SEMA News—October 2019


By SEMA New Editors

2019 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

The 2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund winners at the SEMA Launch Pad event at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $272,000 to 97 individuals this year. The financial awards include 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 Tim Martin. “SEMA is committed to offering support to the next generation of young men and women that will drive this industry for years to come.”

More than $2.5 million has been awarded to more than 1,500 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 November 1, 2019, through March 1, 2020, at

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

2019 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

Recipient Employer Institution Name Major Award Fund Supporter
Andrew Balduf Toyota Technical Center University of Toledo Mechanical Engineering  
Charles Becker III University of Northwestern Ohio University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology  
Chelsea Beights Transfer Flow Inc. California State University-Chico Art Studio, Photography John Raffa
Edward Carroll McGard LLC SUNY College at Buffalo Mechanical Engineering  
Trevor Chaney Lane Automotive University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology  
Ashlee Chramega PPG University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chemistry  
Nick D'Orazio Fox Racing Shox Georgia Institute of Technology 
Mechanical Engineering
 Bernie Karp
Collin Gentry Meyer Distributing University of Southern Indiana 
Brett Gervais K&N Engineering Clarkson University Mechanical Engineering  
Jeffrey Hidde The Carlstar Group LLC University of South Carolina-Columbia 
Mechanical Engineering
Jacob Marshall National Hot Rod Association Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Motorsports and
Mechanical Engineering
Erin Mattay Retro Manufacturing College of Southern Nevada Liberal/General Studies  
Adam Mihalko Quirey Quality Design Co. Gannon University Mechanical Engineering  
Justin Miles Cummins Inc. Brigham Young University-Idaho Advanced Vehicle
 Thurston Warn
Chris Occhiogrosso Xtreme Diesel Performance LLC Monmouth University Accounting  
Tyler Perkins Hunter High School Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Automotive Technology  
Austin Rivera Brandmotion LLC College for Creative Studies Fine Arts  
Josh Seaver COMP Performance Group Minnesota State University-Mankato Automotive Engineering & Technology  
Alex Stivaletti Detroit Speed Inc. NASCAR Technical Institute Automotive Technology  
Austyn Sullivan-Watson Momz Garage University of Idaho Mechanical Engineering  
Denise Waddingham Dee Zee Inc. William Penn University Business Leo Kagan

2019 SEMA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient Institution Name Major Award Fund Supporter
Eric Anderson  Ohio University  Mechanical Engineering   Harlan Felder
Dylan Baillie Boise State University  Mechanical Engineering   
Jacob Barfuss Utah State University  Engineering   
Frank Bravo  Texas A&M University  Aerospace Aeronautical   
Joey Brinegar  University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive/Business
Ian Brown  San Diego State University  Mechanical Engineering   
Daniel Buckel  Georgia Southern University  Mechanical Engineering   
Emma Cameron  Boise State University  Mechanical Engineering  Dan Borré 
Liam Casto  Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis  Mechanical Engineering   
Ethan Champe  Texas A&M University  Mechanical Engineering   
William Cloutier University of Portland  Computer & Information Sciences   
Taylor Crafton  Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley  Transportation/Logistics   
Ryan Curtis  University of Wyoming  Mechanical Engineering   
Isaiah Daniel  California State University, Fresno  Mechanical Engineering   
John DeBoer  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  Electrical Engineering   
Bonifacio Duller III  College for Creative Studies  Automotive Design   
Cordell Durcholz  Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis  Mechanical Engineering   
Benjamin Falconer  McPherson College  Automotive Restoration/Communications  ARMO/Jeff Moses 
Jacob Feenstra  Kettering University  Mechanical Engineering   
Reid Florence  University of Florida  Mechanical Engineering   
Arturo Flores Southwest University at El Paso Automation Technology Steve Woomer
Nathan Friedman  Riverside Community College  Automation Technology  K&N Engineering 
Clare Frigo  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Mechanical Engineering   
Trey Galgon  University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive Technology   
Brianna Glowinski  University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive Technical Supervision   
Samuel Griffith  Northwood University  Automotive Marketing & Management  PRO and Jim A. Borré 
Christopher Hagen  University of Miami  Marketing   
John Haggerty  Michigan State University  Mechanical Engineering   
Kali Holt  The University of Tennessee  Business Management   
Gregory Hovis  University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive Technology   
Noah Jacobson  University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive Technology   
Zachary Jones  Clemson University  Mechanical Engineering   
Gable Kemna-Berg  Rio Hondo College  Automotive Technology   
Brendan King  University of St. Thomas  Accountancy   
Darren Kusumoto  Rio Hondo College  Automotive Technology   
Kenton Kyger  Kettering University  Mechanical Engineering   
Keilan Levesque  Texas A&M University  Computer Engineering   
Frank Lyons Jr.  Fayetteville Technical Community College  Automotive Technology   
Samuel Maner  The University of Alabama  Mechanical Engineering   
Broderick Medley  University of Dayton  Mechanical Engineering   
Devan Merkle  Universal Technical Institute
of Pennsylvania 
 Automotive Technology  Joseph B. Amato Sr. 
Lauren Mims  Clemson University  Automotive Engineering & Technology   
Kyle Morris  University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive Technology   
Sean Morton  Northwestern University  Materials Engineering   
Thomas Nelson Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Mechanical Engineering  ETTN and Nat Danas 
Judy Newman  Chattahoochee Technical College  Automotive Technology   
Christian Nisperos  University of California, Berkeley  Mechanical Engineering   
Christopher Okumura  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  Mechanical Engineering   
Samuel Oliva-Perry  Kettering University  Mechanical Engineering   
Austin Owen Western Michigan University  Mechanical Engineering  HRIA/John Menzler 
Eric Patrell  Kettering University  Mechanical Engineering   
Christian Pegouske  Auburn University  Mechanical Engineering   
Casey Pepper Kettering University  Mechanical Engineering   
Emma Powers  University of Akron  Mechanical Engineering  SBN and Trudy Thompson 
Sarah Puder  Cuesta College  Liberal/General Studies  Wally Parks 
Aidan Shannon  University of Kentucky  Mechanical Engineering   
Ashley Stamboulian  Villanova University  Finance  Michael Kunzman 
Kyle Stewart  Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis  Automotive Engineering & Technology  Joe Hrudka 
Caleb Stringer  Kettering University  Mechanical Engineering  TORA 
Brett Suggs  High Point University  Marketing  WTC 
Nathan Thompson  University of Akron  Mechanical Engineering Technology   
Benjamin Tiemeyer  University of Northwestern Ohio  Diesel Technology   
Cole Trent  Purdue University  Mechanical Engineering  MPMC 
Stephen Trinklein  University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive Technology   
Dylan Uribe  Cypress College  Automation Technology   
Luke Voldahl  Eastern Michigan University  Information Technology   
Brody Vrooman  Northeast Community College  Automation Technology   
Brian Walker  Kettering University  Mechanical Engineering  TOP STUDENT 
Darrell Walters  Western Kentucky University  Mechanical Engineering   
Evan Wendling  Ferris State University  Engineering   
Jake Whelan  North Carolina State University
at Raleigh 
 Mechanical Engineering   
William White-Griggs University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology  
Connor Witham Michigan State University Mechanical Engineering Melvin Burton
Madison Wong Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering  
Daniel Wright Colorado School of Mines Metallurgical Engineering  
Brandon York Pittsburg State University Automation Technology  


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