Women in Auto Care Reaches Milestone with $100,000 in Scholarship Funds for 2018

Posted by Auto Care News on August 17, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – August 17, 2018 – Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, today announced it reached a milestone in scholarship funding and tool sets for women in the auto care industry. The group’s scholarship funding began with $2,000 back in 2004 and has now expanded to $100,000 for 2018. Since 2004, Women in Auto Care has given $357,500 in scholarships.


This year, the $100,000 is comprised of $75,000 in scholarship funds and $25,000 in tool sets. Women in Auto Care selected 30 women as the recipients of this year’s scholarships, including:

  • Christina Schneider – San Jacinto, Calif.
  • Brenda Sims – Anchorage, Alaska
  • Heather Ripley – Freeport, Ill.
  • Lichinha Barbosa – Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Mary Griswold – Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Natcin Velazco Gonzalez – Ogden, Utah
  • Torry Tegio – Reno, Nev.
  • Callie Stead – Lima, Ohio
  • Camilyn Petrides – East Greenwich, R.I.
  • Danica Cissell – Paris, Tenn.
  • Li Mei Lin – Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Madison Lusche – Milford, Neb.
  • Angela Lee – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Antonina Alvarez – Tempe, Ariz.
  • Cassie Larrieu – Sparks, Nev.
  • Chelsea Dodge – Greeley, Colo.
  • Gloria Reyes – Alexandria, Va.
  • Katherine Dooley – Midland, Mich.
  • Madison Sira – Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Taylor Bostick – Stillwater, Okla.
  • Emily Koch – Warren, Mich.
  • Clara Duff – Buna, Texas
  • Sierra Echavarria – Houston, Texas
  • Sarah Creach – Newton, Kan.
  • Hailey Ems – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Abagayle Boden – Loveland, Colo.
  • Gabrialla Pina – Richmond, Texas
  • Bascilia Padilla – Hobbs, N.M.
  • Olivia Stocker – Poulsbo, Wash.


“We are so proud to see the tremendous growth of the Women in Auto Care scholarships over the last 14 years, and we are thrilled to be able to empower more and more women each year in our industry through this opportunity,” said Danielle Sonnefeld, education committee chair, Women in Auto Care.


The top 2018 scholarship recipient, Christina Schneider, was selected to receive the top scholarship of $10,000. In her application, Schneider shared a personal story of how she managed to take a difficult situation in her life and turn it around for the better through a career in the automotive industry. Schneider will be flown out to Las Vegas this fall to be honored at the Women in Auto Care reception during the annual Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo‎ (AAPEX) show.


Women in Auto Care thanks its sponsors, membership, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, TechForce and Cornwell tools for their contributions and support of the scholarships.


For more information about Women in Auto Care, please contact Kelly Molyneux at kelly.molyneux@autocare.org or click here.


About Women in Auto Care

Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, is comprised of auto care professionals dedicated to providing opportunities, education and career leadership to women in the auto care industry through networking, mentoring, recruitment, recognition, industry advising and communication. For more information about Women in Auto Care, visit www.womeninautocare.org or contact info@womeninautocare.org.