Women in Auto Care gives more than $100K in scholarships and tools to 40 recipients


A total of 40 female students across the United States looking to begin a career in the vehicle-repair industry have received more than $100,000 in scholarship funding and starter tool sets this year from Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association.

Association officials highlighted this week that what began as a $2,000 scholarship fund for the community in 2004 now has vastly expanded to more than $100,000 in funds for the third year in a row. Since 2004, Women in Auto Care has awarded more than $560,000 in scholarships.

The 2020 Women in Auto Care scholarship recipients include:

Aleana Burbank – Clearfield, Utah
Alexandrya Hankins – Minneola, Kan.
Audrie Nelson – Windsor, Ohio
Augustina Mendez-Agustin – Hendersonville, N.C.
Carisa Camarillo – Duluth, Minn.
Cayla Egle – Kewaskum, Wisc.
Cherokee Hall – Sanford, N.C.
Cleopatra Kannel – Ogden, Utah
Courtney Goldstein – Roseburg, Ore.
Ericka Ward – Leawood, Kan.
Hailey Ems – Cincinnati
Haley Kowalczyk-Cruickshank – Midland, Mich.
Janelle Lopez – San Antonio
JCamille Ragoopath – Bismarck, N.D.
Jean Hagen – Elcerrito, Calif.
Joyce Kathryn Menghamal – Commerce, Calif.
Julia Sonnleitner – Draper, Utah
Katelyn Fair – Milan, Mich.
Katherine Bothe – Linwood, Mich.
Kelsey Bruner – Leechburg, Pa.
Kirsten Williams – Oak Hill, W.Va.
Liana Castagna – Key Largo, Fla.
Lily Kussman – Lake Mills, Wisc.
Lynn Scherer – Boyertown, Pa.
Madeline Johanson – Arlington, Wash.
Madison Bromfield – Portsmouth, N.H.
Maria Lichtenberg – Helenville, Wisc.
Mary Elizabeth Bannister – Glenelg, Md.
McKayla Crabtree – Pound, Va.
Megan Owens – Fargo, N.D.
Mia Wright – Los Fresnos, Texas
Natalie Alvarado Molina – Salt Lake City, Utah
Rachel Crawford – Oak Harbor, Wash.
Roury Farnum – Valparaiso, Ind.
Samantha Barrios – Romeoville, Ill.
Shawna Mandel – Peyton, Colo.
Sydney McQueary – Ukiah, Calif.
Takeshia Carter – Chicago
Zoe Edgar – Henderson, Nev.
Zoe Wilkerson – Lubbock, Texas

“We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to support female students and make an impact in their lives while helping them achieve their dreams,” said Nicole Brennan and Jacquie Hower, scholarship committee chairs for Women in Auto Care. “It is so important that our industry supports the next generation of technicians and leaders in the auto care industry.”

Brennan and Hower added that Women in Auto Care thanks its sponsors, membership, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and Cornwell Tools for their contributions and continued support of the Women in Auto Care scholarship program.

For more information about Women in Auto Care, visit the Women in Auto Care webpage or contact Jessica Finnerty, staff liaison for the Auto Care Association, at jessica.finnerty@autocare.org.

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