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Date of Release: August 28, 2017
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Mister Car Wash Awards 22 College Scholarships

TUCSON, Ariz. – In a recent competition open to eligible Mister Car Wash employees and their dependents in 21 states, Mister Car Wash awarded 22 scholarships totaling $25,000 in tuition funds.

“At Mister Car Wash, we’re all about inspiring people to shine and we believe in investing in education,” said John Lai, CEO. “Our outstanding scholarship class of 2017 has impressed us that they each have what it takes to attain their goals and make this world a better place.”

Out of 88 scholarship applications received, Mister Car Wash awarded 19 checks for $1,000 and three checks for $2,000. To earn one of the scholarships, eligible applicants were asked to answer three essay questions.

In her winning essay, Central Michigan University journalism student Taitum Male of Wyoming, Michigan talked about a recent mountain climbing expedition she experienced in New Zealand with 13 other honor students and two professors. She said the experience gave her valuable insight into herself, the nature of others and the mission of Mister Car Wash: Inspiring People to Shine.

“Inspiring other people always starts with ourselves,” wrote Male. “When we understand who we are, we can then help others become the best versions of themselves. Through this self-reflection and leading by example, we inspire people to shine.”

Another Mister Car Wash scholarship recipient, Filmon Hailu of Brandon, Florida, wrote, “Being the first person in my family to go to college, my main long term goal is to get my bachelors degree within the next four years. I want to become an engineer and work with computers and technology being that it has always been a passion of mine.” He also wrote about how working at Mister Car Wash has helped him shine. “I’ve learned communication skills, leadership skills, and learned that no matter what, the customer is always right. These traits have helped me when making life decisions on and away from the worksite because knowing how this business works allows me to understand in depth how other businesses work.”

Before working at Mister Car Wash, 2017 scholarship recipient Rafael Fontanez, also of Brandon had only one goal: to graduate high school. Now he intends to get a four year degree and his Mister Car Wash scholarship will help him obtain that goal. Fontanez wrote, “Mister Car wash has been very helpful and flexible with my schedule so when I start college in the fall I will continue to work full time, taking early morning classes and going to work in the afternoon.” He added, “I enjoy what I do and wherever life takes me as far as my education in the next few years I will have Mister Car Wash to thank for providing me a place to work and ‘shine.’”

Awarding tuition scholarships to deserving students like Taitum Male, Fimon Hailu, Rafael Fontanez and 19 other employees this year is part of Mister Car Wash’s broader Inspiring Futures program. For more information, please visit

Presented below are the names, cities and colleges of all 22 members of Mister Car Wash’s Scholarship Class of 2017:

  • Harmony Sartwell – Severna, MD – Anne Arundel Community College
  • Melanie Hernandez – Bakersfield, CA – Taft College
  • Kelsey Brockman – Bakersfield, CA – California State University
  • Madison LaTurno – Ozark, MO – Missouri State University
  • Taitum Male – Wyoming, MI – Central Michigan University
  • Joshua Boot – Wyoming, MI – Grand Valley State University
  • Eric Weiss – Sandy, UT – Utah Valley University
  • Bryson Martinez – Abilene, TX – Abilene Christian University
  • Hanna Bynum – Abilene, TX – Texas Tech University
  • Jacob Polak – South Milwaukee, WI – University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • Nishith Kusukuntla – Madison, WI – Full Sail University
  • Eduardo Ballesteros – Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College
  • Carina Spurlock – Saint Paul, MN – Inver Hills Community College
  • Gabriel Carreon – El Paso, TX – The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Gabriella Licari – Tampa, FL – The University of Florida
  • Filmon Hailu – Tampa, FL – Hillsborough Community College
  • Rafael Fontanez – Tampa, FL – Hillsborough Community College
  • Robert Rodriguez – Orlando, FL – University of Central Florida
  • Skyler Sternes – Orlando, FL – Valencia Community College
  • Brandi Klick – Orlando, FL – Valencia Community College
  • Rebekah Belkin – Orlando, FL – Seminole State College
  • Kevin Bautista – Austin, TX – Austin Community College

About Mister Car Wash

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, Mister Car Wash ( operates 237 car washes and 34 express lubes in 21 states. The Mister Car Wash brand is anchored in quality, friendliness and our commitment to creating memorable customer experiences. Our people are what make us successful and allow us to achieve these high standards. We continue to focus on recruiting and retaining top talent, developing best-in-class training programs and investing in employee benefits to cultivate a positive company culture.