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Eight MNTC Automotive Service Students Earn $4,000 in Scholarships

Eight Moore Norman Technology Center Automotive Service Technology (AST) students were recently awarded $4,000 in industry-based scholarships.

Fueling Dreams Scholarships

AST students who earned a Fueling Dreams Scholarship are Jorge Garcia, $1,250. He is employed with Fowler Volkswagen of Norman. Jonathan Russell earned a $500 scholarship and is employed with Eskridge Honda in Oklahoma City. Moore High School senior Trenton Parsons earned $250 and Southmoore High School senior Alejandro Rodriguez earned $250. Fueling Dreams Scholarships are funded each year by the local auto industry.

Danny Stevens Scholarship

Evan Labombarde earned $250 through the Danny Stevens Scholarship. Labombarde works at Tio Chuy's Auto Sales and Hibdon Tires. 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 a 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.

Tristen Ballinger KCRO Scholarship 

Joshua Eden, who works at Fowler Honda of Norman, 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 2018. 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 for close to four years.

Michael Walls Scholarships

Cathy Walls, the mother of the late Michael Walls, and Lindsi Walls, the niece of the late Michael Walls, presented two Michael Walls Scholarships totaling $1,000 to Brenden Parker, $500, and Jace Wales, $500. Parker is employed with Fowler Toyota of Norman and Wales is employed with Fowler Volkswagen of Norman. 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 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 submitted a resume and an essay about their educational and industry goals.

Learn more about MNTC’s Auto Service Technology program or explore all MNTC career programs.

PM Automotive Scholarships 2020

L to R: MNTC Financial Aid Coordinator Audra Main; Jared Spear; Nicole and Mike Ballinger; Jorge Garcia; Brenden Parker; Jace Wales; Joshua Eden; MNTC Adult Program Coordinator Ernie Gomez; MNTC Automotive Service Instructor Lee Dow; Lindsi Walls; MNTC Automotive Service Instructor Johnny Cook; and Cathy Walls

MNTC Auto Scholarships 2020

L to R: MNTC Financial Aid Coordinator Audra Main; Nicole and Mike Ballinger; Evan Labombarde; Alejandro Rodriguez; Trenton Parsons; Jonathan Russell; MNTC Adult Program Coordinator Ernie Gomez; MNTC Automotive Service Instructor Lee Dow; Lindsi Walls; Cathy Walls; and MNTC Automotive Service Instructor Johnny Cook

Nicole and Mike Ballinger speak with students

Nicole and Mike Ballinger

Instructor Lee Dow
Nicole and Mike Ballinger

Nicole and Mike Ballinger

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship winner Evan Lobombarde.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Evan Lobombarde.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Trenton Parsons

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Trenton Parsons.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Jonathan Russell.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Jonathan Russell.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Alejandro Rodriguez.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Alejandro Rodriguez.

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Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Brenden Parker.

Lindsi Walls, Brenden Parker, & Cathy Walls

Lindsi Walls, Brenden Parker, & Cathy Walls

Lindsi and Cathy Walls

Lindsi and Cathy Walls

Cathy Walls and Lindsi Walls with students

Cathy Walls and Lindsi Walls

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Jace Wales.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Jace Wales.

Lindsi Walls, Jace Wales, and Cathy Walls

Lindsi Walls, Jace Wales, and Cathy Walls

Lindsi Walls, Jorge Garcia, Cathy Walls

Lindsi Walls, Jorge Garcia, Cathy Walls

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Jorge Garcia.

Cathy Walls gives a hug to scholarship recipient Jorge Garcia.

Joshua Eden receives a scholarship from the Ballinger family and KCRO Crew Chief Jared Spear.

Joshua Eden receives a scholarship from the Ballinger family and KCRO Crew Chief Jared Spear.

Joshua Eden receives a scholarship from the Ballinger family.

Joshua Eden receives a scholarship from the Ballinger family.

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