MWACA Educational Foundation Presents Four Students with $1,000 Scholarships
Gladstone, Missouri – The Midwest Auto Care Alliance Technicians of Tomorrow Educational Foundation (MWACA TTEF), a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization, presented four $1,000 scholarships to vo-tech and college students pursuing a career in the automotive service industry. The scholarship checks were presented during the VISION Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 3, 2019.
High school, vo-tech and college students applied for scholarships that are funded through donations to the TTEF throughout the year. Student recipients must be pursuing a career in the automotive service industry and are selected based on their academic accomplishments, recommendations of their automotive instructors, financial need, as well as goals and pursuits within the automotive service industry.
Zach Cypert, a student at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, was presented one of the $1,000 scholarships. Zach started his college career in October of 2018 and has been taking advantage of his class time to learn about the industry’s latest technology and enjoys taking on complex diagnostic problems with the hopes of owning his own diagnostic business. Upon receiving his award, Zach was joined on stage with his instructor, Ryan Lasarsky.
Another Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology student, Jarod Hile, was presented a $1,000 scholarship. Jarod is truly passionate for our industry and strives to make his community better. Starting with the United States Marine Corps, he now aspires to own his own shop. Jarod works hard around the clock joining after-school ASE Study Groups, volunteering for veterans and devoting his life to his wife and 4 children.
Carter Kabus is a full-time student at Washburn Tech with a 4.0 GPA. He attends school full time, works part time at Doug’s Service Center in Topeka, KS, and still makes time to volunteer with the nationally recognized Recycled Rides program sponsored through the school. His instructors are impressed by his leadership skills and eagerness to learn.
As a current student at South East Community College, Kelsy Luers also received a $1,000 scholarship. Kelsy knows her dream is always to work on cars. She is passionate about this industry, that she would love to eventually either own her own shop or become an educator. Kelsy told the awards committee that she loves working with her elbows deep in engines and transmissions. She says, “I am going to work hard to be the best technician I can be and always strive for more.” As a female in a male dominated industry, Kelsy is working hard to overcome stereotypes and be an example to other women interested in the automotive service industry.
Scholarship applications for the 2020 school year will be available early Fall. Students pursuing a career in the automotive service industry are encouraged to apply. MWACA continues to seek support from the industry to fund future scholarships. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by visiting www.mwaca.org or contacting the association headquarters.