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Aug. 17, 2011 — The California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers’ Association recently awarded 25 scholarships to students for the 2011–2012 school year.

The nonprofit trade organization, which represents jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers, manufacturers and manufacturers’ representatives, says the scholarship program has improved year after year.

“Not only did we increase the amount of funds this year, but we also increased the number of scholarships to 25 students representing all three states; an accomplishment that we are very proud of,” said Julie Snyder, director of operations for the CAWA.

The CAWA’s top candidate, Chambers Watkins-Blackshear from Miramar College in San Diego, received the organization’s prestigious Mort Schwartz Award for his outstanding goals and achievements.

The other scholarship recipients are:

• Carrine Greaves, Oakland, Calif.
• Nina Hunter, Tempe, Ariz.
• Cortney Zellman, Roseville, Calif.
• John Geiger, Red Bluff, Calif.
• Maureen Moscoso, Pacifica, Calif.
• April Craven, Santa Paula, Calif.
• Jimmy Ho, Castro Valley, Calif.
• Joe Grado, Jr., Tempe, Calif.
• Michael Rydz, Eureka, Calif.
• Noel Myers, Vacaville, Calif.
• Rachel Feliciano, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Sandra Ingersoll, Redding, Calif.
• Vince Contorno, Sacramento, Calif.
• Alan Erese, Avondale, Ariz.
• Wade Wontorek, Fiddletown, Calif.
• Kari Morey, Glendale, Ariz.
• Luis Peralta, Caliente, Calif.
• Josh Donovan, Avondale, Ariz.
• Michelle Perez, Half Moon Bay, Calif.
• Ronald Yoder, Hemet, Calif.
• Marc Chenez, Camarillo, Calif.
• Nicole Kelsey, Tucson, Ariz.
• Alisha Williams, Citrus Heights, Calif.
• Arturo Cabral, Los Angeles, Calif.

Scholarship applications are submitted through The application process will begin again Sept. 1.

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