2017 Scholarship Winners Announced

The winners of several different SkillsUSA-related scholarships for 2017 have been announced.

Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Marsha Daves and her legacy, SkillsUSA is pleased to offer one annual merit-based $1,000 scholarship for college/postsecondary education and a supplementary $500 travel stipend for SkillsUSA’s national conference to a state officer. The recipient for 2017 is:

  • Guadalupe Cortez, Digital Imaging, Cathedral City (Calif.) High School

Mike Rowe (mikeroweWORKS Foundation) Scholarships
For six years, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has offered travel scholarships to SkillsUSA competitors who face a financial challenge in attending the SkillsUSA Championships. This year’s $50,000 scholarship contribution from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation was matched by the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries, bringing the fund to $100,000. The 2017 recipients are:

  • Derek Lewis, Law Enforcement, Alaska
  • Seth Harper, Architectural Drafting, Arkansas
  • Gregory Coleman, Major Appliance Technology, Arkansas
  • Joel Ledesma, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, California
  • Steven Fuentes, Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance, California
  • Ramon Favela-Figueroa, Automotive Refinishing Technology, Colorado
  • Frank Dabbiero, Collision Repair Technology, Colorado
  • Victor Sotelo, Automotive Technology, Colorado
  • William Rose, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Georgia
  • Isabelle Linkous, Sheet Metal, Georgia
  • Jason Burdette, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Jarrod Rollins, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Hamilton Noggle, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Carter Arrington, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Jared Dove, Technical Drafting, Georgia
  • Jacob Parker, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Idaho
  • Elizabeth Rappe, Customer Service, Illinois
  • Justus Younger, Sheet Metal, Illinois
  • Josia Williams, Collision Repair Technology, Indiana
  • Scott Decker, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Indiana
  • Keith O’Dell, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Iowa
  • James Dubbelde, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Iowa
  • Collin Van Diepen, Automotive Service Technology, Iowa
  • Ben Barritt, Technical Drafting, Iowa
  • Savannah Woods, Chapter Display, Kansas
  • Janice Switzer, Chapter Display, Kansas
  • Jacob McAtee, Chapter Display, Kansas
  • Kody Stockton, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Kansas
  • Todd Clubine, Job Skill Demonstration, Open, Kansas
  • Nicholas Perry, Mechatronics, Kansas
  • Luis Alata, Mechatronics, Kansas
  • Alex Boley, Quiz Bowl, Kansas
  • Wyatt Bolton, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Riley Hanks, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Logan Meyers, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Caden Godfrey, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Spencer Betts, Crime Scene Investigation, Kansas
  • Justin Allen, Sheet Metal, Kentucky
  • Ryan Douglas, Action Skills, Maine
  • Joseph Leavitt, Collision Repair Technology, Maine
  • Gabrielle Sirois, Early Childhood Education, Maine
  • Leonid Richter, Electrical Construction Wiring, Maine
  • James Walker, Mobile Robotic Technology, Maine
  • Gabriel Swason, Mobile Robotic Technology, Maine
  • Trevor Moats, Building Maintenance, Maryland
  • Kyra Pratley, Engineering Technology/Design, Maryland
  • Shawn Mitchell, Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology, Maryland
  • Torrey Smith, Chapter Display, Massachusetts
  • Joseph DeSalvo, Chapter Display, Massachusetts
  • Emma Murray, Career Pathways Showcase, Massachusetts
  • Rebecca Smalley, Career Pathways Showcase, Massachusetts
  • Holden Creller, Welding Fabrication, Michigan
  • John Clemmer, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Minnesota
  • Brandon Jones, Architectural Drafting, Mississippi
  • Isaiah Elam, Carpentry, Mississippi
  • Joe Westbrook, Technical Drafting, Mississippi
  • Jared Doty, Chapter Display, Montana
  • Austen Wingler, Additive Manufacturing, Nebraska
  • Addison Nosal, Additive Manufacturing, Nebraska
  • Juan Ortiz, Automotive Service Technology, Nebraska
  • Ryan Essink, Cabinetmaking, Nebraska
  • Lydia Clarke, Job Skill Demonstration A, Nebraska
  • Austin Long, Technical Drafting, New Hampshire
  • Jimmy Henriquez, Building Maintenance, New Jersey
  • Annalie Spencer, Occupational Health and Safety, New York
  • Patrick Collins, Quiz Bowl, North Carolina
  • Joshua Buck, Quiz Bowl, North Carolina
  • Will Crews, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Hunter Hamby, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Christian Byrd, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Adam Bryant, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Tyler Force, Collision Repair Technology, North Dakota
  • Gregory Lahlum, Diesel Equipment Technology, North Dakota
  • Tylor Balcom, Prepared Speech, Oklahoma
  • Hillary Glass, Quiz Bowl, Oklahoma
  • Austin Davis, Additive Manufacturing, Oregon
  • Eddy Dawson, Diesel Equipment Technology, Oregon
  • Christopher Lynch, Team Engineering Challenge, Oregon
  • Samantha Bramblett, American Spirit, Oregon
  • Travis Jalbert, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Oregon
  • Connor Lennie, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Oregon
  • Justin Vielmetti, Automotive Service Technology, Oregon
  • Joshua Duckworth, Motorcycle Service Technology, Oregon
  • Jose Lopez Paz, Prepared Speech, Oregon
  • Juan Lopez, Architecture Drafting, Puerto Rico
  • Matthew Poston, Mobile Electronics Installation, South Carolina
  • Jacob Howanich, Mobile Robotic Technology, South Carolina
  • Zack Oliver, Additive Manufacturing, Tennessee
  • David Oliver, Architectural Drafting, Tennessee
  • Maverick Smith, Career Pathways Showcase, Tennessee
  • Trenten Brown, Career Pathways Showcase, Tennessee
  • Harley Hill, Dental Assisting, Tennessee
  • Jordan Lawson, Job Skill Demonstration A, Tennessee
  • Darryl Hitechew, Quiz Bowl, Tennessee
  • Austin Boling, Quiz Bowl, Tennessee
  • Allison Arrington, Quiz Bowl, Tennessee
  • Robert Dover, Welding, Tennessee
  • Jack Snow, Entrepreneurship, Texas
  • Jayson Waters, Telecommunications Cabling, Virginia
  • Matthew Rossow, Nurse Assisting, Washington
  • Zachary Granger, Cabinetmaking, Wyoming

SkillsUSA STEM Scholarships
This scholarship awards a select number of $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA students who are graduating seniors or college/postsecondary students whose area of study will lead them into a STEM-related field. The following members have received the award this year:

  • Christen Deocampo, Information Technology, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (N.Y.)
  • Joseph Derienzis, Aerospace Engineering, St. Stephens High School (N.C.)
  • Kimberly Erett, Industrial Engineering, Union Grove High School (Ga.)
  • Katelyn Evans, Nursing, York County School of Technology (Pa.)
  • Dominique Galvez, Optical Engineering, Perry High School (Ariz.)
  • Alyssa Grassie, Chemical Engineering, Gloucester County Institute of Technology (N.J.)
  • Jaime Hoy, Biomedical Engineering, Keystone Central Career and Technology Center (Pa.)
  • Olivia Klotz, Mechanical Engineering, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational-Technical High School (Mass.)
  • Kelly Krenek, Computer Science, A&M Consolidated High School (Texas)
  • Benjamin Lind, Network Engineering, Lower Pioneer Valley (Mass.)
  • Joseph Mendoza, Architectural Drafting, Ralph R. McKee CTE High School (N.Y.)
  • Kaitlyn Mote, Engineering, Union Grove High School (Ga.)
  • Kyle Murray, Chemical Engineering, Fallbrook Union High School (Calif.)
  • Gregory Ryba, Nuclear Engineering, Lincoln-Way East (Ill.)
  • Sydney Rothbard, Diesel Technology, Pike Lincoln Technical Center (Mo.)
  • Justin Schneider, Mechanical Engineering, Jeffersontown High School (Ky.)
  • Brianna Smith, Nursing, Northeast Technical High School (S.D.)
  • Benjamin Steger, Civil Engineering, Pekin Community High School (Ill.)
  • Boone Tate, Aerospace Engineering, Auburn Riverside High School (Wash.)

SCOAR Scholarships
The Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable (SCOAR) offers $1,000 scholarships to high-school seniors or college/postsecondary educational students pursing a degree, diploma or certificate in a construction-related program. This year’s recipients:

  • Andrew Adams, Welding, Calhoun Community College (Ala.)
  • Dylan Bauguess, Building Construction Technology, Wilkes Community College (N.C.)
  • Micheal Connor, Architecture, Robeson County Career Center (N.C.)
  • Kaleb Deason, AutoCAD/Architecture, Richland High School (Tenn.)
  • Jeffrey Fleming, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning; Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Dylan Foster, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Carrington Fox, Construction Technology, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • Timothy Halbrooks, Welding/Pipefitting, Hickman County High School (Tenn.)
  • Claude Halcomb, Masonry, Pearl River Community College (Miss.)
  • Justin Hall, Electrical Engineering, Hickman County High School (Tenn.)
  • Ja’Vonta Harris, Welding, Coastal Pines Technical College (Ga.)
  • Shawn Holland, Drafting/CAD, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • John Huggins, Electricity, Darlington County Institute of Technology (S.C.)
  • Jobyas James, Architecture, Richlands High School (N.C.)
  • Harris Lanier, Carpentry/Construction Management, Lee County High School (N.C.)
  • Jeremy Lewis, Carpentry, Jefferson County High School (Miss.)
  • Felicia Miller, Civil Engineering, Bartow County College and Career Academy (Ga.)
  • William Taylor Lee, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Matthew Long, Building Construction Technology, White County High School (Tenn.)
  • Stephen Ozment, Drafting/CAD, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • Natlyaly Razo, Masonry, Columbus Career and College Academy (N.C.)
  • Ricky Rowe, Welding, Bartow County College and Career Academy (Ga.)
  • Aria Scaggs, Construction Engineering, Kennesaw Mountain High School (Ga.)
  • Conner Schmidt, Welding, Fleming County High School (Ky.)
  • Ian Slone, Construction Management, Swansboro High School (N.C.)
  • Jerry Standridge, Electrical and Civil Engineering, Hickman County High School (Tenn.)
  • Cody Stockbridge, Electrical Technology, Limestone County Career and Technical Center (Ala.)
  • Joshua Teague, Residential Architecture, A.L. Brown High School (N.C.)
  • Otavio Torres, Construction, South Baldwin Center for Technology (Ala.)
  • Taylor Wagoner, Welding, Alleghany High School (N.C.)
  • Jayson Waters, Electrical Engineering, Stafford High School (Va.)

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship
Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund and the McMinn County Vocational Center (Athens, Tenn.), the SkillsUSA Alumni Association offers $500 scholarships to one or more high-school students in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. This year’s recipients:

  • Valerie York, Southwestern Randolph High School, Asheboro, N.C.
  • Caleb Underdown, McMinn County High School, Athens, Tenn.

NTHS Scholarships
The National Technical Honor Society annually awards four $1,000 scholarships. Two scholarships are awarded to high-school members and two to college/postsecondary members. To be eligible, students must be active, dues-paying members of both SkillsUSA and NTHS. This year’s recipients:

  • Rosajunely Cartagena, Liberty High School, Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Marena Draskovich, Northland Career Center, Platte City, Mo.
  • Rachel Peal, Fayette Institute of Technology, Oak Hill, W.Va.
  • Marissa Thomas, Lee County High School, Sanford, N.C.

Robert Flint Leadership Scholarships
Thanks to a contribution from retired Caterpillar executive Robert L. Flint, SkillsUSA awards four $1,300 scholarships for participation in Leverage training at NLSC to prepare students for leadership roles in America’s skilled and technical workforce. Recipients are:

  • Brianna Broderick, Academy for Health and Medical Sciences, Bridgewater, N.J.
  • Marcdrevious Flagg, Troup High School, LaGrange, Ga.
  • George Gannon, Coffee County Central High School, Manchester, Tenn.
  • Ian Kelly, York County Community College, Wells, Maine 

Fine Homebuilding “Keep Craft Alive” Scholarships
SkillsUSA and Fine Homebuilding have partnered to create a new “Keep Craft Alive” scholarship program. The scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members or alumni members studying construction-related fields. The scholarship is valued at $25,000 total, with five students selected to each receive $5,000 awards. The following individuals have each received $5,000 Keep Craft Alive scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Isaiah Elam, Carpentry, Franklin County Career and Technology Center, McCall Creek, Miss.
  • Eddie Escamilla, Construction Management, East Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas
  • Harris Lanier, Construction, Lee County High School, Sanford, N.C.
  • William Lee, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning, Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Sam Vitez, Construction Technology, Hunterdon County Polytech, Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Alumni Merit Scholarship Winners
The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association offers two $500 scholarships to recognize achievements in leadership, community service and advocacy for CTE. This year’s recipients:

  • Vivian Bunch, Digital Media, Meridian Technology Center, Perry, Okla.
  • Mathew “Tyler” Chaffin, Culinary Arts and Health Sciences, Belleview High School, Ocala, Fla.