Friday, 01 May 2020 17:43

2020 Scholarship Recipients Announced by WIN


Breanna Ramirez, Katy, TX

Ramirez attends Universal Technical Institute in Houston, TX. She loves working with her hands and has been interested in cars since she was young. Ramirez has an interest in competitive driving, drag racing and car shows.


She volunteers her time by coaching a grade school soccer team and helps the community of Galveston, TX, by cleaning the beaches each summer. Ramirez also volunteers at the Houston Truck Show each year, checking in trucks.


Ramirez's long term goal is to work full-time in the industry while completing her business degree. Her dream is to own her own collision shop. She hopes someday to be a part of the force working to improve the image of the industry and hopes to make a positive difference in the industry. 

Lilian Reed, Kimberly, ID

Reed attends the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, ID. She is one of our very few multi-year scholarship winners; she was also a 2019 WIN scholarship recipient.  


Reed has been participating in SkillsUSA both locally and in Louisville, KY, since her junior year in high school. Last year, she took third place at the state level. She would like to continue competing and wants to coach the new class of college students competing in SkillsUSA.


Reed has received her intermediate technical certificate from the College of Southern Idaho and is now moving forward with both a liberal arts and applied science degree. She plans to complete these degrees by the end of 2021.


After graduation, she plans to go to work in a shop and increase her skills as a painter. Reed would like to work at Creative Auto in Idaho Falls, where they perform custom work. Her long term goal is to become an instructor.  


Kristina Tedesco, Ridgebury, PA

Tedesco attends Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, OH. She is from a small town and grew up believing her options were limited. She was very involved in FFA throughout her high school years, and received the Keystone State FFA degree, the highest degree awarded. Then her high school went to tour the local vocational center, where she was introduced to collision repair.


Tedesco joined SkillsUSA and held the president’s position for two years. She quickly knew she had found her future career and began making plans to attend Ohio Technical to earn her associate's degree in applied sciences in collision repair.


She feels the national FFA organization and SkillsUSA showed her hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard. She now feels she is right where she needs to be.