MARQUETTE –  Employees of Frei Chevrolet and Marquette area automotive sales and service professionals recently established a scholarship for Northern Michigan University students in memory of Jim Melka, a parts man, and Knute Wolfe, an automotive technician, both employees of Frei Chevrolet. 

Wolfe died in a snowmobile accident in 2000 and Melka in a car accident in 2002. 

The Jim Melka and Knute Wolfe Memorial Scholarship award will be given to students in NMUÂ’s automotive services program.

“Establishing this scholarship was a way to keep the memory of Jim and Knute alive in the community as well as help future automotive professionals,” said Timothy Nault, service director at Frei Chevrolet.  “Both were outstanding men and employees.  Jim was the kind of guy who really loved cars, especially hot rods.  Knute was a quiet kind of guy who did an excellent job at running the front-end repairs part of our business.  They are both missed.”

The Jim Melka and Knute Wolfe Memorial Scholarship is one of more than 85 new scholarships that have been endowed as part of This Decisive Season: The Campaign for Northern Michigan University.  Northern's scholarships are worth more than $400,000 annually to NMU students and have an overall investment value of more than $5 million to the university.

For further information about NMU's scholarship program or to arrange to make a contribution to the Melka and Wolfe Scholarship, contact the NMU Development Fund Office at (906) 227-2627.

Note: Frei is pronounced Fry.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications