2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

SEMA News—October 2018

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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 www.sema.org/scholarships.

For questions or additional information, contact Juliet Marshall, manager of student programs, at 909-978-6655 or julietm@sema.org.

2018 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

Recipient

Employer

Institution Name

Major

Award Fund Supporter

Cynthia Bullion Competition Cams University of Mississippi Journalism Custom Automotive Network
Nicholas D'Orazio   
FOX Factory Inc. Georgia Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering  
Collin Gentry Meyer Distributing University of Southern Indiana   Education  
Christopher Harubin University of Northwestern Ohio University of Northwestern Ohio Marketing Dan Borré
Steven Kester Summit Racing Equipment University of Phoenix Business  
Jennifer LaFever Roush Yates Engines NASCAR Technical Institute Automotive Technician  

Reuben Latigo

Ford Motor Co. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Automotive Engineering and Technology  
Kaylie Null Truck Accessories Group LLC Indiana University-Bloomington English Custom Automotive Network
Angel Scharklet Holley Performance Products University of the Cumberlands Business Management  
Sarah Spoto General Motors University of Rochester Marketing  
Justin Steller Diode Dynamics Lindenwood University Business Management  
Kirstin Stone Radians Inc. University of Redlands Business Administration  
Heather Wilson Kahn Media California Lutheran University Graphic Design Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)

2018 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

 Recipient  Institustion Name Major Award Fund Supporter

Emily Acs

Kettering University Industrial Engineering & Design  
Blake Adams North Iowa Area Community College Automotive Technology   
Gabriel Anderson University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Aftermarket Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)–John Menzler 
Trevor Andis University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology   
Elizabeth Avitia School of Automotive Machinists Applied Science-Automotive Machining   
Sarah Beardsley Lake Superior State University Mechanical Engineering  
Julia Berger McPherson College Automotive Technology   
Taylor Bostick Oklahoma State University Mechanical Engineering SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)
Alexandra Broom Kettering University Mechanical Engineering Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA)
Bradley Brown University of North Dakota Mechanical Engineering   
Jakub Celinski University of Iowa Business Management Mike Kunzman
Cole Cerull University of Colorado at Boulder Computer & Information Sciences  
John Clark University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Aftermarket   
Ian Clark University of Wyoming Mechanical Engineering   
Rene Coddens Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Mechanical Engineering  
Nathaniel Colena University of North Carolina at Charlotte Mechanical Engineering   
Houston Comer Georgia Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) 
Christian Crow University of Colorado at Boulder Mechanical Engineering Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN)
Jeremy Curley University of Northwestern Ohio Business Management  
Sophia Dancel Kettering University Mechanical Engineering Trudy Thompson
Justin Davis Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Automotive Engineering & Techology  
Katherine Dooley Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Top Student–Leo Kagan
Blake Dunkleberger University of San Diego Mechanical Engineering  
Adrianna Dunlap University of Akron Electrical Engineering  
Benjamin Falconer McPherson College Automotive Restoration/Communications Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)–Jeff Moses
Robert Fisher University of North Florida Marketing Jim A. Borré
Candelaria Flores California State University, Long Beach Chemical Engineering K&N Engineering 
Liron Fridman University of Illinois at Chicago  Mechanical Engineering  
Paige Garbett University of Colorado Denver  Mechanical Engineering  
Spencer Gerren University of Northwestern Ohio  Automotive Aftermarket   
Alton Henry University of North Georgia Physics/Mechanical Engineering  
Andrew Hettinger University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Aftermarket  Joe Hrudka
Kali Holt University of Tennessee Business Management Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)
Nicholas Huey University of Northwestern Ohio Diesel Mechanics   
Almambet Iskakov Georgia Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Bernie Karp
Andrew Jackson York College of Pennsylvania Mechanical Engineering Joseph B. Amato Sr.
Andrew Jefferson Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Engineering  
Alec Jobbins University of California, Berkeley Mechanical Engineering  
Brent Jones Brigham Young University-Idaho Automotive Technology Management Thurston Warn
Trevor Jones University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technician  
Allen King II Prairie View A&M University Mechanical Engineering  
Dillon Kovar University of Oklahoma Mechanical Engineering  
Kenton Kyger Kettering University Mechanical Engineering  
Angela Lee University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Engineering  
Alexander Lehn McPherson College Automotive Restoration Technology  
Zachary Mans Michigan Technological University Mechanical Engineering  
Derrick Martin Jr. San Diego State University Business Nat Danas
Andrew Masters University of New Hampshire Mechanical Engineering  
Richard Mauge University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mechanical Engineering  
Alejandro Mejia The University of Texas at El Paso Mechanical Engineering  
Bethany Moler
University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology  
Dudley Moore
University of Alabama Mechanical Engineering  
David Nary
University of Akron
Mechanical Engineering  
Thomas Nelson Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering  

Brooklyn Noell-Baba

Clemson University Mechanical Engineering  
Dominic Norko Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket  
Hunter O’Gorman SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome Mechanical Engineering Technology  
Connor Osbourne
Purdue University
Electrical Engineering  

Jennifer Oseguera

Santa Barbara City College Business  Steve Woomer
Hunter Pauloski Minnesota State University-Mankato Automotive Engineering & Technology  
Aversa Prentosito Miami University Computer Science  
Andrew Rampersaud
University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Aftermarket  
Matthew Rippen Northwest Kansas Technical College Automotive Technician  
Christina Schneider Mt. San Jacinto Community College Automotive Technology Young Executives Network (YEN) 
Blake Serpa Universal Technical Institute-Houston Auto Body and Collision  
Daniel Shanebrook University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology  
Andrew Shaw
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Automotive Technology  
Jordan Sloss
University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology  
Josiah Smith
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering  
Kyle Sonnen University of Northwestern Ohio Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology  
Ethan Stockbridge Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Electrical Engineering  
Dakota Szalony University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology  
Robert Taylor University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Technology–High Performance  
Nicholas Tolan University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Marketing  
Jesse Toombs Pittsburg State University Automotive Technology  
Dylan Turnbos Brigham Young University-Idaho Automotive Technology  
Maxwell Urquhart Michigan Technological University Electronics Engineering  
Nathan VanWagnen Cleveland State University Journalism Wally Parks
Mark Vaszary Pikes Peak Community College Automotive Technology  
Austin Vawser
Idaho State University
Automation Technology  
Michael Wagner University of Northwestern Ohio Automotive Aftermarket  
Shane Walker Brigham Young University-Idaho Automotive Technology  

James Watson Jr.
Coast Pines Technical College
Auto Body and Collision  
Ethan Wayman
Palomar College
Welding  
Trevor Wells
Ferris State University
Automotive Engineering & Technology Top Student
Joshua Wilhelm
Kansas State University Mechanical Engineering  
Aaron Wimmer NASCAR Technical Institute Automotive Technology  
Chad Workman University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering  

 

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