The time is now for women to pursue their dream of a career in the trades....and The Jessi Combs Foundation (JCF) is here to fuel those dreams through our annual scholarship program.

Jessi Combs was a pioneer female. She worked harder than many – with more grit and determination than most – to earn her position as an expert in several male-dominated industries including the trades. We are dedicated to continuing the work Jessi started including her commitment to inspiring women to pursue a career in the trades. This is one of the ways we fulfill our mission to educate, inspire and empower the next-generation of trailblazing and stereo-type breaking women… Jessi.

More than a scholarship…….the program is a platform for driving change within the cultural fabric of the trades industry; creating pathways for more women to enter, thrive, and succeed. We seek to elevate awareness of the trades as a viable career path for women by shining a spotlight on past scholarship winners, those who are driven to apply and others who have already found fulfillment in their chosen field.

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Class of 2023 Scholarship Recipients

“The JCF has presented me with many amazing opportunities that I feel I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise. And have connected me with other like minded women that have become incredible forces in my life. All these things have meant the world to me.”

-Paige Camacho, 2023 Scholarship Recipient

Alaina Myers

Alaina Myers

Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology


Annika Ernstrom

Automotive Restoration


Amelia Lopez

Welding Technology


Brittany Vallene

Welding Technology


Elizabeth Anderson

Diesel Technology


Ella Anderson

High Performance Automotive


Emily Petry

CITC Commercial Electrical


Emily Suddarth

Automotive Collision Repair/Upholstery/Service Management

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Hanna Riggs

High Performance Automotive

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Isabella Bradley

Automotive Restoration


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Paige Camacho

Welding & Fabrication

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Penina Bernstein

MFA Furniture Design

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Prinsesa Alvarez

Automotive & Related Technology

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Rachel Garrett

Robotics & High Performance Tech


Class of 2022 Scholarship Recipients

"The Jessi Combs foundation has changed my life. They've helped me not only with my education, but how to grow and succeed in the industry. While providing a kind of support that I, to this day cannot find anywhere else. To have so many amazing women ready to cheer you on during some of the toughest days and challenges in my career, is a gift that I will never be able to repay. That is why I encourage women to apply for this scholarship. Because you not only get a scholarship, you get a family ready to accept you with open arms."

-Kirsten Williams, 2022 Scholarship Recipient


Grace Foehringer

Triangle Tech – Welding & Fabrication Technology

Maggie Daskam

Maggie Daskam

Wyotech – Diesel Tech/High Performance Power


Lindsey Hover

The Fab School – Metal Fabrication

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Kirsten Williams

University of NW Ohio – Heavy Diesel/Welding


Kaygen Bogle

Wyotech – Auto Refinishing & Collision

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Josephine Schmucker

University of NW Ohio – Automotive/High Performance Motorsports

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Jade Bovee

Wyotech – Auto Collision/Street Rod Fabrication

Class of 2021 Scholarship Recipients

“There is not enough time in this life to permit trivial stereotypes to prevent you from achieving your goals. The Jessi Combs Foundation shares this same principle, which is why I am incredibly grateful to have been welcomed by such a community. To any female who has ever thought twice about entering the industry, know you will have a well-deserved place here.”

-Victoria Bruno, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

Victoria Bruno

McPherson College

Automotive Restoration Technology


Kate Martin


Automotive & Street Rod


Elizabeth Artz

Frederick Comm. College Custom Fabrication & Welding


Zoe Carmichael

McPherson College

Automotive Restoration


Raquel Salinas

Mainliners Welding Academy – Pipe Welding


Taylor Keller

Pennsylvania College Of Technology –
Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology

Class of 2020 Scholarship Recipients

"The Jessi Combs Foundation is the pinnacle of empowerment, growth, and opportunity for women with the desire to enter the skilled trades world, and as an opportunity to accelerate your current skill set. The foundation stands true to Jessi’s values in everything they do: To educate, inspire, empower. The JCF has changed my life and has assisted me in furthering my education where I financially was unable to. Through the JCF, I have made lifelong friends, networked in new industries, added to my skill set, have new career opportunities, and best of all, we get to represent and honor a pioneer for the future of the trades industry."

-Sana Abbas, 2020 Scholarship Recipient
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Sana Abbas



Hannah Stout

Custom Fabrication/Welding


Melissa Jester

Structural Welding


Erin Joseph

Automotive Mechanical/Electrical


Akai Longo

Motorcycle Mechanics/Metal Fabrication


Heather Holler

Mechanical Engineering
(focus in motorsports)


Sarah McConkie

Rope Access Welding and Pipefitting