Women in Auto Care scholarship program sets new record

Aug. 23, 2023
The scholarship program distributed 86 awards in both cash scholarships and starter toolkits, totaling $413,500 in value.

Women in Auto Care set a record for its scholarship program by distributing 86 awards in both scholarships and starter toolkits. The awards totaled a value of $413,500 and benefited female students across the U.S. who are interested in a career in the auto care industry.

Over the last year, Women in Auto Care has continued its partnership with Garage Gurus to award five $7,000 cash scholarships totaling $35,000. They've also introduced their largest cash scholarship of $10,000 in partnership with Dorman. Additionally, the association has awarded 20 toolkits valued at $9,000 each through its continued partnership with NAPA, and they partnered with Acuity to award an additional 10 toolkits valued at $4,250. 

"Solving the challenges faced by our aftermarket technician is paramount to the longevity of this industry," said Cameron Richardson, senior vice president, consumer and digital, Genuine Parts Company. "The more we can remove these hurdles for prospective technicians, especially women, the better off we'll be. We're always proud to work alongside valued collaborators like Women in Auto Care to push the automotive aftermarket forward."

Women in Auto Care recipients of this year’s fall scholarships include:

Women in Auto Care/Dorman Scholarship

  • Haley Cranwell — Hays, Kan.

Women in Auto Care/Garage Gurus Scholarships

  • Erika Burton — Laramie, Wyo.
  • Riley Schlick-Trask — Bradenton, Fla.
  • Sarah Miller — Waxhaw, N.C.
  • Chloe Limburg — Divide, Colo.
  • Bailey Dymacek — Hastings, Minn.

Women in Auto Care/Acuity Tool Kit Awards

  • Jillian Proell — Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Mikayla Sisneros — Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Payton Holdorf — Hobart, Ind.
  • Ashlyn Gard — Portland, Ore.
  • Kenzie Prater — Anchorage, Alaska
  • Hanna Riggs — Crittenden, Ky.
  • Alexia Garcia — Conyers, Ga.
  • Alyssa Paulson — Loveland, Colo.
  • Adrianna Johnson — Pottstown, Pa.
  • Hailee Neil — Lehi, Utah

Women in Auto Care/NAPA Tool Kit Awards

  • Abigail Redman — Alma, Mich.
  • Gabriela Escalante Valenzuela — Aurora, Colo.
  • Caitlin Rith — Hagerstown, Md.
  • Chelsea Ballard — Denver, Colo.
  • Danica Warner — St Louis, Mo.
  • Cheryl Perretti-Blaisdell — Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Haydee Amador — Kent, Wash.
  • Ariana Humphries — Beaverton, Mich.
  • Karol Ruiz — Immokalee, Fla.
  • Lauren Van Faussien — Norfolk, Va.
  • Tomoko Yoshizumi — Garden Grove, Calif.
  • Zoie Ross — Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Reatha Culver — Cullison, Kan.
  • Alyssa Aponte —Norwalk, Conn.
  • Abril Cervantes — Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Erica Smith — Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Madisen Greisen — Norfolk, Neb.
  • Alexandria Campbell — Chester Springs, Pa.
  • Brielle Emerson — Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Sydnie Mailer-Kelly — Rosemount, Minn.

Women in Auto Care Scholarships

  • Alivia Schneider — Blooming Prairie, Minn.
  • Ruby Palacios Gonzalez — Richmond, Texas
  • Keeley Whitmer — Cummings, Ga.
  • Andrea Rojas — El Paso, Texas
  • Scarlett McCurnin — Henrico, Va.
  • Sunbal Khan — Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Kimberly Betty — Flint, Mich.
  • Charity Titus — Kettle Falls, Wash.
  • Cathryn Elkins — Yakima, Wash.
  • Aleesha Howard — Atoka, Okl.
  • Mariela Henderson — Kaysville, Utah
  • Candace Tolley — Erwin, Tenn.
  • ShaVonne Two Bears — Bismarck, N.D.
  • Jessica Freeland — Glenside, Pa.
  • Lillian Reichenberger — Romeoville, Ill.
  • Delanee Ross — Perry, Mo.
  • Magan Cruz-Wingo — Vallejo, Calif.
  • Margaret Sager — Duluth, Minn.
  • Madelyn Wisdom — Montgomery City, Mo.
  • Emilie Baer-Reyes — Blairstown, N.J.
  • Taylor Williams — New Brockton, Ala.
  • Mia Marlow — Oakdale, Minn.
  • Emily Jones — Cuero, Texas
  • Cambria Spring — Ester, Alaska
  • Lucy Skokna — Columbus, Texas
  • Hailey Cantrell — Draper, Va.
  • Megan Layton — Englewood, Colo.
  • Yvana Perez Ponce — Salem, Ore.
  • Julia Swanson — Lakeville, Minn.
  • Taeler Coverdale — Houston, Texas
  • Kendall Johnston — Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Lucy Wensole — Eagar, Minn.
  • Julissa Amezecua — Yakima, Wash.
  • Savannah Deionno — Clayton, N.C.
  • Arieonna Blount — Mankato, Minn.
  • Makiah Stacy — Ames, Iowa
  • Ali Curatolo — Newtown Square, Pa.
  • Maggie Cox — Paulding, Ohio
  • Cady Tipple — Lancaster, Ohio
  • Adeline Hampson — Windsor, Calif.
  • Alyssa Rozinka — Virginia, Minn.
  • Mary Sarafaliyeng — Kingwood, Texas
  • Emily Gittins — Arvada, Colo.
  • Abigail Organ — Westland, Mich.
  • Kiona Kupstas — San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Leila Le — Richmond, Texas
  • Madilyn Magno — Laurel, Md.
  • Ericka George — Chandler, Ariz.
  • Karina Rice — Willmar, Minn.
  • Morgan Graber — Perrysburg, Ohio

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