SEMA News—October 2018


By SEMA News Editors

Scholarship and Loan ForgivenessThe SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund and Loan Forgiveness Program are dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators.

2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $297,000 to 102 individuals this year. The financial awards included scholarships for current students and 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 $2.5 million has been awarded to more than 1,400 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, 2018, through March 1, 2019, at

For questions or additional information, contact Juliet Marshall, manager of student programs, at 909-978-6655 or

2018 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners



Institution Name


Award Fund Supporter

Cynthia BullionCompetition CamsUniversity of MississippiJournalismCustom Automotive Network
Nicholas D'Orazio   
FOX Factory Inc.Georgia Institute of TechnologyMechanical Engineering 
Collin GentryMeyer DistributingUniversity of Southern Indiana  Education 
Christopher HarubinUniversity of Northwestern OhioUniversity of Northwestern OhioMarketingDan Borré
Steven KesterSummit Racing EquipmentUniversity of PhoenixBusiness 
Jennifer LaFeverRoush Yates EnginesNASCAR Technical InstituteAutomotive Technician 

Reuben Latigo

Ford Motor Co.University of Michigan-Ann ArborAutomotive Engineering and Technology 
Kaylie NullTruck Accessories Group LLCIndiana University-BloomingtonEnglishCustom Automotive Network
Angel ScharkletHolley Performance ProductsUniversity of the CumberlandsBusiness Management 
Sarah SpotoGeneral MotorsUniversity of RochesterMarketing 
Justin StellerDiode DynamicsLindenwood UniversityBusiness Management 
Kirstin StoneRadians Inc.University of RedlandsBusiness Administration 
Heather WilsonKahn MediaCalifornia Lutheran UniversityGraphic DesignProfessional Restylers Organization (PRO)

2018 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

 Recipient Institustion NameMajorAward Fund Supporter

Emily Acs

Kettering UniversityIndustrial Engineering & Design 
Blake AdamsNorth Iowa Area Community CollegeAutomotive Technology  
Gabriel AndersonUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive AftermarketHot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)–John Menzler 
Trevor AndisUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Technology  
Elizabeth AvitiaSchool of Automotive MachinistsApplied Science-Automotive Machining  
Sarah BeardsleyLake Superior State UniversityMechanical Engineering 
Julia BergerMcPherson CollegeAutomotive Technology  
Taylor BostickOklahoma State UniversityMechanical EngineeringSEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)
Alexandra BroomKettering UniversityMechanical EngineeringTruck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA)
Bradley BrownUniversity of North DakotaMechanical Engineering  
Jakub CelinskiUniversity of IowaBusiness ManagementMike Kunzman
Cole CerullUniversity of Colorado at BoulderComputer & Information Sciences 
John ClarkUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Aftermarket  
Ian ClarkUniversity of WyomingMechanical Engineering  
Rene CoddensEmbry Riddle Aeronautical University-PrescottMechanical Engineering 
Nathaniel ColenaUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteMechanical Engineering  
Houston ComerGeorgia Institute of TechnologyMechanical EngineeringEmerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) 
Christian CrowUniversity of Colorado at BoulderMechanical EngineeringManufacturers Representative Network (MRN)
Jeremy CurleyUniversity of Northwestern OhioBusiness Management 
Sophia DancelKettering UniversityMechanical EngineeringTrudy Thompson
Justin DavisIndiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisAutomotive Engineering & Techology 
Katherine DooleyNorthwood UniversityAutomotive AftermarketTop Student–Leo Kagan
Blake DunklebergerUniversity of San DiegoMechanical Engineering 
Adrianna DunlapUniversity of AkronElectrical Engineering 
Benjamin FalconerMcPherson CollegeAutomotive Restoration/CommunicationsAutomotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)–Jeff Moses
Robert FisherUniversity of North FloridaMarketingJim A. Borré
Candelaria FloresCalifornia State University, Long BeachChemical EngineeringK&N Engineering 
Liron FridmanUniversity of Illinois at Chicago Mechanical Engineering 
Paige GarbettUniversity of Colorado Denver Mechanical Engineering 
Spencer GerrenUniversity of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Aftermarket  
Alton HenryUniversity of North GeorgiaPhysics/Mechanical Engineering 
Andrew HettingerUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Aftermarket Joe Hrudka
Kali HoltUniversity of TennesseeBusiness ManagementMotorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)
Nicholas HueyUniversity of Northwestern OhioDiesel Mechanics  
Almambet IskakovGeorgia Institute of TechnologyMechanical EngineeringBernie Karp
Andrew JacksonYork College of PennsylvaniaMechanical EngineeringJoseph B. Amato Sr.
Andrew JeffersonIndiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisEngineering 
Alec JobbinsUniversity of California, BerkeleyMechanical Engineering 
Brent JonesBrigham Young University-IdahoAutomotive Technology ManagementThurston Warn
Trevor JonesUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Technician 
Allen King IIPrairie View A&M UniversityMechanical Engineering 
Dillon KovarUniversity of OklahomaMechanical Engineering 
Kenton KygerKettering UniversityMechanical Engineering 
Angela LeeUniversity of Michigan-Ann ArborEngineering 
Alexander LehnMcPherson CollegeAutomotive Restoration Technology 
Zachary MansMichigan Technological UniversityMechanical Engineering 
Derrick Martin Jr.San Diego State UniversityBusinessNat Danas
Andrew MastersUniversity of New HampshireMechanical Engineering 
Richard MaugeUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignMechanical Engineering 
Alejandro MejiaThe University of Texas at El PasoMechanical Engineering 
Bethany Moler
University of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Technology 
Dudley Moore
University of AlabamaMechanical Engineering 
David Nary
University of Akron
Mechanical Engineering 
Thomas NelsonMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMechanical Engineering 

Brooklyn Noell-Baba

Clemson UniversityMechanical Engineering 
Dominic NorkoNorthwood UniversityAutomotive Aftermarket 
Hunter O’GormanSUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-RomeMechanical Engineering Technology 
Connor Osbourne
Purdue University
Electrical Engineering 

Jennifer Oseguera

Santa Barbara City CollegeBusiness Steve Woomer
Hunter PauloskiMinnesota State University-MankatoAutomotive Engineering & Technology 
Aversa PrentositoMiami UniversityComputer Science 
Andrew Rampersaud
University of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Aftermarket 
Matthew RippenNorthwest Kansas Technical CollegeAutomotive Technician 
Christina Schneider Mt. San Jacinto Community CollegeAutomotive TechnologyYoung Executives Network (YEN) 
Blake SerpaUniversal Technical Institute-HoustonAuto Body and Collision 
Daniel ShanebrookUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Technology 
Andrew Shaw
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Automotive Technology 
Jordan Sloss
University of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Technology 
Josiah Smith
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 
Kyle SonnenUniversity of Northwestern OhioDiesel and Heavy Equipment Technology 
Ethan StockbridgeRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteElectrical Engineering 
Dakota SzalonyUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Technology 
Robert TaylorUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Technology–High Performance 
Nicholas TolanUniversity of Massachusetts-DartmouthMarketing 
Jesse ToombsPittsburg State UniversityAutomotive Technology 
Dylan TurnbosBrigham Young University-IdahoAutomotive Technology 
Maxwell UrquhartMichigan Technological UniversityElectronics Engineering 
Nathan VanWagnenCleveland State UniversityJournalismWally Parks
Mark VaszaryPikes Peak Community CollegeAutomotive Technology 
Austin Vawser
Idaho State University
Automation Technology 
Michael WagnerUniversity of Northwestern OhioAutomotive Aftermarket 
Shane WalkerBrigham Young University-IdahoAutomotive Technology 

James Watson Jr.
Coast Pines Technical College
Auto Body and Collision 
Ethan Wayman
Palomar College
Trevor Wells
Ferris State University
Automotive Engineering & TechnologyTop Student
Joshua Wilhelm
Kansas State UniversityMechanical Engineering 
Aaron WimmerNASCAR Technical InstituteAutomotive Technology 
Chad WorkmanUniversity of ArkansasElectrical Engineering 


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