2019 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

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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 www.sema.org/scholarships.

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

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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