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Our 2015 Winner:  Katarina “Kat” Moller

Scholarship 2015
Attorney McCue, Katarina “Kat” Moller and Barbara McCue.

Katarina “Kat” Moller is the winner for the second year of the USF / Q Motorsports Family Scholarship.

“It is an honor to win the (USF) Q Motorsports Scholarship again this year. I have just finished up my second season racing jet dragsters for Larsen Motorsports. This year I had a total of three national event wins and finished third in points overall. I also had a new personal top speed of 287 MPH. I’m looking forward to a couple of off season local races in the next couple of months before the 2016 season starts.

I am currently in my senior year of studies at USF studying mechanical engineering and am excited to graduate next semester. After graduation I plan to attend graduate school at Florida Institute of Technology, where I will get my master’s degree in communication. I hope this will aid me in my ultimate goal of not only being able to design and build race cars, but also help me continue pursuing my passion to drive.”

Congratulations Kat!  For more information about Kat and her jet dragster racing team, visit her web page on the Larsen Motorsports website: www.katmoller.com.

2014 Scholarship Winner

2014 Scholarship Winner

USF College of Engineering Donor Celebration 2014 (left to right): Barbara McCue, Elaine Larsen - Jet Dragster Driver and Owner of Larsen Motorsports, Len McCue, Katarina “Kat” Moller - Q Scholarship Winner, Tommy Moller - Kat’s father and Chris Larsen - Owner of Larsen Motorsports.

Katarina “Kat” Moller, Junior, USF College of Engineering
Kat is a junior at the University of South Florida majoring in mechanical engineering. Her career goal is to be employed in the motorsports industry. Her current job is as a race car driver for Larsen Motorsports, Daytona Beach, Florida. Kat races a 2013 Jet Dragster built by Larsen Motorsports with a General Electric J-85 engine, Chrome Moly chassis, weight 1145 lbs. and 5000 horsepower. Kat won the 2014 Jet Dragster Racing Competition in Cordova, IL. Prior racing experience includes junior dragsters starting at age 11, a sportsman Mustang and her dad’s alcohol powered dragster. She attended high school in Sarasota, Florida in the International Baccalaureate program.

“I plan to pursue a career in the motorsports industry after graduating from the University of South Florida. I am presently employed at Larsen Motorsports where I have the opportunity to apply the knowledge I am learning in school to the real world. After graduation, I plan to continue my employment at Larsen Motorsports and expand my knowledge of the motorsports field.”

2013 Scholarship Winners

2013 Scholarship Winners

The University of South Florida, Society of Automotive Engineers, presented their Formula 2013 Race Car that will compete with other universities throughout the year.

Alan Bendis, Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering, USF
Alan has helped design and build a competition Formula car with the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is a member of the USF chapters of Florida Engineering Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Alan volunteers at a number of community service organizations including the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and the local VA Hospital.

Dane Bardroff, Senior, Mechanical Engineering, USF
Dane is a member of USF’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Electrathon, Robotics Interest Group, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Biomedical Engineering Society. He also volunteers at a number of social organizations including the Majical Miniatures Animal Sanctuary, American Red Cross, and the Sarasota Humane Society.

2012 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Mateusz Malinowski, Senior, College of Engineering, USF
“I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of South Florida with interests in motorsports engineering. My family originates in Poland, but I have been living in Florida the past three years. The Q Motorsports Family Scholarship aids in purchasing textbooks, as well as covering daily living expenses as an out-of-state student. My determination and perseverance push me to achieve and improve in academics every day, without letting down my teammates of the USF Society of Automotive Engineers (USF SAE). I currently am the lead designer of the suspension and brake systems for the 2013 formula car produced by USF SAE. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and work on a master’s degree in motorsports engineering. Shortly after, it would be my dream come true to work as a race engineer for a race car manufacturer in Europe.”

Ahmad Hares, Senior, College of Engineering, USF
“I love science. I love engineering. I am passionate about the infinite unknowable possibilities that a life dedicated to the study and practice of such topics can bring. My name is Ahmad Hares and I am powered by my passion for engineering. My introduction to engineering occurred at Braden River High School. My favorite teachers Gil Burlew and Richard Platt, taught us tools such as Computer Aided Drafting, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computer Numerically Controlled manufacturing, which led to success in the CO2 Dragster Design competition. I found another outlet in USF Racing, USF’s Formula SAE team, during the 2011 season. After graduation in May 2013, I plan on pursuing my Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Plymer Matrix Composites with an Entrepreneurial Master’s Degree in Business Administration. I plan on a business in composites design, consulting and manufacturing.

I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. McCue (and other contributors to the Q Motorsports Scholarship Program) for their generous support of my dreams.”

2011 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Simon Restrepo, Mechanical Engineering, USF
“My name is Simon Restrepo. I’m studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. I started at USF in the fall of 2007 and at the same time I became a member of the USF Racing (Society of Automotive Engineers student chapter at USF- SAE). I’m graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in May 2013. My career goal is to enter the motorsports industry either working for a race team, race engineering consulting firm or motorsports parts supplier. I also plan to get a Master’s degree in Engineering Management or a Master’s in Business Administration. The Q Scholarship is helping me get closer to my goals.” Simon is currently the President of the USF Society of Automotive Engineers.

Mateusz Malinowski, Mechanical Engineering, USF
“I am Mateusz Malinowski and I am currently a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of South Florida with an interest in motorsports engineering. I am devoted to my education and determined to achieve my goal as a designer of race cars. These qualities set me apart from the rest of the crowd applying for the Q Motorsports Scholarship. I am currently Vice President of the local chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers at USF and also responsible for the design of the brake system for the 2012 Formula SAE race car built annually by the SAE chapter at USF. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and work on a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. My dream is to work as a design engineer for a race car manufacturer in Europe.”

The USF Society of Engineers race team plans to compete in 2012 at Detroit, Michigan, Canada and hopefully in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information go to: www.usfracing.com.

2010 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Brandon Marks, Mechanical Engineering, USF
Brandon has lived in Florida nearly his entire life, growing up in the suburbs around Orlando. He came to USF straight from high school and entered with 32 transfer credits from AP classes. He is majoring in mechanical engineering and will graduate in May 2011. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in either mechanical or automotive engineering and would like to eventually work in the energy or automotive industry. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) organization at USF and has been a member since he was a freshman. He has led the drive train design of both a Baja and Formula SAE car. SAE races competitively against other college engineering organizations across the nation. Brandon also is the treasurer and manager of SAE, with the largest budget of any student government funded student organization. According to Brandon, “The SAE has been the most enriching aspect of my time at USF allowing me to meet great people, do great things and get a one of a kind hands on education experience. Since I have been at USF, I have experienced and accomplished many things I would have never imagined when I left high school and I hope the same is true once I leave USF.”

Kyle Jeffries, Senior, Mechanical Engineering, USF
Kyle is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and will graduate in May 2011. He has taken the long path to get his degree, but the important thing is that he never forgot his goals! He is heavily involved in the USF chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where he is currently serving as the 2011 team captain. As team captain, he is in charge of overseeing the design of the 2011 Formula SAE car and managing roughly 15 people. They have ambitious goals for this 2011 season and look forward to showcasing the design at Formula SAE Michigan and Formula SAE California in the Spring of 2011. In addition to going to school full time and his commitments to USF SAE, Kyle also works full time for a small business in Tampa. Once completing his degree, he plans on pursing a career in some form of motorsports as an automotive engineer or working for a motorsports supplier in an engineering capacity.

2009 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Dustin Chisholm, Senior, Business Administration, USF
Dustin Chisholm was awarded a $1,000 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship. Dustin is a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in business. Once Dustin graduates, he hopes t get a job traveling. Dustin is currently racing trucks at various tracks in Florida.

Curtis Neumann, Senior, Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Medical, USF
Curtis Neumann has also been awarded a $1,000 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship. Curtis is a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Medical. Curtis competes at Citrus County Speedway in the open wheel modified division.

2008 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipient

Curtis Neumann, Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering, USF
Curtis is s sophomore at USF studying Mechanical Engineering. He is looking forward to his engineering classes and one day hopes to use his knowledge to help people live better. Curtis currently races Open Wheel Modified stock cars at Citrus County Speedway and also races in the Extreme Modified Series.

At USF, Curtis is a member of the Society for Automotive Engineers. This group builds race cars for competition among universities.

2007 and 2006 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipient

Dustin Chisholm, Business Administration, USF
Dustin is majoring in Business Administration at USF and hopes to open a fabrication shop. He is currently racing a Limited Late Model at DeSoto Super Speedway and seeking a ride in an ASA Late model for the 2008 racing season.

The Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Program along with the James W. “Jim” Hernan Memorial Scholarship offered these $1,000 awards for 2006 & 2007. Jim Hernan, former owner of J & J Auto Body & Painting, who passed away last year, was a strong supporter of the Q Motorsports Scholarship Program.

2005 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

The Q Motorsports Family Scholarship awards are used by the students for post high school education. Each scholarship can be used towards books or tuition at vocational/technical schools, junior college or universities. Criteria for winning the scholarships include three areas. The first area is grades. The second category is motorsports racing and the final category is promotional activities in the community. Scholarships were awarded in the following denominations: $250, $300, $500, $750, $1,000 and $1,500.

Burt Morse
Ricky Menditto
Rebecca Menditto
Eric Wawrzyk
Laura Weaver
Pamela Weaver
Gerald White

Anthony Abney
Courtney Andries
Nick Andries
Tyler Andries
Dustin Chisholm
Chase Diamond
Allison Erlenbusch

Camryn Fredrickson
Max Kimer
Dale Shelton
Chris Zimmerman
Maxx Bennett
David Davis
Sarah Davis

Cameron Daniels
Rebecca George
Bryan Wagner
Michael Elder
Tiffany Elder
Tyler Schule
Nathan Wendrick

Nicholas Wendrick
Antonio Gonzalez
Joshua Gorniak
John “LJ” Grimm
Dale Kelley
David Pollen
Curtis Neumann

Alexandra “Alli” Owens
Morgan Pagano
Darrell Pons
Carson Slabaugh

2004 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

The Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Program has awarded approximately $80,000 in academic scholarships since 1998. The program awards scholarships to young motorsports race driver’s ages 5 to 21 that do well in school, are active motorsports drivers and contribute time to their community. A board of directors meet annually to govern the program and determine scholarship winners.

The Q Motorsports Family Scholarship awards are used by the students for post high school education. Each scholarship can be used towards books or tuition at vocational/technical schools, junior college or universities. Scholarships were awarded in the following denominations: $250, $500, $750, $1,000 and $1,500.

Darrell Pons
Whitney Salmon
Joshua Gorniak
John Grimm
Dale Kelley
David Pollen

Michael Elder
Tiffany Elder
John Sarppraicone, Jr.
Tyler Schule
Nathan Wendrick
Maxx Bennett

David Davis
Courtney Andries
Nick Andries
Tyler Andries
Dustin Chisholm
Jacob Comiskey

Austin Craig
Camryn Fredrickson
Max Kimer
Austin Miles
Sean Scampton
Dale Shelton

Carl Staton III
Chris Zimmerman
Rebecca Menditto
Ricky Menditto
Burt Morse
Laura Weaver

Pam Weaver
Gerald White
Alexandra “Alli” Owens

2003 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Attorney Leonard McCue and his wife, Barbara, founded the Q Motorsports Family Student Racer Scholarship Program to promote education among young people who race. A Board of Director’s meets annually to select scholarship winners. Board Members include: Leonard and Barbara McCue, Jill Marie, Attorney Chris M. Vorbeck, Claudia Straw, CPA, Foelgner, Ronz & Straw CPA’s, Barbara and Wayne Engelbert, Alan Kulwicki Foundation, Bonnie and Frank Hill, Sunshine Speedway, Barry and Sheri Fletcher, Tri-City Kart Club, Bill Green and Honorary Board Member Lyn St. James, retired Indy Car Series driver. Students are judged in three categories: grades at school, sanctioned motorsports participation and community service/self promotional activities. Scholarships are awarded to Florida student’s ages 5 to 21 and can be used for tuition, books, dorm fees at Vocational/Technical Schools, Colleges, Universities or Junior College.

Michael Elder
Tiffany Elder
Brian Blum
Kevin Blum
Darrell Pons
Whitney Salmon

Michael Smith
Jason Howell
Rebecca Menditto
Ricky Menditto
Burton Morse
Gerald White

David Davis
Courtney Andries
Nick Andries
Tyler Andries
Derek Carvalho
Dustin Chisholm

Austin Craig
Michael Gulliver
Ashley Larson
Ryan Maslar
Dalton Nelson
Kyle Roberts

Sean Scampton
Dale Shelton
Carl Staton
Kayla Staton
Casey Johnson
Bryan Wagner

Aric Almirola
John Grimm
David Pollen
Laura Weaver
Pamela Weaver

2002 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Q Motorsports Family Student Racer Scholarships are used by the students for post high school education. The scholarship can be used towards books or tuition at vocational/technical schools, junior college or universities. Criteria for winning the scholarships include three areas. The first area is grades. The second category is motorsports racing and the final category is promotional activities in the community. Here are the 2002 recipients:

Michael Elder
Tiffany Elder
Brian Blum
Jeromy Smith
Darrell Pons

Whitney Salmon
Rebecca Menditto
Ricky Menditto
Burton Morse
Courtney Andries

Nick Andries
Derek Carvalho
Dustin Chisholm
Austin Craig
Michael Gulliver

Ashley Larson
Justin Larson
Ryan Maslar
Jeremy Medeiros
Sean Scampton

Kayla Staton
Casey Johnson
Michael Stephens
Shane Whitbeck
Aric Almirola

Tyler Godwin
Kyle Musselman

2001 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Q Motorsports Family Student Racer Scholarships are used by the students for post high school education. The scholarship can be used towards books or tuition at vocational/technical schools, junior college or universities. Criteria for winning the scholarships include three areas. The first area is grades. The second category is motorsports racing and the final category is promotional activities in the community. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2001 academic scholarship awards:

Mishael Abbott
Nick Andries
Courtney Andries
Tyler Andries
Michael Barker
Brad Bischoff

Larry Brazil
Jacob Comisky
David Davis
Aaron Dreher
Michael Elder
Casey Johnson

Justin Larson
Jeremy Medeiros
Ricky Menditto
Rebecca Menditto
Kyle Musselman
Kyle Roberts

Whitney Salmon
Sean Scampton
Michael Stephens

2000 Q Motorsports Family Scholarship Recipients

Q Motorsports Family Student Racer Scholarships are used by the students for post high school education. The scholarship can be used towards books or tuition at vocational/technical schools, junior college or universities. Criteria for winning the scholarships include three areas. The first area is grades. The second category is motorsports racing and the final category is promotional activities in the community. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2000 academic scholarship awards:

Mishael Abbott
Nick Andries
Courtney Andries

Casey Johnson
Justin Larson
Jeremy Medeiros

Rebecca Menditto
Sean Scampton
Michael Stephens

Charles Stanton

1999 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship awards are used by the students for post high school education. The scholarship can be used towards books or tuition at vocational/technical schools, junior college or universities. Criteria for winning the scholarships include three areas. The first area is grades. The second category is motorsports racing and the final category is promotional activities in the community.

The 1999 academic scholarships were awarded to:

Mishael Abbott     Nicholas Andries     Aaron Dreher
Scott Poirier     Sean Scampton     Michael Stephens

1998 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship awards are used by the students for post high school education. The scholarship can be used towards books or tuition at vocational/technical schools, junior college or universities. Criteria for winning the scholarships include three areas. The first area is grades. The second category is motorsports racing and the final category is promotional activities in the community.

The 1998 academic scholarships were awarded to:

Ashley Larson and Nicholas Andries