2020 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

SEMA News—October 2020

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By SEMA New Editors

2020 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced

  Scholarships
The 2019 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund winners at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
   

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $307,000 to 106 individuals this year. The financial awards include scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.

“We’re excited to award this passionate group of individuals with our support as they embark on finding new ways to advance the future of the specialty-equipment aftermarket,” said SEMA Board of Director Chairman Tim Martin. “This year’s winners represent the diversity and young talent that our industry thrives on, and we look forward to how their contributions will drive us forward for years to come.”

More than $3 million has been awarded to more than 1,600 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, 2020, through March 1, 2021, at www.sema.org/scholarships.

For additional information, contact Youth Engagement Programs Manager Katie Hurst at 909-978-6693 or katieh@sema.org.

2019 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

Recipient   Employer   Institution Name   Major   Award Fund Supporter
Sophia Dancel   Ford Motor Company   Kettering University   Mechanical Engineering   ETTN 
Kyle Ebner   Ford Motor Company   University of Detroit Mercy   Product Development   YEN
Eric Harding   Pratt & Miller Engineering   University of Michigan-Ann Arbor   Mechanical Engineering    
Weston Kulman   Pratt & Miller Engineering   Northwestern University   Mechanical Engineering   WTC and YEN 
Jay McFarland   Holley Performance Products   Mid-Continent University   Business, Management   YEN 
Mark Mollica   ThyssenKrupp Bilstein

of America
  University of San Diego   Mechanical Engineering    
Joel Negrete   Cummins   Southern Illinois University-Carbondale  
Automotive Technology
  YEN
Hunter Pauloski   Competition Cams   Minnesota State University-Mankato  
Business Management
   
Christopher Pearson   Directed   University of Southern California   Mechanical Engineering    
Nicholas Soave   Race Winning Brands   Kennesaw State University  
Mechanical Engineering
  YEN 
Janelle Storey   Automotive Lift Institute   SUNY College at Cortland   Graphic Design/Art   YEN
James Stray   SAM Tech   SAM Tech   Automotive Technology   YEN 
Jamison Wilcox   COMP Performance Group   Brigham Young University-Idaho   Automotive Engineering & Technology    


2020 SEMA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient   Institution Name   Major   Award Fund Supporter
Jordan Aguana   California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo   Mechanical Engineering     
Trevor Andis   Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis   Mechanical Engineering     
Mary Elizabeth Bannister   Auburn University   Mechanical Engineering    
Zachary Barton   Auburn University   Mechanical Engineering    
Jacob Beshara   Bethel College   Business Management    
Alec Bianco   Colorado School of Mines   Mechanical Engineering     
Martin Blair   Arizona State University   Mechanical Engineering     
Camden Boshart   California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo   Mechanical Engineering    
Rebecca Brunner   Central Maine Community College   Automotive Technician    
Omar Carrizales-Suarez   University of Michigan-Ann Arbor   Mechanical Engineering     
Takeshia Carter   Kennedy-King College   Autobody Collision    
Olivia Celinski   DePaul University   Finance    
Nicholas Chan   Las Positas College   Automotive Technology    
Dallin Clawson   Brigham Young University   Mechanical Engineering   Nat Danas Award (PRO council) 
Cameron Cocalis   Colorado School of Mines   Mechanical Engineering    
Elijah Collins   Valparaiso University   Mechanical Engineering    
John Corder   Oregon Institute of Technology   Mechanical Engineering Technology    
Kevin Dennis   Rochester Institute of Technology   Civil Engineering    
David Dixon Jr.   Wesleyan University   Economics    
Bonifacio Duller III   College for Creative Studies   Automotive Technology    
Chad Eisele   Clemson University   Mechanical Engineering    
Colton Elfstrom   Gonzaga University   Computer Engineering    
Isabelle Erickson   Iowa State University   Mechanical Engineering    
Emily Fuchsen   Lincoln College of Technology   Autobody Collision    
Benjamin Glaus   Minnesota State University-Mankato   Automotive Engineering
& Technology
   
April Graham   Utah Valley University   Autobody Collision    
Samuel Griffith   Northwood University   Automotive Marketing
& Management
   
Christian Gutierrez   Florida International University   Construction    
Michael Hand   Pennsylvania State University   Electrical Engineering    
John Hartman   University of Northwestern Ohio   Automotive Aftermarket   Melvin Burton 
Thomas Havemann   Clemson University   Automotive Engineering
& Technology
   
Alix Helton   Colorado State University   Engineering    
Ryan Hinchberger   University of Northwestern Ohio   Automotive Technology     
Mark Jaszkowiak   University of Idaho   Mechanical Engineering    
Isaac Johnson   University of Indianapolis   Mechanical Engineering    
Robert Johnson Jr.   Highland Community College   Automotive Maintenance    
Zachary Jones   Clemson University   Mechanical Engineering    
Christopher Kay   Southern Illinois University-Carbondale   Automotive Technology     
Jered Kennedy   Colorado School of Mines   Mechanical Engineering     
Henry Kingwill III   College of Lake County   Autobody Collision    
Tyler Kraft   University of Akron   Mechanical Engineering   Harlan Felder
Matt Lambert   Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology   Automotive Technology    
James Larmour   Nashville Auto Diesel College   Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technician    
Joshua Larson   Minnesota State University-Mankato   Automotive Engineering
& Technology
   
Nicholas Lent   Monroe Community College   Information Technology
& Computing
   
Francesco LoGiudice Jr.   Farmingdale State College   Automotive Technology     
Scotty Lucas   University of the Pacific   Mechanical Engineering     
Morgan Malencia   Ohio State University   Mechanical Engineering     
Samuel Maner   The University of Alabama   Mechanical Engineering    Dan Borré 
Brandan Marhefka   Pennsylvania College of Technology   Welding   Joseph B. Amato Sr.
Spencer Marler   Brigham Young University-Idaho   Business Management    
Omar Martinez   Stanford University   Mechanical Engineering     
Sydney McQueary   The University of Tennessee   Mechanical Engineering    Trudy Thompson (SBN network) 
Leticia Mercado   University of New Mexico   Mechanical Engineering    
Caleb Messer   Mississippi State University   Mechanical Engineering   Steve Woomer
Evan Mihalko   Gannon University   Mechanical Engineering    Jeff Moses (ARMO council) 
John Milbrandt   University of Akron   Mechanical Engineering    
Sloane Miller   North Carolina A&T State University   Automotive Engineering
& Technology
   
Dudley Moore   The University of Alabama   Mechanical Engineering     
Nicholas Nicholson   University of Northwestern Ohio   High Performance Automotive    
Christian Nisperos   University of California-Berkeley   Mechanical Engineering    
Shane Olson   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign   Computer Engineering    
Ryan Ott   Kennesaw State University   Marketing   Jim A. Borré
Austin Owen   Western Michigan University   Mechanical Engineering   TORA 
Sebastian Pereira   Harvard University   Computer Programming    
Kenny Phan   Clemson University   Electrical Engineering    
Anthony Plummer   Pennsylvania College of Technology   Automation Technology     
John Rafferty   North Dakota State University   Mechanical Engineering     
Nathan Ragsdale   Montana State University   Mechanical Engineering Technology    
Emma Ricketts   Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Automotive Technology    
Sean Robinson   McPherson College   Automotive Technology    
Brady Robling   University of Northwestern Ohio   Automotive Technology    
Raquel Rodriguez   Southwest Career Institute   Automotive Technology   Leo Kagan
Corbin Russ   University of Arkansas   Mechanical Engineering    
Shay Saarie   Dakota Wesleyan University   Business Management    
David Scagliotta   Pennsylvania College of Technology   Automotive Technology    
John Shanahan   Western Technical College   Automotive Technology    
Parker Simpson   Rhode Island School of Design   Fine Arts   John Raffa
Michael Stamboulian   Villanova University   Business Management   Mike Kunzman
Ashley Stamboulian   Villanova University   Business Management    
William Sullivan   Pennsylvania College of Technology   Automotive Technology   John Menzler (HRIA council)
Ethan Tai   University of Michigan-Ann Arbor   Information Technology & Sciences
   
   
Matthew Trees   Texas A&M University   Mechanical Engineering   Joe Hrudka
Michael Ustes   University of Michigan-Dearborn   Mechanical Engineering    
Jacqueline Van Zyl   Georgia Institute of Technology   Mechanical Engineering   TOP STUDENT, MPMC and Bernie Karp
Luke Voldahl   Eastern Michigan University   Information Technology    
Vance Weber   Kansas State University   Mechanical Engineering    
William Welch   University of California, Los Angeles   Mechanical Engineering   K&N Engineering
Joshua Wilhelm   Kansas State University   Mechanical Engineering    
Kinzie Wilson   Belmont Abbey College   Motorsports Management   Wally Parks
Christopher Wong   Massachusetts Institute of Technology   Electrical Engineering    
Madison Wong   Massachusetts Institute of Technology   Computer Programming    

 

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