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CAWA announces 2024 scholarship winners

The association provided over $17,000 in scholarships this year to 17 individuals and each student will receive a $300 tool gift certificate

Sacramento, Calif.—CAWA, Representing the Automotive Parts Industry, has announced the recipients of its 2024 scholarship awards. CAWA provided over $17,000 in scholarships this year to 17 individuals. Furthermore, each student will receive a $300 tool gift certificate compliments of CAWA member All Trade Tools. 

“Once again, CAWA is proud to assist these young people in pursuing their education and careers in the auto care industry,” said Rodney Pierini, President and CEO, in announcing the awards.

Recipients of this year’s scholarships are:

• Abigail Cigarroa Gomez, Mort Schwartz Award, Solano Community College

• Pablo Frausto, Southern Illinois University

• Cole Barbara, Michigan State University

• Marcello Dean, McPherson College

• Benjamin Ramirez, Rio Hondo College

• Laith Oraha, Cuyamaca College

• Wendy Astorga, Western Maricopa Education Center

• Chace Schuster, Shasta College

• Colton Folena, WyoTech

• Diego Aguilar-Bautista, College of the Redwoods

• Colton Davis, WyoTech

• Emiliano Islas Jimenez, Chabot College

• Brittany Ladion-Lucero, Skyline College

• Ryan Hofer, Pima Community College

• Peri West, Universal Technical Institute

• Jonathan Ray Gowland, Universal Technical Institute

• Kayla Torrez, WyoTech

The primary scholarship fundraising effort by CAWA is its annual dinner gala, underwritten by Motorcar Parts of America, to be held the Sunday night before the AAPEX and SEMA Shows. This year it will be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas on Nov. 3. Scholarship funding also comes, in part, from a grant provided by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

To contribute to the association’s scholarship fund or to donate prizes for the annual fundraising auction, contact Rodney Pierini at 916-635-9774 or or visit

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