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 julietm@SEMA.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (Light Truck Accessory 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|
|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|