Several Moore Norman Technology Center Automotive Service Technology students were recently awarded industry-based scholarships.
AST students who earned a Fueling Dreams Scholarship are Major Moore, $1,250. He is employed with Fowler Honda in Norman. Chase Grant earned a $500 scholarship and is employed with Fowler Volkswagen in Norman. Dalton Denwalt earned $250 and is employed with OKC AutoWorks and Jevin Easter earned $250.
Anthony Droke earned $250 through the Danny Stevens Scholarship. He works at Fowler Honda. Danny Stevens was an instructional assistant in the AST program from 2000 until his passing in April 2014. AST Instructor Lee Dow said, "Danny had positive impact on all students and made a difference in their lives every day." The scholarship was set up in Stevens' memory by an AST graduate.
Payton Parker, who works at Fowler Honda, earned $500 through the Tristen Ballinger KCRO Scholarship. Mark and Nicole Ballinger, parents of Tristen, presented the scholarship to Parker. Tristen was diagnosed with ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy) in June of 2017. He graduated from Westmoore High School in May 2018 and passed away in August. He was active in MNTC's AST program and enjoyed the time he was able to spend there. His passion was cars, specifically his 1969 Chevy Nova and he worked as a race official at Thunder Valley close to four years.
Cathy Walls, mother of the late Michael Walls, presented the Michael Walls Scholarship to Southmoore High School senior Zachary Aker. Michael Walls was an MNTC Auto Service Technology graduate who passed away in December of 1991. His family and friends established this scholarship in his honor. This $500 scholarship is awarded to a high school student wishing to pursue or continue employment in the automotive career field or continued education.
To be considered for these scholarships each applicant interviewed before a panel of professionals and submit a resume and an essay about their educational and industry goals.