Technician.Academy’s Scholarship Board ­­­

Are you pursuing or considering a career in the automotive industry? Do you need help paying for college? Then you’ve come to the right place. We are here to link tomorrow’s technicians to various scholarship opportunities, so you don’t have to leave college in a mound of debt.

Browse through the scholarships listed below, and if you qualify for any of them, follow the link to apply today.

AAACT Scholarships (Carolinas & Tennessee Only)

The Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT) Scholarship Program assists students wishing to continue their education beyond the secondary level.

To be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Applicants must be nominated by an AAACT member in good standing;
  • A high school graduate or possess a GED certificate;
  • AAACT owner-members themselves are not eligible to receive a scholarship, but their children are eligible, as are their employees and their children. Also, members of the immediate family of a Trustee of this Fund are not eligible.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a curriculum leading to a degree or certificate in an accredited college, university or technical institute in North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee, or an Automotive Service Excellence / National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (ASE/NATEF) accredited automotive technical program;
  • Three letters of recommendation are required.  Only one may be from a church or minister.  It is suggested that one be from the AAACT member sponsoring the applicant.
Contact AAACT
AAAS Scholarship (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi only)

AAAS is the automotive aftermarket association for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.  If you are a resident of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, or Mississippi, meet the additional qualifications below, and submit a complete application, you will be considered by the AAAS Education Foundation for this scholarship:

The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast sponsors the AAAS Education Foundation Scholarship Program to assist students wishing to continue their education beyond the secondary level.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • Sponsored by an AAAS member in good standing;
  • Priority is given to AAAS members, member employees, or family of member or employee;
  • A high school graduate or possess a GED certificate;
  •  AAAS staff and family members are not eligible;
  • Two letters of recommendation are required;
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a curriculum leading to a degree or certificate in an accredited college, university or technical institute or an Automotive Service Excellence / National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (ASE/NATEF) accredited automotive technical program
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AASP Scholarship (Minnesota only – Deadline 3/31/18)

Scholarships are available to students entering the 2nd year of an ASE / NATEF-certified automotive program in Minnesota. Applications are reviewed by a committee of industry representatives, with consideration given to scholastic achievement, education and career goals, financial need and written recommendations. Applications accepted January 1 – March 31.

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Aftermarket Telematics Challenge

The Auto Care Association sponsors the Aftermarket Telematics Challenge annually to recognize the best aftermarket products that deliver safety, security and connectivity to the automotive consumer. Ten scholarship awards are made in the name of the winner of the competition to students preparing for a career in the independent Auto Care industry with an interest in wireless vehicle technology. The eligibility criteria are identical to the general GAAS scholarship criteria: Applicants must be in or entering a full time post-secondary program at an accredited college or university or an ASE/NATEF certified automotive vocational school.

About Auto Care Telematics

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AmericanMuscle's Student Scholarship Program (Recurring)

AmericanMuscle offers 4 currently enrolled students or high school seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education an opportunity to be awarded $2,000 in tuition assistance towards their upcoming semester. This scholarship is ongoing and is available for both the spring and fall semesters each year.

Those students who have exceptional drive and ambition should submit a 700-1500 word essay to scholarships@americanmuscle.com telling us who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry. All entries must be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to be eligible for consideration and must also be accompanied by proof of current enrollment in an accredited United States college or university.

Please submit your essays by 12:00PM EST on October 15th for all spring semester applicants and by June 15th for all fall applicants. Winning scholarships will be paid directly to the school as a tuition payment.

Winners will be selected by November 15th for all spring contestants and by July 15th for fall applicants.

This is a permanent program that is offered every year and is open for submissions each spring and fall semester!

APSA of Illinois Scholarship

APSA of IL is the regional automotive aftermarket association for Illinois. If you are a resident of Illinois, meet the additional qualifications below, and submit a complete application, you will be considered by APSA of IL for this scholarship.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Obtain a written sponsorship from an APSA of IL member;
    (If you are not familiar with an APSA of Illinois member in your area, please contact us at 1-800-369-2964)
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate;
  • Be pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket industry;
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a curriculum leading to a degree in an accredited college or university.
  • Be a legal resident of Illinois;
  • Provide a photo for APSA of Illinois use in publications.

The APSA of Illinois Scholarship Program awards up to six $500 scholarships each academic year. Recipients may re-apply each academic year for up to four 4 years.

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Art Fisher Memorial Scholarships (Recurring)

Art Fisher Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year to students preparing for automotive aftermarket careers.

In 2017, 13 scholarships for $17,500 were awarded.

About Art Fisher: Art Fisher founded Federated Auto Parts Distributors in 1985. Federated quickly became one of the industry’s premier programmed marketing groups, with more than 3,800 Federated Auto Parts Stores and 3,000 Federated Car Care Centers today nationwide. In addition to his work and dedication to Fisher and Federated Auto Parts, Fisher served on the board of governors of AWDA and served as chairman in 2001.

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ASCCA Educational Foundation (ASCEF) Scholarships (Deadline 3/31/18)

The ASCCA Educational Foundation (ASCEF) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting and advancing the entire automotive industry. Governed by a code of ethics, the Foundation serves the industry through educational and training solutions, scholarships, endowments and professional development.

The scholarship program is open to high school seniors who plan to enroll in post-high school technical/academic training or college undergraduates in the automotive service field satisfying certain criteria. Currently the Foundation issues eleven annual scholarships that can range from $500 to $2000 and can be applied toward tuition, tools and books.

The deadline for scholarship applications for 2018 is MARCH 31, 2018.

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Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarships (Recurring)

The Automotive Hall of Fame program has specific scholarships for incoming freshmen and upper-level undergraduate students. All of the scholarships are based on financial needs and with the usual minimum GPA requirement of 3.0.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must:

  • Submit a completed application form indicating a sincere interest in an automotive career.
  • Provide an official transcript of all academic work.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation supporting your automotive interests.
  • Submit a letter of acceptance for an associate, bachelor, or masters program.
  • Be accepted at an accredited college, university or trade school within the United States at the time of application.
  • Students attending a technical training school may also apply (trade school should equal a two-year associate program).
  • Student must be a United States citizen or in the United States on a Student Visa.
  • Must be enrolled full-time.
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or higher.

Interested students can download the application and send to:

Award and Scholarship Programs
Automotive Hall of Fame
21400 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
313- 240-4000

Please send an email to eva@thedrivingspirit.org with any questions or comments concerning scholarship applications.

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Automotive Parts & Services Association Scholarships

APSA is the regional automotive wholesaler association for ten southwestern states:  Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas or Wyoming. If you are a resident of one of these ten states, meet the additional qualifications below, and submit a complete application, you will be considered by APSA for either scholarship.

To be eligible, an applicant must be:

  • A high school graduate or possess a GED certificate;
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a curriculum leading to a degree or certificate in an accredited college, university or technical institute;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • Priority is given to applicants sponsored by an APSA member in good standing.  (Contact APSA for the name of an APSA member in your area.)
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Automotive Technician Scholarship Program (Deadline 4/30/18)
Federal-Mogul Motorparts, LLC will be awarding twelve (12) students up to $2,500 to help support educational expenses for the 2018-2019 school year. Funding for the scholarships is provided through the Federal-Mogul Motorparts, LLC Garage Gurus.

Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible for the Federal-Mogul Motorparts Automotive Technician Scholarship. The individuals must:

  • at the time of application be (i) enrolled full-time at a US high school; or (ii) accepted or currently enrolled, either full-time or part-time, at an accredited college, university or trade school within the US. Trade school should be the equivalent of a two-year associate program.
  • be in pursuit of an automotive technician degree or certification (or equivalent degree/certification).
  • carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  • be a legal resident of the United States, in the United States on a student Visa or a resident alien.
  • submit most recent transcript of all academic work.
  • submit a completed application which can be found at www.fmgaragegurus.com/scholarship.
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation from non-family members.
  • submit a typed essay (no more than four (4) pages in length double spaced – 1,000 words maximum) or a video (no more than two (2) minutes long) describing “why I want to be a top technician.” Maximum file size is 25MB.
Applications accepted from November 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018.
Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Scholarships (Deadline 1/27/2018)

Scholarships are the root of our purpose in Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF). As an active professional foundation dedicated to supporting the advancement of automotive professionals, AWAF strives to motivate current and future students studying an automotive related field.

Scholarships are selected by the Scholarship Committee and awarded quarterly to the women that solicit passion and drive for the automotive industry. It is our hope that with these scholarships, we can lessen the burden on students and allow them to focus on gaining knowledge and development in automotive related fields and thus enhance their potential career path and the future of the industry.

Scholarships are awarded to female, North American citizens, with a passion for a career or advancement in the automotive and its related industries. While AWAF members and family members are encouraged to apply for scholarships, we encourage applicants who are not affiliated with the organization to apply as well.  To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants should be already accepted to or enrolled in an accredited collegiate program, with a 3.0 or higher GPA and a citizen within North America.

DEADLINE:  JANUARY 27, 2018 (POSTMARKED).  WE ACCEPT APPLICATIONS AT ANY TIME

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Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship (Recurring)

These scholarships are targeted for Automotive Technology students who are enrolled in accredited automotive, heavy-duty or diesel programs. The scholarship is an important element in Bosch’s comprehensive strategy to prepare the automotive workforce of the future, support STEM education and help fill the anticipated need of qualified vehicle technicians and aftermarket professionals in the next five years.

To be eligible for a Bosch Automotive Scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a full-time student in automotive, heavy-duty or diesel technician training programs at any accredited college, university, or ASE/NATEF certified automotive vocational program within the U.S.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Provide a 250-word essay describing why they believe they should qualify to be a Bosch scholarship recipient.
  • Provide at a minimum one letter of recommendation from a current instructor, employer or other non-family reference.
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Gates Corporation Scholarships

Gates Corporation funds a number of scholarships each year. In 2017, Gates awarded $16,000 in scholarships.

The eligibility criteria are identical to the general UAF scholarship criteria: Applicants must be in or entering a full time post-secondary program at an accredited college or university or an ASE/NATEF certified automotive vocational school. Applicants must be planning a career in the automotive aftermarket.

Gates prefers applicants training to become automotive technicians.

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George W. Wilson III and KIAWA Scholarship (KY & IN only)

KIAWA Education Foundation, Inc. was formed for the benefit of those students who are residents of Kentucky or Indiana and are seeking to further their respective careers in the Automotive and Truck Aftermarkets. KIAWA offers two scholarships annually in the amount of $2,000.00 each, one for a Kentucky resident and one for an Indiana resident. Qualifications for the scholarships are listed below, and if qualified, you may submit a complete application for consideration.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Kentucky or Indiana.
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a college-level program or an ASE/NATEF certified post secondary automotive technical program. NATEF – the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation – sets standards for automotive education program, and ASE – the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence – certifies schools, which meet these standards. See www.natef.org for a list of certified programs.
  • Submit your high school transcript, and your post-secondary school transcript if you are already in a post-secondary program. We accept copies of transcripts.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from non-family members. Only one may be from your church or minister. Best recommendations come from people associated with the automotive aftermarket industry.

All scholarships awarded will be paid directly to the successful candidates academic institution upon verification and proof of satisfactory enrollment.

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High School Senior Scholarship Program

Automotive Training Center is always looking for tomorrow’s brightest technicians. And every year from October through April, ATC conducts an annual High School Senior Scholarship Program.

If you’re an active high school senior, you’re eligible to participate in the program. Ideal candidates show a high level of aptitude and a desire to succeed in the fields of automotive, hi-performance, diesel, collision repair, or marine service technology.

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Larry Cotten Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is offered by the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation.  The $1500 scholarship is awarded to a student training to become a collision repair technician.

The scholarship applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must either be a graduating high school senior or have graduated from high school
  • Applicant must be able to obtain a letter of reference from his/her instructor
  • Applicant must have a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a full time post-secondary collision repair program.
  • Applicant must complete the University of the Aftermarket Foundation scholarship application (opens in new window). All school transcripts including high school and post-secondary (if applicable) must be submitted with the application.
  • Applicant must submit a 250-word essay, on why the student believes they deserve to be a scholarship recipient, with the application.

We respectfully request that the winning applicant be able to create a short (60 second) “thank you” video upon the award’s receipt. This video will be used in Foundation marketing and shown at the annual NACAT awards banquet during the year in which the award was granted.

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MAPA Educational Development Scholarship (Deadline 3/31/18)

The MAPA Educational Development Fund was established in 1991 at the Capital Region Community Foundation to enable MAPA’s charitable pursuits and provide college scholarships to employees and dependents of MAPA members statewide, pursuing undergraduate education. Applicants may be enrolled in any course of study. Additional consideration may be extended to applicants enrolled in Business Administration and/or Automotive Aftermarket Technology. One of the scholarships granted annually is in memory of MAPA founder Justin H. ‘Jud’ Morrison.

There will be three (3) $1,000 scholarships awarded in 2018 in addition to (1) $500.00 for the Justin H. ‘Jud’ Morrison Memorial Achievement of Excellence Award. The deadline is March 31, 2018.

Since the MAPA Educational Development Scholarship Fund program began, MAPA has awarded $71,500 to 76 students.

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MAPSA Jack Thayer Memorial Scholarship

The Midwest Automotive Parts & Service Association sponsors the MAPSA Jack Thayer Memorial Scholarship Program to assist students wishing to continue their education beyond the secondary level.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • Sponsored by an MAPSA member in good standing;
  • An MAPSA member, an immediate family member of an MAPSA member, full time employees of MAPSA members, or an immediate family member of a full time employee of an MAPSA member.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.
  • Please include a photo as an attachment or forward by mail to the MAPSA Office.

Scholarship Awards- Scholarship(s) will be awarded each academic year to qualified undergraduate students who have applied or enrolled full time at an accredited college or university and are working or planning to work toward an Associate or Bachelors degree. A minimum of one $1,000 scholarship will be available each academic year. The scholarship will be payable to the college of the recipients choice or directly to the recipient upon proof of the recipient’s paid tuition.

Contact MAPSA for more information.

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Michael Busch Memorial Scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to collision students. Qualified applicants must be a graduating high school senior, or have graduated from high school or received a GED certificate. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full time student in a 2 or 4 year college or an ASE/NATEF certified post secondary collision repair program.

NATEF, the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, sets standards for automotive education programs, and ASE, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, certifies schools that meet the standards. Certified schools are listed at www.natef.org.

Staff members of Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium sponsoring associations and their family members are not eligible.

About the Michael Busch Memorial Scholarships:
The Michael Busch Memorial Scholarship fund was created in memory of the son of a former collision shop owner and ASE board member, Jim Busch, who operated a shop in Issaquah, Washington until his retirement.  His son, Michael, was an automotive technology student who tragically lost his battle with cancer.

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Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Scholarship

This annual scholarship is offered through Mitchell 1 and is presented at the annual NACAT Conference and Awards Dinner. The scholarship recognizes one U.S. or Canadian high school senior for outstanding achievement in automotive technology / auto shop repair scholastics.

The scholarship applicant must be a current student majoring in automotive technology / auto shop repair course work and must meet the following criteria:

  • Nomination from his/her NACAT instructor
  • Minimum overall 3.0 grade point average
  • Planning to attend an accredited college or university, or already enrolled in an accredited college or university, and
  • A U.S. or Canadian citizen

The winning student receives a $2,500 scholarship, a check for $500 and roundtrip airfare and accommodations for the winner and a guest to attend the NACAT conference.

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society EIF Student Scholarships

Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Scholarships are available to students attending a full time ASE / NATEF-certified automotive technician training program.

  • Qualified applicants must either be a graduating high school senior or have graduated from high school.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full time ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive training program.
  • Applicants must completely fill out the on-line application. All school transcripts including high school and post-secondary (if applicable) must be submitted with the application.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a non-family member must be submitted with the application.
  • A 250-word essay on why the student believes they deserve to be a scholarship recipient must be submitted with the application.
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Mort Schwartz Award (California/Nevada/Arizona)

CAWA – representing the Automotive Parts Industry in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • Sponsored by an CAWA member, including a letter of recommendation from a CAWA member;
  • Pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket or in business;
  • A legal resident of Arizona, California or Nevada, or attending a school in Arizona, California or Nevada;
  • A high school graduate or possess a GED certificate;
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a curriculum leading to a degree or certificate in an accredited college, university or technical institute
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New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association Scholarships (Recurring)

NYSAAA is the New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association Scholarships.  If you are a resident of New York and meet the additional qualifications below, and submit a complete application, you will be considered by NYSAAA for their scholarship offerings.

The John J. Lorenzen and Debbie J. Tranello Memorial Scholarship Funds are to financially assist those persons wishing to continue their education beyond the secondary level in pursuit of a career in the Automotive Aftermarket, which encompasses the replacement parts distribution industry and the high tech diagnostic repair industry.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • A high school senior who has a good academic standing and is currently involved in a class which may be related to the automotive industry.
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll full time in an accredited college or university, and working or planning to work toward an Associate or Bachelors degree.
  • A high school graduate or holding a GED certificate and currently employed in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry.
  • A high school graduate or holding a GED certificate and are recommended by a current NYSAAA member.
  • Committed to a career in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry and enroll in a college or a university that will prepare a student for such a career.

There will be a minimum of one scholarship awarded per fund each year. The dollar amount will be determined by the yearly amounts of contributions and will be made payable to the attended college. An amount of $1,000 each will be the minimum goal.

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Ortner Scholarship Program (Recurring)

In 1995, the Association of Diesel Specialists and the Ortner Foundation’s trustees approved the Ortner Scholarship Program. The scholarships, administered by the ADS Technical Education Committee, seek to recruit new students into diesel training programs at ADS Technical Training Members Institutions. A total of 25 scholarships are offered each year. Twenty of these scholarships are available to first-year students and five are available to second-year students.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled as a first or second year student at an ADS member school.
  • Submit an application and transcripts of prior education experience for review by the Technical Education Committee.
  • Be sponsored by an ADS member instructor or a current ADS member
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SAE / Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies Scholarship

Ford Next Generation Learning mobilizes educators, employers, and community leaders to prepare a new generation of young people who will graduate from high school ready for college, career, and life-prepared to compete successfully in the 21st-century economy.

This scholarship is in support of the SAE Foundation to ensure an adequate supply of well-trained engineers for the future.

Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. resident
  • Current high school senior.
  • 3.0 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Rank in the 90th percentile in both math and critical reading on SAT 1 or the composite ACT scores.
  • Pursuing a bachelor/associate degree in engineering or technology through an ABET accredited program.
  • Planning to attend an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Current Student from an academy in the Ford NGL Network &/or a Powered by Ford STEAM Academy. Students from Project Lead the Way or Engineering Your World Programs are eligible.
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SEMA Scholarships (Deadline 3/1/18)

College is expensive, and SEMA can help! Earn up to $5,000 for School.

Every year SEMA helps students pay for their college tuition, and helps SEMA Members pay off their student loans. Students from all academic and technical disciplines that lead to careers in the automotive industry are welcome to apply!
Awards distributed in July.

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Incoming freshmen or continued enrollment in college, university or post-secondary career and technology school in the U.S.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Pursuit of degree or certification that leads to a career in automotive. All disciplines welcome!
  • Show your passion for automotive!
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Shear Comfort Automotive Scholarship (Recurring)

ShearComfort is giving away a $1,500.00 scholarship to a student enrolled either in an engineering program related to the development of vehicles (mechanical engineering, automotive, aerospace, production, electrical, etc), Automotive Technology, or a similar program related to the automotive industry at an accredited college or university in Canada or the United States. The award will be given out to two different students per year. Essay submission deadlines are October 15th for the Fall semester and April 15 for the Spring semester.

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Southern Illinois University STEM Scholarship (3/1/18)

Attention Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) majors transferring to SIU: The National Science Foundation has awarded SIU $1M to expand its successful Leadership Development Program into all four of its STEM colleges. The Leadership Development Program (LDP) at SIU is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the US.

The training program and scholarship will last about five semesters, typically the time needed for transfer students to complete their degree. Students will be immersed in a leadership culture of their peers who strive to develop their leadership skills and attain excellence. Students have remarked that one of the biggest benefits of the LDP is the high-quality lifelong friendships they make in the program and the amazing job opportunities.

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The Knudson Churchill Scholarship (3/16/18)

The Knudson Churchill Scholarship is designed to promote and support education in the fields of print journalism or automotive technology. Endowed by the New England MG T Register, the program will present the best applicant with a monetary award to an, accredited, post-secondary school of winner’s choice in order to study in one of these two areas. Applicants who demonstrate an interest and potential to succeed in the field of print journalism or automotive technology are eligible to apply.

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Women In Auto Care Scholarships (Recurring)

Every year, Woman in Auto Care awards multiple scholarships for high school and post-secondary female students. When the scholarship program began, they awarded $10,000. The organization has increased funding for these scholarships to over $60,000 and growing.

 

Post-Secondary Awards:

  • Kathleen Schmatz Scholarship $10,000
  • Three $5,000 Awards
  • Eight $2,5000 Awards

High School Awards:

  • One $5,000 award
  • Two $2,500 award
  • Five $1,000
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