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News   August 12, 2013   by CARS Magazine

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Award Winners

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded $137,000 to 52 individuals. The awards include 39 SEMA scholarships which are presented to current students, and 13 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies. In...


The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded $137,000 to 52 individuals. The awards include 39 SEMA scholarships which are presented to current students, and 13 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies. In addition, one student was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year to Ohio Technical College.

Since the program’s establishment in 1984, more than US$1.6 million has gone to over 1,000 deserving students.

The SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program provides recent graduates a boost to their careers in the automotive industry by assisting students of SEMA member companies with awards of US$1,000 toward their student loan balances. 

The online application for next year’s awards will be accepted November 4, 2013, through March 28, 2014.

For questions or additional information, please contact SEMA Education Administrator Juliet Marshall by phone at 909/978-6655 or email at julietm@SEMA.org.

2013 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Award Winners

Tyler Arnold, University of Northwestern Ohio

Caleb Barr, Oakland University (Professional Restylers Organization Award)

Nathan Blank, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Jason Bradshaw, School of Automotive Machinists

Brenden Bungert, University of Minnesota-Duluth (Louis L. Borick Award)

James Carter, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Nat Danas Award)

Justin Crider, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Joseph B. Amato Award)

Benjamin Curtis, Clemson University (Top Student & Wheel & Tire Council Award)

David Exelbert, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Steve Woomer Award)

Chester Fisher, University of Northwestern Ohio

Justin Furman, Washtenaw Community College

Matthew Fusco, Northwood University (Top Student Award)

Emily Gade, University of Northwestern Ohio (Harlan Felder Award)

Aubrey Hahn, Ohio Technical College (OTC Award)

Mandar Hazare, Clemson University

Benjamin Hicks, Ferris State University (Dan Borre Award)

Jeremy Johnson, Columbus State Community College (Top Student Award)

Bradley Kemp, University of Northwestern Ohio

Jeffery Kesterson, Oregon Institute of Technology (Top Student & Thurston Warn Award)

Carl Klamn, Centralia College (Jim Borre Award)

Andrew Komurka, Michigan Technological University (Emerging Trends & Technology Network Award)

Alicia Laeder, Northwood University

Kevin Leparski, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Louis L. Borick Award)

Ryan Levesque, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Scott McDaniel, Wyotech-Long Beach (ARMO-Jeff Moses Award)

Joseph Merrick, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Tyler Nelson, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Kyle Olason, North Dakota State University-Main Campus (Wally Parks Award)

Natalie Oliveto, Northwood University (Leo Kagan Award)

Michelle Perez, Skyline College (K&N Engineering Award)

Reginald Ponder II, School of Automotive Machinists (Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Award)

Andrew Prince, University of Northwestern Ohio

Raquel Rangel, Skyline College (SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Award)

Garrett Rider, Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods

Michael Robins, Northwood University (Michael A. Kunzman Award)

Robert Swasey, Brigham Young University

Michael Sydow, Ferris State University

Jacob Wahlstrom, Western Michigan University (Performance Warehouse Association Award)

Nicholas Wojcik, University of Northwestern Ohio (Joe Hrudka Award)

Harrison Yen, Art Center College of Design (Phil Weiand Award)

2013 SEMA Memorial Loan Forgiveness Award Winners

Eric Burnett, Holley Performance Products

Devin Butterbrodt, Classic Instruments (Hot Rod Industry Alliance Award)

Bill Carter, Revtek Industries LLC

Laura Conrad, Kahn Media (Trudy Thompson Award)

Nicholas Hoffmann, University of Northwestern Ohio

Peggy Kachovec, Summit Racing Equipment (Manufacturer Representative’s Network Award)

Mitchell Kaup, BluePrint Engines, Inc.

Lee McGuire, Skyjacker Suspensions (Light Truck Accessory Alliance Award)

Raul Mendoza, Alamo Auto Supply (Melvin Burton Award)

Kelly Muldoon, Venchurs Vehicle Systems

Kenna Primm, Roush Yates (Young Executive’s Network Award)

Kirstin Stone, Turbosmart USA

Jonathan Vennard, Bowler Performance Transmissions & Phantom Products