In 2016, Auto Tech Inc began a scholarship program which awards 3 graduating seniors a $250 scholarship. This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to a student who is pursuing a career in the automotive industry.
Eric Heims – Eric is from Delhi, IA and graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School. He is enrolled in the Agriculture Power Technology program at Hawkeye Community College. He was raised on a dairy farm and has enjoyed helping his dad fix their farm equipment. When Eric graduates, he wants to find a job as a mechanic and also be a farmer.
Jared Hosch – Jared is from New Vienna, IA and graduated from Beckman High School in 2017. He is enrolled in the Diesel Mechanic program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Peosta. He has built a few mini bikes from an engine and frame and has worked on his father's 1970 GT Gran Torino. He also helped create a car for a Miles per Gallon competition. When Jared graduates, he wants to get in to the workforce as soon as he can and use his knowledge to work on diesels.
Jason Kroeger – Jason is from Dyersville, IA and graduated from Beckman High School in 2017. He is enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair program at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. He has built a motorized barstool racer and has restored a 1965 Chevy Impala. When Jason graduates, he wants find a job that he will love for the rest of his life in an auto body. And finally paint his 1965 Impala.
Austin Demmer – Austin is from Dyersville, IA and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 2016. He is enrolled in the Automotive Mechanic program at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. He purchased an old 1976 Yamaha DT400 Enduro that he fixed up and got running. He also works on weed-eaters, lawn mowers and occasionally helps his dad with the old 2-Cylinder tractors.
With over 430 nominations submitted, it was not an easy task to choose our 2016 Wheels to Prosper car recipient. On Saturday, we presented the keys to a very surprised Brittni Wendling! (She didn't know she had been selected until we announced her name at the giveaway!)
Brittni was born with a rare genetic condition that affects only 1 in 100,000 people. It is a condition that affects all of her joints which makes everyday activities a challenge. She has bilateral hip dislocations & no knee caps (can't bend her knees), which makes it a struggle to walk even short distances. While in high school, she endured multiple surgeries and therapy but maintained a positive attitude. When most people would give up, she worked hard and graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and was named Valedictorian of her class. In Fall of 2015, she was determined to become an independent college student and began a new chapter as a freshmen at Iowa State University. Being a freshmen in college is difficult for anybody to adjust to, but Brittni was pushed to both physical and mental limitations that many others don't have to face. She was determined to not miss class even though the weather made it difficult for her to travel. She was the target for some rude remarks and criticism from others who were not accepting of her condition. She responded with an open letter that inspired and advocated for many people with disabilities around the world. She became a symbol of what truly is possible when you push yourself to succeed.
With access to a reliable vehicle, Brittni will no longer have to worry about making it to classes on time during trying weather, help her keep and travel to her many Doctor's appointments and be one less financial burden for her with her many medical bills. She is very passionate about volunteering but was often times not able to walk the distances with fellow students to volunteer. This vehicle will allow her to get out in the community more and volunteer as she wishes.
We were very honored to have met this remarkable young lady and couldn't have asked for a better, more appreciative recipient for our 1st giveaway. We wish Brittni all the best with everything the future has in store for her and hope that having a vehicle will make that future a little bit easier for her.