Skip to main content

Ford ASSET student awarded automotive scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student enrolled in the college’s Ford ASSET major and working at a Tioga County dealership has received a $5,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Automotive Association.

Derek T. Dreps, of Liberty, was presented with a check in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center in late May. The PAA Automotive Technology Scholarship, awarded through a fund within the PAA Foundation to a student in a qualifying academic program, is renewable for an additional year.

Scholarship recipient Derek T. Dreps (holding check) is surrounded by well-wishers in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. From left are Chad Koch, general sales manager at Blaise Alexander Ford of Mansfield; Ralph Diodata, chief financial officer, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships; Deni Cecco, regional manager for the Pennsylvania Automotive Association; Dreps’ parents, Kendra and Michael; and Aubrey and Adam Alexander.
Scholarship recipient Derek T. Dreps (holding check) is surrounded by well-wishers in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. From left are Chad Koch, general sales manager at Blaise Alexander Ford of Mansfield; Ralph Diodata, chief financial officer, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships; Deni Cecco, regional manager for the Pennsylvania Automotive Association; Dreps’ parents, Kendra and Michael; and Aubrey and Adam Alexander.

“Derek is a deserving student and a fine example of the type of student needed for the future of the automotive repair industry,” said John R. Cuprisin, associate professor of automotive technology: Ford ASSET.

A joyful Drep holds high the fruits of academic success.
A joyful Drep holds high the fruits of academic success.

On hand for the presentation to Dreps, who is in the midst of an eight-week paid internship with Blaise Alexander Ford of Mansfield, were parents Michael and Kendra; Chad Koch, general sales manager at the dealership; Ralph Diodata, chief financial officer for Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships; Deni Cecco, PAA regional manager; and brothers Adam and Aubrey Alexander.

“We are proud of Derek for receiving the award, but we are even more proud to have a young individual in our shop with such a strong work ethic and level head,” said Aubrey Alexander, of Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, who serves on the board of the Penn College Foundation and is a 2009 graduate in business administration: management information systems concentration.

For information about Penn College’s automotive technology majors – including the Ford ASSET emphasis – visit the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies or call 570-327-4516.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Subscribe to PCToday Daily Email

Related Stories

Members of the lacrosse team visit with the president, relaying that their collaborative fundraising efforts topped $16,000.
Blaise Alexander

Outgoing president spurs outpouring of ‘Legacy’ support

Read more
Aubrey Alexander accepts a framed #9 Wildcat jersey, representing his Penn College graduation year.
Blaise Alexander

Alexander dealerships recognized for all-star support of students

Read more
Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja team surround the first-place trophy after winning the four-hour endurance race at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech. It’s the first time Penn College has won the event, considered the toughest test at Baja SAE competitions. From left: Marshall W. Fowler, Isaac H. Thollot, Dominic J. Lepri (sitting on front tire), Caleb J. Harvey, Dakota C. Harrison (standing on back tire), Tyler J. Bandle (standing on back tire), Dhruv Singh (behind trophy), Arjun L. Kempe, Morgan R. Bagenstose (sitting on front tire), Casey B. Campbell and Alex E. Flores.
College Relations

Penn College Baja SAE team captures coveted race victory

Read more