SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Icahn Automotive Group L.L.C. plans to award $30,000 in scholarships for the 2019-20 school year to a dozen qualified students studying to become professional automotive technicians.
The scholarship program is part of Icahn Automotive's recently announced "Race to 2026" initiative that's designed to encourage more men and women to pursue viable careers in the aftermarket automotive sector.
"The Icahn Automotive scholarship program represents an additional level of investment in the future of our industry and the people that power it," Icahn Automotive CEO Dan Ninivaggi said.
"Supporting students who have an interest in the skilled trades is essential to ensuring we have enough qualified professionals ready to service customer vehicles for decades to come."
Icahn Automotive, which estimates the industry-wide talent gap will to grow to 46,000 jobs over the next seven years, awarded the first scholarship at its Race to 2026 launch event in mid-February at Universal Technical Institute's NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C.
Icahn Automotive goes to market under a number of retail brands, including Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care.
Twelve additional $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled full- or part-time in a high school, college or trade school pursuing an automotive technician degree or certification.
Applications will be accepted from March 1 through April 30, and recipients will be announced in June. In addition to the application, students are required to submit written essays or videos describing "Why I want to be a top technician" and two letters of recommendation. All applications and related materials will be reviewed by the Icahn Automotive scholarship panel, which includes technicians and other employees.
To review scholarship requirements and begin the application process, visit www.icahnautomotive.com/scholarship.html.