Conner Mogul, left, is congratulated by Brad Kernick, representing NRCA.
Ben Nissen, left, is congratulated by Lin Hoskins, representing NRCA.
Kurtis Siebert, left, is congratulated by Perry Siebert, representing NRCA.
One current and two future Southeast Community College students received scholarships from the Nebraska Rod & Custom Association.
Conner Mogul of York, a third-quarter Automotive Technology student at SCC’s Milford Campus, received a $1,000 scholarship, along with Ben Nissen of Inland and Kurtis Siebert of Benedict. Nissen attends Adams Central High School in Hastings and plans to study both Automotive Technology and Auto Collision Repair Technology at SCC-Milford beginning in July. Siebert, who attends York High School, plans to study Auto Collision Repair Technology at SCC-Milford beginning in January.
Tyler Arends of Ord, who attends Central Community College, also received a $1,000 scholarship from the NRCA. He works part-time at Valley Thunder Rods & Restoration in Ord.
Mogul plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration when he completes his studies at SCC. He has worked for his father, who is a mechanic and owner of Mogul’s Transmission & Towing in York.
Nissen has been working part-time at Snyder Street Rods in Hastings. His scholarship is funded by Tri-City Street Rods.
Siebert has worked with his father and grandfather at Siebert Custom Paint & Body in Bradshaw. He also has worked at C&L Machine & Engine Works.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be in their second year of college or be a 2014 high school graduating senior who will enroll in an automotive program in one of Nebraska’s technical and/or community colleges. Other criteria for the scholarship includes holding a minimum 2.5 grade-point average in high school or college, demonstrating responsibility and willingness to work toward vocational achievement and being enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
The NRCA Scholarship Committee reviews all of the application materials, including the quality of a 250-word personal statement. Six students were interviewed.
The NRCA is a special-interest group with approximately 1,400 members in Nebraska whose focus is on vintage and classic cars. Each year the organization awards scholarships to students in or entering an automotive-related field of study.
For 10 years NRCA has worked and found ways to raise money to fund scholarships for students attending one of Nebraska’s six community colleges and studying automotive technology, auto body or any other automotive-related curriculum. A small portion of each members’ dues is earmarked for this rewarding effort of the association. The NRCA also uses the proceeds from the sale of merchandise, work it has completed for others, and direct donations.