2017 WRN Drive to Succeed Scholarship Program


51 individual scholarship totaling $157,000 since 2011


Winners working in all areas of GM’s dealer network


Raising awareness of career opportunities for women in automotive retail


Attracting the top female talent into all dealership roles


Creating an inclusive dealership workforce that reflects/respects women


Only program of its kind in the auto industry


Becoming the retail network of choice for female buyers

It wasn’t too longer after the Wheeler family opened Wheelers Buick GMC in Wisconsin Rapids that Mary Jo Wheeler, dealer principle of Wheeler’s in Medford, approached Courtney Morley—the lone female working in the Service Department—about the WRN Drive to Succeed Scholarship program. At the time, Morley wasn’t attending school, nor had she any plans of doing so. Wheeler kept her eye on Morley while providing training and other opportunities to help her learn new skills. When Wheeler suggested the idea for a second time, Morley was ready. She applied for the Scholarship online, received a letter of recommendation from Ann Wheeler, and received her official nomination from General Manager Scott Savoy. She was selected as a 2016 winner and received a $5,000 scholarship from Ally. Today Morley carries a 4.0 in her studies at Northwood University, works full times as a service advisor and is constantly thinking of ways to improve dealership profitability, morale, retention and the overall customer experience. Her goal after graduation: lead fixed operations for the Wheeler Family Auto Group.

This is how it works. Dealers, business partners, educators and other working together to help more women enter automotive retail. Last year, WRN raised more money and helped more women than ever before. The Named Dealership Scholarship debuted with tremendous success. The 2017 campaign has already begun and it’s your turn to help. Learn ways to donate, promote the program and nominate qualified candidates. It’s all here and in the 2017 WRN Drive to Succeed Scholarship Toolkit.

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As an individual or create a Named Dealership Scholarship.


The program throughout your community and your workforce.


Qualified candidates and drive enrollment.

Learn more about the Scholarship program
and how you can leave your mark:

Scholarship Program Headquarters
CMS Foundation – WRN Scholarship Program

GM WRN Director Celeste Briggs
WRN Scholarship Chair Lisa Rebowe

Meet the 2016 WRN Drive to Succeed Scholarship Winners


Region: North Central
Hometown: Brighton, MI
Scholarship: $5,000
Attended: Northwood University
Area of Study: Automotive Marketing/Management
Dealership: Patsy Lou Automotive Group, Flint, MI

I have always had a love affair with cars. I grew up helping my dad maintain his collection of classic Corvettes. Being around my dad, a GM Powertrain engineer, I learned everything from working under the hood. When I turned 16, I bought myself a Pontiac Firebird. With a lot of hard work and determination, I believe I can achieve my dream of someday owning my own dealership and becoming a very successful businesswoman.

Retired Air Force

Region: South Central
Hometown: Adrian, MO
Scholarship: $5,000
Attended: Metropolitan Community College
Area of Study: Automotive Technology

Last year I received a GM WRN Scholarship and I can’t begin to express my appreciation. I was treated like royalty. It is an experience I will never forget. The scholarship has made a huge difference in my life. Now I’m in school and learning about new technology like hybrid vehicles. I feel as though I’m already making a difference because people see me as an example of what is possible. I’m mentoring young women coming into their own.


Region: North Central
Hometown: Bay City, MI
Scholarship: $2,500
Attended: Northwood University
Area of Study: Automotive Marketing/Management

Not only has working in the automotive industry been a ‘man’s job,’ but it was viewed that purchasing a car was a ‘man’s job’ as well. Today, that is certainly not the case. It is a beautiful thing to see women being more and more accepted in every way. I am privileged to have received a WRN Scholarship for the past three years. It has allowed me to pursue my passion for this industry. It has been a lifelong goal to succeed with GM in the auto industry.

Kasandra Hernandez

Region: Western
Hometown: American Falls Idaho
Scholarship: $2,000
Attended: Weber State University, Ogden, UT
Area of Study: Automotive Technology

I would like to get into a great dealership and be a service technician and the scholarship will really help me with my education. If another girl was thinking about what I’m doing — stepping out of my comfort zone — I’d say, go for it.

Damayanty Calderon

Region: North Central
Hometown: Romeoville, IL
Scholarship: $2,000
Attended: Joliet Community College
Area of Study: Automotive Technology

I love cars from the sound of the engine to the way it’s put in — beginning to end. I started out in the Business Development Center in the dealership where I am working and have also had the chance to move to the sales floor. So there’s lots of opportunity. I’m grateful not only for the financial aid but also the mentoring from the Drive to Succeed scholarship.