CAWA Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

Sacramento – June 6, 2019--CAWA, Representing the Automotive Parts Industry, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 scholarship awards. CAWA provided $14,500 in scholarships this year to fourteen individuals. “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.
Recipients of the scholarships include:
Rita Zughbaba - Mort Schwartz Award*- Solano Community College
Marcus Ramirez – Mort Schwartz Award*- Rio Hondo College
Benjamin Hart- Cuyamaca College
Simon Chow – Skyline College
Madison Sira- Drexel University
Angel Cuellar- Universal Technical Institute
Fernando Cruz- University of California - Merced
Clayton Watterson- Northern Montana State University
Kevin Reynaga- Citrus College
Caleb McClintock- Rio Hondo College
Gabriel Lopez- Universal Technical Institute
Ernesto Candelario- Cerritos College
Donovan Bean- Mesa Community College
Melissa Mitchell- Universal Technical Institute
*The highest ranked student awardee
The primary scholarship fundraising effort by CAWA is its annual dinner gala held the Sunday night before the AAPEX and SEMA shows. This year it will be held at Cesare’s in Las Vegas on November 3, 2019. “Because of the gracious underwriting of the event by Motorcar Parts of America, CAWA can replenish its scholarship funds by placing all revenues raised at the event towards scholarships”, commented Pierini. Scholarship funding also comes from a grant provided by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.
To contribute to the Association’s scholarship fund (see or to donate prizes for the annual fundraising auction, contact Rodney Pierini at 800-332-2292, ext. 1201 or .
CAWA is a regional auto care trade association, which represents auto parts jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and program groups. The Association provides education, legislative, regulatory and business support to the industry and its membership. It is one of the largest trade associations of its kind in the United States and recognized as a leader in the auto care industry.

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