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Jasmine Green wins $4000 automotive fabrication scholarship

By Jared Prestwidge

FROM working the coffee machine at Wickedly Deevine in Kyabram to being presented with the prestigious Laurie Starling Scholarship for Innovation and Excellence in Automotive Fabrication, it has been a whirlwind year already for Jasmine Green.

Receiving her award at the Street Machine Summernauts Car Festival in Canberra last month, Jasmine beat out a number of hopeful automotive fabricators-to-be from around the country to win the $4000 prize.

And not one to rest on her laurels, she has already been accepted into a three-year upholstery course at Holmsglen College in Chadstone.

“I was pretty stoked. It’s a lot of money and to save up or try to pay for school is hard so it’s definitely helped,” Jasmine said.

“I’ve learned how to do the metal side of things … and the only thing I don’t know what to do is upholstery because it’s quite specialised and hard to get into.”

Jasmine developed a love for automotive fabrication at 19 while working on her first car — a 1991 Toyota HiLux utility — and it was her six years of work on that very vehicle that pushed her above the rest.

Having heard about the scholarship from a friend, she submitted photos of her work on the HiLux, as well as an essay on what she planned to do if she won.

And to add to her excitement in winning the scholarship, Jasmine was interviewed by Street Machine magazine and featured in February’s edition.

“That was awesome. It’s a big magazine and they want to do a feature once the car is finished,” she said.

While Jasmine already has a talent for metal panels, spray painting and electrical work, she said it was just the interior that she needed to pick up on, which is where she hopes her studies at Holmsglen will come in handy.

And once she has that under her belt, she will not only be able to finally finish off her prized possession after six years of hard work, but move on to the next stage of her career.

Jasmine said she plans to combine her talents with partner Michael, owner of Woza’s Fabrication in Wyuna, and do full car builds.

“I’d like to join up with him one day and add this as another skill in what we can do,” she said.

“It’d be good to combine the metal work into the upholstery.”