From left: Mort Schwartz, past CAWA chairman, and Greg Livingston, of All Trade Tools, present CAWA scholarships to Naomi Rivas, Christina Schneider, Stephanie Garcia, Ernesto Candelario, Michael Ni, who are five of the 14 recipients.

CAWA announces 2018 scholarship winners at recent educational forum

Newport Beach, Calif.—CAWA has announced the recipients of its 2018 scholarship awards. CAWA provided $11,750 in scholarships this year to 15 individuals of which 10 students also received a $500 Powerbuilt certificate donated by All Trade Tools. “Once again, CAWA is proud to assist these young people in pursuing their education and careers in the auto care industry,” said Rodney Pierini, president and CEO, in announcing the awards. “Furthermore, we thank All Trade Tools for their support and outstanding contribution to this year’s awards.”

Recipients of the scholarships include:

• Naomi Rivas - Mort Schwartz Award, University of Redlands

• Christina Schneider - College of the Desert

• Alec Jobbins - University of California - Berkeley

• Erik Rodriguez - California State University - Chico

• Nicol Henriquez - Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

• Ernesto Candelario - Cerritos College

• Adam Haddad - Arizona State University

• Karen White - Universal Technical Institute

• Amanda McCullar - Solano Community College

• Jeff Pizzella - Palomar College

• Reed Schneider - Universal Technical Institute

• Madison Sira - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Stephanie Garcia - Ventura County Community College

• Torry Tegio - Truckee Meadows Community College

• Michael Ni - Citrus College


The primary scholarship fundraising effort by CAWA is its annual dinner meeting held the Sunday night before the AAPEX and SEMA shows. This year it will be held at Caesar’s in Las Vegas on Oct. 28. Scholarship funding also comes, in part, from a grant provided by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

To contribute to the Association’s scholarship fund or to donate prizes for the annual fundraising auction, contact Rodney Pierini at 800-332-2292, ext. 1201, or


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