CJ Pony Parts Scholarship WinnersLast Updated November 10, 2023 | Editorial Team
Every year, CJ Pony Parts offers two $500 scholarships to students who will be attending college next semester. We host a video contest each semester and select the best video as the winner.
Students are asked to create a short video on one of these topics:
- What is one memory you have of a Mustang that left an impression?
- How do Mustangs relate to your current or intended field of study?
- If you could redesign one Mustang generation, what would you change and why?
- What is one automotive advancement you're looking forward to and why?
- What do you hope your legacy will be?
The videos students create are always amazing. This makes it very difficult to pick a winner, but there is always one that stands out from the rest! Check out past winners below:
Fall 2023 Winner: Alexandra Everhart
Congratulations to Alexandra Everhart, our Fall 2023 Scholarship recipient! Alexandra's deep connection with Mustangs, nurtured from childhood, has significantly shaped her life. From her early rides in her mother's 1998 Mustang Cobra to the inspiring stories she uncovered at car shows, her video highlights the emotional bond between owners and their cars. Alexandra's desire to help others rediscover their passions makes her a deserving recipient of this scholarship.
Spring 2023 Winner: Cooper O'Hair
This round of scholarship submissions may have been the most competitive we have ever received. Even through fierce competition, Cooper's story stuck out by showing genuine passion for both Mustang history and his personal goals as an artist.
Cooper plans on heading to Detroit next fall to take part in a transportation design program, and he was kind enough to share with us some of his personal design mockups for a fresh take on the new S650 Mustang generation. Cooper's designs were thoughtful, professional, and oozing with a creative passion for automotive design. I think I speak for all of us when I say we can't wait to see a future Mustang designed by Cooper. Check out the submission below to see his awesome Mustang designs for yourself.
Fall 2022 Winner: Luke Penner
Luke's story really struck a chord with us. We agree that the best thing about being a Mustang owner isn't necessarily the car itself, but the memories we make with them. Whether it's taking a road trip or working on a project with a loved one, every Mustang experience is special. We're glad you shared your story with us, and we hope you continue to make memories with Mustangs for years to come.
Spring 2022 Winner: Tyler Archer
It's always hard to select a scholarship winner, and this semester was no different. Ultimately, Tyler's story reminded us of exactly why we're in business, and his commitment to realizing his dream inspired us all.
Spring 2021 Winner: Taylor Thompson
There were a lot of great submissions again! We thought Taylor did an incredible job. Take a look at her video below.
Fall 2020 Winner: Taylor Ray
Another semester and more incredible videos. It's getting harder and harder to pick just one but this semester the award goes to Taylor Ray!
Unfortunately, Taylor's video is now private.
Spring 2020 Winner: Kenzie Casper
There were some incredible submissions this semester and it was difficult to pick just one. But one did rise to the top and that was Kenzie's telling of her first memory of a Mustang. Give a watch below!
Fall 2019 Winner: Carson Kim
For our round of Fall 2019 submissions, the field was evenly-matched as it is every semester. It's amazing what today's students are capable of when it comes to creativity in answering our scholarship prompts. That's where Carson knocked it out of the park with his extremely creative tune on autonomous vehicles!
Unfortunately, Carson's video is now private.
Spring 2019 Winner: Mika Green
Spring 2019 may have been our most talented pool ever when it came to the scholarship submissions from all of these talented students! The scholarship committee certainly had a tough time - even a heated debate or two - on who should take the gold. But, the decision was clear once we hit Mika's submission! We really enjoyed listening to her story and we hope you do too!
Fall 2018 Winner: Hallie Erfourth
Fall 2018 led to be a tough decision for the scholarship committee here at CJ's. We received a ton of excellent submissions that really showed a lot of entrants' creative sides! With that said, we had to choose Hallie's submission due to the time, effort and creativity behind her entry. A big thanks to all those who submitted - we look forward to what Spring 2019 brings!
Spring 2018 Winner: Sam Maiocco
For Spring 2018, we had the most submissions we've ever received! That made our job even more difficult when it came to picking a winner. However, Sam's submission rose above the rest after seeing what he did with his 1973 Mustang at such a young age! It's great to see kids like Sam take an interest in cars and Mustangs specifically. Thanks for the awesome submission and congratulations!
Unfortunately, Sam's video is now private.
Fall 2017 Winner: Jermaine Johnson II
This fall, we had a ton of great submissions for the CJ Pony Parts scholarship video content which led to a very difficult time of narrowing all of the submissions down to one. However, one video in particular shined above the rest! Meet Jermaine who is from Detroit, Michigan and currently studying abroad in South Africa. Mr. Johnson put together a creative poem talking about his plans over the next 30 years.
Unfortunately, Jermaine's video is now private.
Spring 2017 Winner: Nathan Kalana
As every semester goes by, it seems we get more and more great video submissions flooding in for the CJ's Video Scholarship Contest. We chose Nathan's submission after seeing the passion he has behind Mustangs and cars overall. The kind of will and drive that Nathan shows in his 1965 Mustang build paired with his upcoming education at UTI will take him far doing something that he loves - building cars. Hats off to Nathan!
Unfortunately, Nathan's video is now private.
Spring 2017 Featured Submissions: Andrew J. & Mike S.
Although we chose Nathan's video submission for the Spring 2017 round of entries, we couldn't let Andrew and Mike's submissions go unnoticed. Check out these comical video submissions!
A big thanks to everyone who sent in submissions for the Spring 2017. We thoroughly enjoyed viewing each and every one of them! For those who didn't win this time around, feel free to send in another submission for Fall 2017!
Fall 2016 Winner: Jennifer Bolaski
For the Fall 2016 semester, we had more entries than ever before for the CJ Pony Parts Video Scholarship Contest. However, Jennifer Bolaski's video stood out from the rest. Between her Mustangs Blue Ford and Blue Ford II and passion for her education in becoming a School Counselor, it really was a no-brainer! You can check out her video below. Congrats, Jennifer!
As for the rest of the submissions for Fall 2016, it was an incredibly tough decision. Thank you to all those who submitted and if you didn't win this semester, there will always be another shot next semester! Good luck and we look forward to seeing your submissions!
Spring 2016 Winner: Mustang Music by Shelbie Rassler
Shelbie Rassler made an entire piece of music using ONLY sounds from a Mustang. She did this to show how a Mustang relates to her field of study, which is music. Here's what she said about her video:
“As a musician, I thought it would be really interesting and exciting to create an entire piece of music solely out of sounds I recorded from a Mustang. These included hitting the tires for a bass drum, rattling the keys for a snare drum, the blinker as a hit hat, the beeping seatbelt warning as the melody, the low rumble of the engine as the main bass line, and other sound effects such as closing the car door and trunk, the moving of the windshield wipers, and turning over the engine. I then used the music editing software Logic Pro X to trim the sounds and organize them, resulting in the piece you are about to hear!”
What a creative and cool idea! Not to mention, it turned out to be a pretty cool song from a great-looking car. Congrats to Shelbie — no relation to Shelby Mustang designer Carroll Shelby, I'm sure — for winning the CJ Pony Parts scholarship from this amazing video!
Fall 2015 Winner: Matthew Pryor
We had a lot of great submissions for the Fall 2015 semester, but there was no doubt that the work and creativity shining from Matthew's video made it rise to the top of the stack. Matthew's video is on "What It Means To Be An American." With a whimsical approach to this contest, Matthew nailed it with his video - check it out!
How To Apply
Are you a college student or do you know one who's looking for a scholarship? You can apply for the CJ Pony Parts Video Contest Scholarship right here! The deadlines are April 15 and October 15 every year, so make sure you get your video ready for the next one. You might just be the next winner.