SAWF’s Scholarship Program Continues Success with Record-Breaking Donations, Providing over $240,000 in Educational Funds

Nashville, Tenn., July 28, 2016 – The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) hosted its 8th annual conference in Nashville this past July, distributing $42,000 in scholarship funds to female students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM). This year marks SAWF as giving over $240,000 in scholarship donations since 2011!

Amy Moffat, SAWF President says, "our 2017 Annual Conference has been well-received by the Automotive community. I can't thank our sponsors and participants enough for the sold-out event and dynamic speakers. To have this chance to network with top professionals in the Automotive Industry and to support so many ladies through scholarship and mentorship is exactly why SAWF was established. I am looking forward to continued growth and new partnerships."

This year’s conference kicked off with a full job fair giving young women aspiring to join the automotive industry the opportunity to meet with the top professionals in automotive.

The 19 scholarship recipients include:

  • Deborah Yussuff, Georgia Southern University
  • Estefany Segura, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Taylor Winns, Clemson University
  • Treyonna Alston, South Carolina State University
  • Ashley McMullen, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Kousaalya Bakthavatchalam, Clemson University
  • Lauren Jones, Clemson University
  • Carley Horton, University of Tennessee
  • Veronica Herrera, Florida Polytechnic University
  • Naomi Florentino, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Alexandra Combs, West Virginia University
  • Bhavya Bhardwaj, Clemson University
  • Prerna Jain, Texas A&M University
  • Audra Chenoweth, North Carolina State University
  • Zoleikha Biron, Clemson University
  • Alaina McCrispin, Central Alabama Community College
  • Anna Hughes, Laureen B. Wallace Community College
  • A’sa Burcham, West Virginia State University

Automotive professionals from across the country gathered in Music City at the Hilton Garden Inn, Nashville to learn and share experiences with top industry experts. Each year, the SAWF annual conference attracts the best and the brightest in the automotive business. Speakers for this year’s conference included:

  • Jennifer Hill, Quality Strategy & Administration Manager, Nissan North America
  • Sally Williamson, Renowned Author, President/Founder of Sally Williamson & Associates
  • Cheryl Carrier, Executive Director of Ford Next Generation Learning
  • Plus, a Full Panel Discussion including Generation Z members who discussed Keying into the Future.

Sponsors for this year’s conference include:  Ford, FBTAuto, Toyota, Tenneco Clean Air North America, BMW Manufacturing Co., Calsonic Kansai North America, Inc., Nissan, Troy Olson Team, Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association, Jabil Engineered Solutions Group, Alabama Manufacturers Association, Clemson University, General Motors, Draxlmaier, Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association, and Atlantic-Pacific Express, Inc.

To become a recognized scholarship donor, please visit! The SAWF hosts additional special events throughout the year, ranging from soirees and cocktail hours to dinners.

About SAWF: Southern Automotive Women’s Forum

The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the personal and professional advancement of women in the automotive industry. SAWF achieves this mission by collaborating with industry partners to create educational, mentorship, and networking opportunities for its members. Our members serve as strong role models for one another and for young women of all ages who are interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the hope that they will apply these skills to the automotive industry of the future. Since its inception in 2010, SAWF has also awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds to young women beginning their careers in STEM and to women seeking to enhance their opportunities.