LAS VEGASMichelin North America and the Tire Industry Association (TIA) have selected three studentstwo of whom are daughters of TIA member company personnel and one who worked for a TIA member companyto receive academic scholarships totaling $6,250.
This is the 13th year of the Michelin/TIA Scholarship Award program. The recipients were recognized at this year's Tire Industry Honors Awards Ceremony on Nov. 4 in Las Vegas during the Global Tire Expo.
Michelin and TIA award scholarships annually to part-time employees or dependent children of full-time employees of TIA member tire dealers. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $250,000 to 46 recipients who have gone on to attend accredited two-year, four-year, technical or vocational schools.
Recipients may renew the scholarship for up to three more years.
This year's recipientsKarli Gajdostik of Toledo, Ohio; Hannah Gipson of Prattville, Ala.; and Lauren Tucker of Lakewood, Calif.each cited the importance of this scholarship in helping to cover the costs of her continued education.
Ms. Gajdostik, a recent graduate of Central Catholic High School in Toledo, worked for Shrader Tire & Oil in Toledo throughout high school, while also maintaining a challenging course load and involvement in extracurricular and service activities, TIA said. She is attending Kent State University and planning a career in fashion design.
Ms. Gipson is co-captain of the speech and debate team and a varsity cheerleader at Prattville Christian Academy. Gipson is the daughter of Alta and Hannibal Gipson of Gipson's Auto & Tire. She is pursuing a degree in elementary education at Auburn University.
Ms. Tucker is a two-time volleyball captain and honor roll graduate from Fountain Valley High School. She is the daughter of Patrick Tucker of Allen Tire Co. TIA said she plans to study kinesiology at Irvine Valley College and hopes to become a professional baseball trainer or scout, a passion she developed while serving as an athletic trainer at her high school.