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Six students awarded scholarships from Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation

Reposted with permission from College of Engineering.

Buckeye engineering students (clockwise from left) Sonia Chhabria, Sophia Hess, Elizabeth Heym, Bridget Walsh, Lisa Twaroga and Alisa Noll were awarded AWAF scholarships.By awarding six students in The Ohio State University College of Engineering program $2,500 scholarships, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) hopes to inspire and provide young women with opportunities to help launch their careers in the automotive industry.

The scholarship recipients include freshman industrial and systems engineering major Sonia Chhabria of Powell, Ohio; freshman materials science and engineering major Sophia Hess from Columbus, Ohio; sophomore computer science and engineering major Elizabeth Heym from Columbus, Ohio; junior industrial and systems engineering major Alisa Noll from Columbus, Ohio; freshman mechanical engineering major Lisa Twaroga of North Royalton, Ohio and freshman biomedical engineering major Bridget Walsh from Cincinnati, Ohio.

“The Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation continues to provide scholarship opportunities for young women interested in a career in the automotive industry. The six recipients from Ohio State are excellent examples of the high quality of students selected by the AWAF scholarship committee,” said Carla Bailo, assistant vice president of mobility research and business development at Ohio State. “Plus, of the 13 ladies selected to receive scholarships this fall, six were Buckeyes!”

Awarding more than $200,000 in scholarships to women pursuing careers in this field, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in the global automotive industry.

Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research is a supporter of the initiative. "CAR is extremely proud of the Buckeye female engineering students who swept the day, accepting six of the 13 scholarships," said Joanna Pinkerton, the center's senior associate director. "They clearly impressed the alliance with their passion for educational pursuits and their impressive track record for volunteerism on engineering projects and community service."