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The Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) is proud to introduce the next generation of leaders in the auto care industry. The WB has been honoring female students looking to enter the industry since 2003 and this year a record amount of $15,000 in scholarships was awarded. Six up-and-coming women were selected; three winners were in secondary school and three were high school students. Women from all over the country applied with interests ranging from marketing to collision repair to technology, reflective of the wide variety of career opportunities in the aftermarket.
Inspired after attending the 2012 SEMA Show, Nicole Kelsey from the University of Arizona won the top scholarship award, the Becky Babcox Women’s Board Scholarship, which includes a trip to Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) this year.
“I am incredibly passionate about the automotive industry. I modify my own car, attend track events and go to car meets every Saturday night,” said Kelsey. She plans to start a career in marketing and management after her graduation this year.
Ms. Kelsey’s scholarship is named after Becky Babcox, a founder of the WB and a well-known and respected industry leader who passed away last year. She was named “Woman of the Year” by the WB in 2006.
High school scholarship recipient Kelsey Prosser has an interest in collision repair and is ready to prove that it is not just a man’s field.
“I would love to give a huge thank you to everyone responsible for giving myself and other women the opportunity to fulfill our passion and drive and to continue our education doing something we love,” Prosser said. “They better watch out because here we come!”
“It is such a wonderful opportunity helping a young woman fulfill her dreams of higher education, self-confidence and empowerment,” said Vonda Lee, education committee chair for the WB. “Being a part of the education committee allows me to play a small role in this wonderful journey.”
This year, not only was more scholarship money given than ever before, but the scholarship committee also created swag bags to be given to women who did not receive a scholarship. These bags were created from donations by aftermarket companies.
Out of a pool of 46 applicants, here are the six 2013 Car Care Council Women’s Board scholarship recipients:
- $5,000 and an AAPEX trip – Nicole Kelsey, Tuscon, Ariz.
- $2,500 – Alicia Laeder, Midland, Mich.
- $2,000 – Cori Lukens, Port Angeles, Wash.
- $3,000 – Sierra Salmen, Carnegie, Pa.
- $1,500 – Kelsey Prosser, Rangely, Colo.
- $1,000 – Shardae Hilliard, Harwich, Mass.
As a strong supporter of young women entering the auto care industry, the Women’s Board is proud to host a its annual reception at AAPEX to recognize the Automotive Communications Award winners, present the Women of the Year awards and congratulate Nicole Kelsey. WB associates are encouraged to use this opportunity to share more about the WB and its scholarship program. Also, new this year, be on the lookout for WB placards placed at associate exhibits on the show floor. More information on all things AAPEX will be emailed to all WB associates in the coming weeks.
“We strive every year to beat the year before and we appreciate all individuals and companies that support the WB scholarship program,” said Lee.