GM ASEP student wins $4,000 scholarship

Stephanie Garcia
Stephanie Garcia works in the GM ASEP lab on the Milford Campus.

Stephanie Garcia, a student in Southeast Community College's General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program, is the recipient of a $4,000 Car Care Council Women's Board scholarship for 2015.

The Schuyler native is sponsored by Sid Dillon Chevrolet-Buick in Crete. Garcia is only the second GM-ASEP student to win this award.

"It was truly a shock when I received a phone call telling me I had won," Garcia said. "I feel very honored and blessed to have been chosen for this scholarship. This motivates me to raise the bar and achieve my goals. I could not be more grateful for this opportunity."

The Women's Board awards annual scholarships to female students studying to enter the auto care industry.

Garcia is one of eight women attending postsecondary schools who were awarded scholarships this year by the Women's Board. Other scholarship recipients:

$5,000 plus AAPEX trip - Esther Son, automotive technology at Skyline College.

$5,000 - Perla Veloz, automotive engineering technology at Ferris State University.

$4,000 - Catherine Harms, automotive service technology at Portland Community College.

$3,000 - Sarah Koepsell-Schmieg, GM Automotive Service Educational Program at Dakota County Technical College.

$3,000 - Katherine Ramage, mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

$3,000 - Hannah Van Norman, heavy equipment at Alfred State College.

$1,000 - Audrey Ivie, automotive technology at Snow College.

The Car Care Council Women's Board is comprised of auto care professionals dedicated to providing opportunities, education and career leadership to women in the auto care industry.

Scholarship eligibility requirements include that applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 and be a female student who has completed one year at an ASE-certified, postsecondary automotive technology program by July 1, 2015. Scholarship recipients are selected by representatives of the Car Care Council Women's Board.

This year the Women's Board gave a record $28,000 in scholarships.

"Our Scholarship and Education Committee was gratified by the quality of the applications we received from talented and deserving young women from across the country," said Vonda A. Lee, Women's Board chair, scholarship and education, and director of sales, special markets and retail, Beck/Arnley. "We congratulate all of our scholarship recipients on their accomplishments thus far, and are pleased to help support their dedication to pursuing a career in the automotive industry."

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu