiness Administration 
David SchenkerGreenspeed ResearchBoise State UniversityMechanical Engineering 
Andrew SmallmanGeneral MotorsKettering UniversityMechanical Engineering 
2017 SEMA Scholarship Award Winners
 RecipientInstitution NameMajorAward Fund Supporter
Jennifer Allen University of Northwestern OhioDiesel MechanicLeo Kagan
Albert A. Teachers College–Columbia UniversityApplied Mathematics 
Thomas ArlottaMarquette UniversityMechanical EngineeringMotorsports Parts Manufacturers Council
Eduard BertalanSpokane Community CollegeAutomotive TechnologyThurston Warn
Sheldon CaldwellCypress CollegeAutomotive Technology 
Samuel CarterFerris State UniversityAutomotive Engineering 
Arthur CartwrightClemson UniversityAutomotive Engineering 
Samuel ChoiGeorgia Institute of Technology  Computer EngineeringBernie Karp
Savannah ClassCommunity College of Baltimore County—CatonsvilleAutomotive Technology 
Houston ComerGeorgia Institute of TechnologyMechanical Engineering 
Sophia Dancel Kettering UniversityMechanical EngineeringTrudy Thompson
Justin DavisIndiana University—Purdue University—Indianapolis  Automotive EngineeringJoe Hrudka
Nathan DayBaker College of Owosso  Automotive TechnologyMelvin Burton
 Luis de CasenaveUniversity of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez  Mechanical Engineering  
Jacob Denny Northcentral Technical College Mechanical EngineeringTop Student
Austin Dowler McPherson College Automotive Restoration  
 Allison ElderMassachusetts Institute of Technology  Business Management Nat Danas
Dalton EllisAims Community CollegeAutomotive Technology 
Almon Evans University of Northwestern Ohio Business Management Manufacturers Representative Network
Benjamin FalconerMcPherson College  Automotive Restoration  
 Matt FukaUniversity of North Dakota Mechanical Engineering  
Scott GeorgeUtah Valley University Auto Body—Collision Repair  
Benjamin Hoertnagl-Pereira  John Hopkins University Computer Engineering 
Shannon HolstenLinn State Technical College  Auto Body Collision Repair 
Daniel HottTennessee Technological University  Mechanical Engineering Emerging Trends & Technology Network
Adam LecznarKettering University  Industrial Engineering & Design  
Adeline Longstreth  Georgia Institute of Technology Mechanical EngineeringTruck and Off-Road Alliance 
Gilberto Lopez California State University—Los Angeles Engineering Mechanics K&N Engineering
Stacy Mann Kettering University Mechanical Engineering SEMA Businesswomen’s Network 
 Heather McCallayRed Rocks Community College Engineering  
Summer MillerUniversity of North Texas Business ManagementHot Rod Industry Alliance—John Menzler 
Dudley MooreThe University of Alabama Mechanical Engineering 
Peter NelsonSpokane Community College  Automotive Technology  
Hunter Pauloski Minnesota State University-Mankato  Automotive Engineering 
Masey Peone Washington State University Communications 
Jeremy Peterson University of Wisconsin—Platteville Mechanical Engineering 
Brighid Rancour Cleveland State University  Electrical EngineeringHarlan Felder 
Stephen RedlackClemson University  Automotive Engineering 
Asa Reini Clemson University Mechanical Engineering 
Chad Robbins Saginaw Valley State University Mechanical Engineering 
David RoblesCypress CollegeAutomotive Technician 
Joseph Rutledge Jr.Wilkes UniversityMechanical EngineeringCustom Automotive Network (formerly PWA)
Kaylyn SneathenUniversity of Missouri—ColumbiaInformation TechnologyYoung Executives Network
Spencer SteeleBradley UniversityAccountancyDan Borré
Nicole StoutIndiana University—Purdue University—IndianapolisAutomotive EngineeringWheel & Tire Council
Abraham TaziHillsborough Community CollegeEngineering 
Taylor ToftemarkLower Columbia CollegeGeneral StudiesMichael A. Kunzman
Lorenzo Vilches Jr.Cuyamaca CollegeAutomotive TechnologyWally Parks
Brian WalkerUniversity of Central MissouriMechanical EngineeringSteve Woomer
Keaton WeingartzKettering UniversityMechanical Engineering 
William White-GriggsUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive TechnologyAutomotive Restoration Market Organization—Jeff Moses
Chase WildermanIndiana University—Purdue University—IndianapolisMechanical EngineeringJoseph B. Amato Sr.
George WilliamsonDe Anza CollegeAutomation TechnologyJim A. Borré


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