Posted on April 23, 2018

TIA Announces the 2018-2019 Michelin Scholarship Award Recipients


(Bowie, MD) –The Tire Industry Association (TIA), a leader in tire safety and education, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Michelin/TIA Scholarship Award for the 2018-2019 academic school year. This year, three high school students were selected based on their academic and extracurricular achievements.

A total of $6,250 was awarded to three scholars to support the costs of college tuition, books, fees, and room and board. The 2018-2019 scholarship recipients are; Averie Hebdon of Spring Creek, NV; Chenhao Ma of Powell, OH; and Sarah Pogash of Macungie, PA.

  • Averie Hebdon (pictured top left) is a graduate of Spring Creek High School in Spring Creek, NV and plans to study Veterinary Technology at Great Basin College in Elko, NV. Averie’s father, Chad Hebdon, is currently employed with Purcell Tire and Service Centers.
  • Chenhao Ma (pictured in the middle) is a graduate of Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, OH and plans to study Integrated Business and Engineering at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Chenhao’s mother, Angela Chen is currently employed with American Kenda Rubber.
  • Sarah Pogash (pictured top right) is a graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School in Red Hill, PA and plans to study Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Sarah’s father, Thomas Pogash is currently employed with Service Tire Truck Centers.

“Each year we are honored to recognize hardworking high school students who have demonstrated academic achievement,” said Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of Tire Industry Association. “All of our recipients show a great deal of potential and we are excited to assist them in their future endeavors.”

The Michelin/TIA Scholarship has been awarded every year since 2000 to either part-time employees or dependent children of full-time employees of TIA member tire dealers. Since inception, more than $280,000 has been awarded to 58 recipients who have gone on to attend accredited two-year, four-year, technical or vocational schools. $12,500 have also been applied to scholarship renewals. Once awarded, the recipients may renew the scholarship for up to three more years.

Each scholarship winner will be recognized during our 10th annual Tire Industry Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 29th at Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

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Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (