by Moses Ludel
At the 2015 SEMA Show, Jessi Combs shared her off-road racing aims at the BFGoodrich “Baja 1000 Experience”. Jessi’s fast paced career and energy set a benchmark for women and men in the racing community. Her automotive industry legacy and the foundation in her honor have been an inspiration to women moving forward in the trades.

Seven Scholarships Totaling $35K Awarded to Women Pursuing Careers in the Trades

Press Release, December 4, 2021:

MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA (December 3, 2021) –The Jessi Combs Foundation (JCF) is honored to announce the winners of The Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship program for 2021. In total $35,000 worth of scholarships have been awarded to the following women:

Victoria Bruno

“There is not enough time in this life to permit trivial stereotypes to prevent you from achieving your goals.” said Victoria Bruno, 2021 JCF Scholarship recipient. “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 – McPherson College – Automotive Restoration Technology

Kate Martin

Kate Martin – Wyotech (Laramie Campus) – Automotive and Street Rod

Taylor Keller

Taylor Keller – Pennsylvania College Of Technology – Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology

Elisabeth Artz

Elisabeth Artz – Frederick Community College – Custom Fabrication and Welding

Jaclyn Edison

Jaclyn Edison – University of Texas at Dallas – Automotive Engineering

Zoe Carmichael

Zoe Carmichael – McPherson College – Automotive Restoration

Raquel Salinas

Raquel Salinas – Mainliners Welding Academy – Pipe Welding

(Raquel Salinas)

The 2021 Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship

Jessi was a trailblazer and a stereo-type breaker driven to succeed while lifting people up, particularly women, throughout her career. The JCF scholarship selection committee recognized similar characteristics in these women and are excited to see them succeed while carrying Jessi’s legacy forward. The Foundation also leverages their extensive network of industry contacts to help scholarship recipients with the introductions designed to kick-start their first opportunity in the trades industry.

“On behalf of my family, we are so privileged to witness The Jessi Combs Foundation Scholarship family continue to grow” said Kelly Combs, Board Member and brother of Jessi Combs.  “Creating an uplifting environment for women was a core value of Jessi’s, and we could not be prouder of the passionate group dedicated to keeping her mission alive.  The scholarship program is an amazing conduit to build a supportive community for women in the trades, and we congratulate this year’s recipients.  Welcome to the family!”

The mission of The Jessi Combs Foundation is to Educate, Inspire, and Empower the next generation of trailblazing and stereotype-breaking women. The long-term vision for the Jessi Combs Foundation is to execute this mission via three pillars:

  • Educate: Trades were important to Jessi, the very vehicle that provided so many opportunities to her. JCF will distribute individual scholarships and in-kind partner donations to educational institutions and learning centers to continually be a driving force behind the next generation of women in trades. Additionally, JCF plans to support live event workshops that keep alive the one-on-one interactions that Jessi loved so much.
  • Inspire: This will come to life via in-house projects as the foundation looks to continually set new bars and use our voice to shine light and recognition on those whose achievements, talents and accomplishments inspire others.
  • Empower: Grants and Sponsorships will be the primary tools to support those women with a dream of achieving their own level of greatness and that aligns with the barrier smashing attitude Jessi embodied. 

Those interested in learning more about the JCF, supporting the foundation or partnering with us are encouraged to reach out via the contact section on our website: www.thejessicombsfoundation.com. All donations raised will go to The Jessi Combs Foundation and will be used in compliance with the official purpose of the organization.


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