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 stellar 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.


About Tire Industry Association: The Tire Industry Association (TIA), with a 98-year history representing all segments of the national and international tire industry, is the leading advocate, as well as, instructor in technical training of tire service technicians. For more information, visit www.tireindustry.org or call 800-876-8372.

About Michelin North America: Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.