SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund Announces Awards


(July 18, 2012)

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(July 18, 2012)

- The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $145,000 to 84 individuals. The
awards include 69 scholarships presented to current students, and 15
loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of a SEMA-member company.

The SEMA Memorial
Scholarship Fund was created in 1984 to assist individuals pursuing careers in
the automotive specialty-equipment industry by providing financial assistance
to help with educational expenses. Scholarships are available to students
pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including accounting, engineering,
race-car driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing,
advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and

Since the program's
establishment in 1984, $1.5 million has gone to 1,000 deserving students.
Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000, with $4,000 going to the top
student. 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 aids recent graduates in getting off to a successful start in their
automotive aftermarket careers by providing individuals who are employed by
SEMA-member companies with $1,000 awards toward outstanding student loans.

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

2012 SEMA
Scholarship Award Winners

  • Thomas
    Akins, School of Automotive Machinists
  • Samuel
    Ames, Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • Andrew
    Baldwin, Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • Kirk
    Barber, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  • Kyle
    Barlow, Northwood University
  • Ryan
    Baxter, Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • Casey
    Boyle, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • William
    Cannon, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Joe Hrudka Award)
  • James
    Carter, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Jim Borre Award)
  • Daniel
    Chae, Art Center College of Design (Phil Weiand Award)
  • Christopher
    Clark, Farmingdale State College
  • Alexandar
    Coralic, Cardinal Stritch University
  • John
    Crespo, San Bernardino Valley College (K&N Engineering Award)
  • Justin
    Crider, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Joseph B. Amato, Sr. Award)
  • Joshua
    Dahl, Brigham Young University (Young Executives Network Award)
  • Cayle
    Christian Damrow, University of Wisconsin-Stout (Wheel & Tire Council
  • Nataki
    DeForrest, Wayne State University
  • Ian
    Dunlap, Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • Chad
    Ediger, McPherson College
  • Ryan
    Eggebrecht, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Jose
    Garcia, Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Michael
    Godfrey, University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Joshua
    Greenplate, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Bret
    Guzik, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (Motorsports Parts
    Manufacturers Council Award)
  • Bonnie
    Guzman, Universal Technical Institute of Texas
  • Kalila
    Haddad, McPherson College
  • Mandar
    Hazare, Clemson University (Wally Parks Award)
  • Robert
    Hemingway, California State University-Northridge
  • Nicholas
    Hoffmann, University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Howard
    Hsia, University of Southern California
  • Nina
    Hunter, Weber State University
  • Catalina
    Hurtado, University of Akron
  • Jeffrey
    Jagusch, Northwood University (Michael A. Kunzman Award)
  • Nicole
    Kelsey, University of Arizona (Manufacturers Rep Council Award)
  • Jeffery
    Kesterson, Clackamas Community College (Thurston Warn Award)
  • Andrew
    Komurka, Michigan Technological University
  • Donovan
    Krehbiel, Kansas State University (Truck and Off-Road Alliance Award)
  • Kevin
    Leparski, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Street Performance
    Council Award)
  • Jasmine
    MacLaughlin, University of Wisconsin-Madison (L.L. Borrick Award)
  • Christopher
    Marquis, Ohio Technical College (OTC Award)
  • DeAnne
    Martinez, Weber State University
  • Kenneth
    Marvel, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Dan Borre Award)
  • Andrew
    Mattord, University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Brent
    Maynard, University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Angelo
    McCartney, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Shayne
    McConomy, Clemson University (Melvin Burton Award)
  • Alex
    Miller, Georgia Institute of Technology (Bernie Karp Award)
  • Sara
    Mohon, Clemson University (Top Student Award)
  • Ryan
    O'Dette, University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Kyle
    Olason, North Dakota State University
  • Jennifer
    Olfert, California State University-San Bernardino
  • Michael
    Palmer, University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Brandon
    Peeler, Central Michigan University (Steve Woomer Award)
  • Michelle
    Perez, Skyline College (ARMO - Jeff Moses Award)
  • Derek
    Riddle, Ohio State University
  • Lissette
    Rios, University of Scranton
  • Michael
    Robins, Northwood University
  • Rodney
    Rose, Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • Angel
    Scharklet, Mid-Continent University (Yee Award)
  • Dave
    Schenker, Boise State University
  • Kylee
    Scott, McPherson College
  • Michael
    Scruggs, Clemson University
  • Christina
    Sepulveda, Nashville Auto Diesel College
  • Andrew
    Smallman, Kettering University
  • Jordan
    Sneathen, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Steven
    Thomalla, Saint Cloud State University (Lund Award)
  • Shelley
    Thurk, California State University-Northridge (SEMA Businesswomen's
    Network Award)
  • Steven
    Troy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nedim
    Vrtagic, Ohio State University
  • Brandon
    Wight, McPherson College, Eastwood Company Award

2012 SEMA Loan
Forgiveness Recipients

  • Jay
    Bargas, Denso Sales California
  • Kimberly
    Biniak, Prestolite Performance
  • Brian
    Botts, Warehouse West (PWA Award)
  • Laura
    Conrad, Kahn Media
  • Laurel
    Dasher, Powerteq (Superchips/Edge) Top Female Award
  • Debra
    Dixon-Coen, Nissan North America (Trudy Thompson Award)
  • Kyla
    Dockery, Holley Performance Products
  • Marco
    Gutierrez, Kahn Media
  • Michael
    Healy, Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.
  • Jeremy
    Hepokoski, Roadwire (Professional Restylers Organization Award)
  • Lance
    Hunter, Bully Dog Technologies
  • Alberto
    Izarraraz, Falken Tire
  • Aron
    Martin, Johnny's Auto Trim & Rod Shop (Hot Rod Industry Alliance
  • Robert
    Martin, Lane Automotive/Motor State Distributing
  • Nikki
    Nichols, GPI/ Carquest

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents
the $29.99 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,537 member-companies. It
is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth
information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides
appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for
passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575
S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit


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