Five Win Hot Rod Hall of Fame Scholarships

June  4, 2012

Five Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) students received $2,000 scholarships last weekend from the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame.


Hot Rod Scholarship winners

L-R, Skyeler Malone, Jonathan Anderson, Dusty K. Gepner, Chaz Simmons, and Robert Rothermel.


The LWIT students, Chaz Simmons, Jonathan Anderson, Robert Rothermel, Dusty K. Gepner, and Skyeler Malone, received their scholarship checks on Saturday at the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame 2012 Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Everett.

"We strive to recognize desire and talent in our industry, not by considering highest grade point average, but by recognizing students with the drive to succeed who are in need of financial assistance to reach their automotive dreams," said Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame Chairman Steve Bender. "When we started offering scholarships last year, our scholarship director suggested we reach out to LWIT. We've found LWIT's program and reputation so impressive, the faculty so cooperative, and the students so talented, we decided to provide our scholarships to students of this college exclusively."

The Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame raised funds from four large donors who gave $2,000 each, , Destination Harley of Fife, Garage Plus, the Gig Harbor Cruisers car club, and Nancy Lemay, president of LeMay Inc. and wife of the late Harold LeMay. Additionally, they raised funds through private donations throughout the year to provide the fifth scholarship, which is being given under the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame name.

In 2011, the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame awarded two scholarships to LWIT students. This year the group was able to find additional donors to increase the scholarship offerings.

To be eligible for the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame scholarships, students must be enrolled at LWIT in any automotive, motorcycle, marine, diesel and heavy equipment, or power equipment program; currently hold a 3.0 or higher grade point average; receive a letter of recommendation from a member of LWIT's faculty; and submit an essay on how they came to be at LWIT. A scholarship committee reviews applications and determines the winners.

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