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.
AACA John and Janet Ricketts Leadership Scholarship
A $1,500 cash award to any Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) member, child, or grandchild of an AACA member in good standing for at least 5 years, who has been accepted to an institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution. This award is granted by the family of John and Janet Ricketts in recognition of their love for AACA and their belief in service to the club. It is also in recognition of our first female National President, Janet Ricketts in 1999. Region or chapter membership is encouraged but not required.Learn More
This award is granted by the AACA National Board of Directors. Region or chapter membership is encouraged but not required. One or more awards may be presented each year.
- A current AACA member, child, or grandchild of a current AACA member for a minimum of 5 continuous years.
- Accepted to a recognized accredited institution, or is now enrolled in such institution leading to a four-year college Bachelor’s degree or completion of a two-year vocational education program.
- 25 years old or less by December 31 of the year making the application.
- The recipient may only receive any AACA scholarship once.
AACA Young People's Award Scholarship
This award is merit-based, and while financial need may be considered, it is not a deciding factor. One or more awards may be presented each year.
- A current AACA member, child or grandchild of a current AACA member for a minimum of 5 continuous years
- Applicant must be accepted to a recognized accredited institution or is now enrolled in such institution leading to a four-year college bachelor’s degree or completion of a two-year vocational education program
- 25 years of age or less by December 31 of the year making application
- Nominated by an AACA Region
- Recipient may only receive any AACA scholarship once
AmericanMuscle's Student Scholarship Program
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 [email protected] 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.Apply Now
Art Fisher Memorial Scholarships
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.Apply Now
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
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
Please send an email to [email protected] with any questions or comments concerning scholarship applications.Apply Today
Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) Scholarships
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.
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Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship
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.
Breslow Foundation Scholarship
The Breslow Foundation was formed to honor the memory of Barry Breslow. The scholarships honor the late Barry Breslow, an active participant in the automotive aftermarket for many years. Breslow, who passed way in December 2005, was one of the original owners of Autospecialty Inc. and a former chairman of the Auto International Association (AIA), now a segment within Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). He also was a member of the AIA Hall of Fame and a past recipient of the AIA Person of the Year.
To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be:
- Qualified applicants must either be a graduating high school senior or have graduated from high school within the past two years. An exception to the two-year requirement will be made for military or religious service.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a 4-year college-level program.
- Graduate programs and undergraduate part-time programs do not qualify.
- Priority is given to students who plan a professional career in the automotive aftermarket, in categories such as engineering or business.
The Breslow Foundation awards five (5) $2,000 scholarships each year.Apply Today
CJ Pony Parts Scholarship Video Contest
CJ Pony Parts is proud to offer two scholarships each year, each worth $500, to students who are enrolling in post-secondary education in their next semester.
Any current student who is a U.S. resident and will be enrolling in post-secondary education in their next semester is eligible for this scholarship. This is open to all fields of study and is not exclusive to automotive or related degrees. See Other Rules and Regulations for more.
How to Apply
Create a short video, under 3 minutes long, on one of these topics:
- What is your first memory of a Mustang?
- How does a Mustang relate to your field of study? (get creative!)
- With the recent development of autonomous/self-driving vehicles, how do you see that changing the automotive industry?
- CJ Pony Parts has been around for over 30 years; where do you see yourself 30 years from now?
- As Lee Iacocca was the lead influencer for the debut of the Ford Mustang in April 1964, who is most influential in your life and why?
You can be inspirational, funny, serious, educational, or even musical! Winners will be selected based on creativity and content rather than video editing skill or how many views the video gets. Submitted videos must be your own work.
Upload your video to YouTube and then email the link to [email protected] before midnight EST on the appropriate deadline below.
There will be one scholarship awarded in the spring semester and one scholarship awarded in the fall.
SPRING: Deadline to submit – April 15 Winners announced – May 1
FALL: Deadline to submit – October 15 Winners announced – November 1
eBay Motors Scholarship Program
The eBay Motors ASE Prep Scholarship program has been established to help automotive technicians earn their ASE certifications. Customers trust eBay Motors every day for the parts, accessories and tools they need to keep their vehicles running strong. They also trust certified technicians to help with these repairs. The goal of this program is to engage the automotive aftermarket to continue their education with ASE Test Preparation and ultimately leading to more trusted, certified automotive technicians.
Applicant must meet the following criteria to apply for this scholarship program:
- 18+ years of age
- Currently employed as an automotive technician or
- Enrolled in a vocational school automotive program
- Email address or eBay Member ID (register today if you don’t already have an account)
- Completed application
- Limit one scholarship per user
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.Apply Now
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.Apply Now
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.Learn More
Jim Moss Memorial Scholarship
The Jim Moss Scholarship was created to pay tribute to an Aftermarket Legend. Jim’s passion for the Aftermarket and the Heavy Duty industry as a whole combined with his willingness to share his knowledge and expertise with others was remarkable and is well deserving of recognition.
To honor him, an annual scholarship will be awarded to deserving college students whose studies focus in the Aftermarket and/or the Heavy Duty Industry with preference given to Northwood University students. Those applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- Be a graduating high school senior or have graduated from high school within the past two years. Those serving our military are exempt from this requirement.
- Applicants must be enrolling in a four-year college-level full-time program. Those pursuing graduate degrees or part-time programs do not qualify.
- Two $500 scholarships are awarded each year.
Louise Bianchi Chiotti Memorial Scholarship Award
- Applicant must be currently enrolled in a recognized accredited institution of higher learning leading to completion of a program in automotive technology and/ or restoration and has shown an active interest in the hobby of antique vehicles
- Recipient may only receive any AACA scholarship once
- Recipient must be an AACA member (Student or Regular) for the year in which the award is given or the child or grandchild of a current AACA member
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.Apply Now
Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund (Univ. of Northwestern Ohio)
The Marilyn Schwartz Memorial Fund was established within the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to award scholarships in honor of Marilyn Schwartz, wife of aftermarket veteran Mort Schwartz.
Eligibility Criteria: Open to students attending the University of Northwestern Ohio, or high school graduating students planning to attend UNO, and enrolled in the Heavy Duty / Diesel training program at UNO. Students should have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year.Apply Now
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.
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.Apply Now
New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association Scholarships
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.Apply Now
Ortner Scholarship Program
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
Robert Thomas Wilkes Memorial Scholarship
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has established memorial scholarships to honor the distinguished career of Bob Wilkes, former chairman of the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) who passed away on Dec. 2, 2017 at the age of 64.
In 2019, two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Qualified candidates must be planning a career in the automotive aftermarket and must be entering or attending a full-time, post-secondary program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university or an ASE/NATEF certified automotive vocational school.
Applications approved by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) Scholarship Committee will be submitted to the UAF Board of Trustees for approval.Apply Now
Shear Comfort Automotive Scholarship
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.Learn More
University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation provides an annual grant to fund scholarships. Applicants must meet these qualifications:
- Planning a career in the Automotive Aftermarket.
- There is no minimum GPA requirement for UAF awards.
- Planning to attend or attending a full time program at an accredited college or university, or an ASE/NATEF certified post secondary automotive, collision, or heavy duty technician training program.
Women In Auto Care Scholarships
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.
- 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