Automotive manufacturing industry scholarships available

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 2/24/19

Automotive manufacturing industry scholarships are in reach and can be used to enroll in a number of programs at Bevill State Community College.The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and Alabama …

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Automotive manufacturing industry scholarships available

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Automotive manufacturing industry scholarships are in reach and can be used to enroll in a number of programs at Bevill State Community College.

The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) have partnered to offer the scholarships for those interesting in pursuing a technical education certificate or associate degree to work in the automotive industry.

The scholarships awarded will be available for use over two semesters at 23 eligible community colleges in Alabama. According to a press release from ACCS, $180,000 in scholarships will be warded to 40 college students and 10 high schoolers.

Each scholarship will be $3,600.

"As Alabama's auto industry continues to grow, skilled workers are vital to our industry's continued success," AAMA President Ron Davis said in a press release. 

Bevill State Community College provided the Daily Mountain Eagle with a list of courses that could be taken with the scholarship funding, in the event that locals are awarded a scholarship and choose to attend Bevill State. The courses include automotive service technician, computer numerical control, industrial electronics technology, industrial maintenance technology, machine shop/tool technology, manufacturing technology, mechanical design technology and welding technology.

Other automotive-related programs at BSCC may be considered as applicable for the scholarship as well.  

The deadline to apply for a scholarship has been extended to March 14.

In addition to a general application, applicants must submit a 500-word essay to explain their interest in the automotive industry, provide one signed reference letter and an unofficial high school or college transcript, and a headshot photograph.

Applications must be submitted at www.dreamitdoitalabama.com/aama/.

Interested parties must be an Alabama resident to apply, be a high school senior or college freshman, have an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater and be willing to participate with an assigned mentor.

Applicants must have a declared major in automotive manufacturing technology, automotive manufacturing, automotive service technician, computer numerical control, engineering technology, industrial electronics technology, industrial maintenance technology, injection molding, logistics, machine shop/tool technology, manufacturing technology, mechanical design technology, mechatronics, welding technology or another automotive related program.  

ACCS Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development Jeff Lynn said ACCS is committed to continue providing opportunities for Alabamians to get training to meet growing industry needs in the state.

"The best advice we gather for how to educate an excellent workforce for Alabama's employers and entrepreneurs is from direct input on what industries need," Lynn said in a press release. "Partnerships we're creating to build programs that build futures for all Alabama residents require our investment in career technical education, and we're committed to doing so locally, regionally and statewide."