With the auto technician shortage growing nationwide, a helping hand with scholarships can make a huge difference for those interested in joining the crash repair industry, or any field of the automotive sector, and for businesses that need more skilled employees.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) awards scholarships from $1,000 to $8,000 to current students in a high school or college collision repair program each July. Students can apply for this year on the institution’s website by the end of this month and the deadline is March 2. CREF has so far received $175,000 to award it this year. Collision coaches must complete a Student Collision Repair School Solutions Survey to be eligible for any of the scholarships or toolkits offered by CREF. Other eligibility requirements vary based on the type of scholarship and can include gender, school, academic year, future plans, extracurricular activities, and/or financial need.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is offering scholarships worth $5,000. To apply, all that is required is an unofficial transcript or technical training progress report, an online recommendation from a mentor, employer or mentor and a demonstrated passion for the automotive industry. Eligibility requires applicants to be at least 18 years old, be a US citizen and an incoming new student or already enrolled in a US college, university, post-secondary vocational school and school of technology. The scholarships, awarded in July, aren’t limited to the crash industry either – all automotive majors are welcome. Loan forgiveness is also offered. The application deadline for both is March 1. Find out more at sites.sema.org/scholarships.
Forty scholarships will be available through the TechForce Foundation’s partnership with Advance Auto Parts. The $2,500 scholarships will be funded by a $25,000 donation of WD-40 through the “RevUp” campaign. Charles Sanville, better known as “The Humble Mechanic”, has matched one of the Grant $2,500 to create a $5,000 scholarship. Beneficiaries will receive additional resources and career development opportunities.
As part of the partnership, from December 30 through February 16, Advance will offer WD-40 at a reduced price with revenue fromThe online upgrade is expected to help support scholarships. Donations can be made to help fund more scholarships for the RevUp campaign on the TechForce website. More information about other scholarships offered through TechForce is available at techforce.org/scholarships. All TechForce scholarship programs are year-round in monthly cycles so that a student can apply at any time during the year.
The Minnesota chapter of the Alliance of Automobile Service Providers (AASP/MN) awards a $1,500 scholarship each fall to first- and second-year students enrolled in post-secondary auto service and collision repair programs. Applicants must submit at least one letter of reference and have their teacher submit a verification form on their behalf. High school students enrolled in the motor class are eligible to apply with a teacher verification form and a letter of reference. The deadline for applications is March 31. Learn more or apply at aaspmn.org/scholarships.
The University Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) offers scholarships and helps connect students with other organizations that offer them. By submitting a UAF application, students are not only automatically considered by the UAF but also by many other organizations. Full-time students attending an accredited US college or university, ASE/NATEF-accredited post-secondary motor school, heavy-duty or crash repair school as well as high school graduates who plan to be full-time students in any of the above are eligible. There is no GPA requirement. Canadian students are also welcome to apply through a separate application form. Find out more and apply online at automotivescholarships.com/apply-online.
Featured Image: Several scholarship opportunities are available for those who wish to pursue a career in the collision repair industry, or the automobile industry in general. Credit: FG Trade/iStock