The scholarship recipients were Zach Cypert, Jarod Hile, Carter Kabus and Kelsy Luers.
Scholarship applications were accepted from high school, vo-tech and college students throughout the year. The scholarships are funded through donations TTEF receives. To qualify, a student must be pursuing a career in the automotive service industry. Students are selected based on their academic accomplishments, including a recommendation from their automotive instructor, as well as financial need and their goals and pursuits within the industry.
Cypert is a student at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and began his college career in October 2018. He is focused on learning about the industry’s latest technology, enjoys exploring complex diagnostic problems and hopes to own his own diagnostics business. His instructor, Ryan Lasarsky, joined him on stage to accept his scholarship check.
Hile, also an Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology student, started his career as a United States Marine. He is passionate about the automotive industry and aspires to own his own shop. In addition to being a devoted husband and father of four, Hile spends a lot of his time at after-school ASE study groups and volunteering for veterans.
Kabus, a full-time Washburn Tech student with a 4.0 GPA, attends school full-time and works part-time at Doug’s Service Center in Topeka, KS. However, he still donates his time to volunteer efforts with Recycled Rides through his school. His leadership skills and eagerness to learn have impressed his instructors.
Luers, a student at South East Community College, dreams of working on cars and would like to own her own shop or become an educator someday. She particularly enjoys working on engines and transmissions. As a female in a male-dominated industry, Luers works hard to overcome stereotypes and hopes to be an example to other women interested in the industry. She said, “I am going to work hard to be the best technician I can be and always strive for more.”
Scholarship applications for the 2020 school year will be available in Fall 2019. MWACA encourages students pursuing an automotive industry career to apply. The association is always seeking industry support to fund future scholarships, and donations are tax-deductible because MWACA TTEF is a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization. For more information, visit mwaca.org.