Partnership results in 50 automotive scholarships

• Deadline to apply is Feb. 28; many qualifying courses available in Hamilton

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MONTGOMERY - Fifty automotive scholarships are up for grabs.
Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor Jimmy Baker announced on Thursday, Jan. 31, that  the ACCS and the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) have partnered together and are giving away 50 scholarships to students who want to pursue a career in the automotive industry. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 28.
BSCC Automotive Division Chair Chad Bryant said that automotive job salaries usually fall between $50,000 - $70,000. However, there specialist positions which can break up into the six-figure range as well.
The initiative is being pushed in an effort to fill more than 10,000 auto-manufacturing jobs within the next two years.
The partnership is collectively providing $180,000 in scholarships as well as providing mentors 50 the 50  accepted students.
Interested students with at least a 2.5 GPA can learn more information and apply directly through the website,
A full submission for the scholarship requires the following:
• A completed application;
• A maximum 500-word essay on why the student wants to work in Alabama’s automotive industry;
• One signed reference letter;
• An unofficial college or high school transcript; and
• A headshot photo.
Applicants must use the scholarship toward one of the 14 following declared majors of study or another automotive-related program (those in bold text are offered in Marion County on the Bevill State Community College (BSCC)-Hamilton Campus):
• Automotive Manufacturing Technology; Industrial Electronics Technology; Industrial Maintenance Technology - Certificates available in Hamilton through the ​Electrical Systems Technology course with instructor Toby Taylor;
• Automotive Service Technician - Degree available in Hamilton through the Vehicle Technology and Repair course with instructor Chad Bryant;
• Computer Numerical Control; Machine Tool Technology - Certificate  and degree offered in Hamilton through the Machine Tool Technology course with instructor Prentice Howell;
• Mechanical Design Technology - Degree available in Hamilton through the Advanced Engineering Design Technology course with instructor Richie Stone;
• Welding Technology - Degree offered in Hamilton through the Welding Technology course with instructor Mike Reed;
• Automotive Manufacturing;
• Engineering Technology;
• Injection Molding;
• Logistics;
• Manufacturing Technology; or
• Mechatronics;
AAMA President Ron Davis said the scholarship program was designed to build interest in the exciting and rewarding careers the automotive industry offers.
“As Alabama’s auto industry continues to grow, skilled workers are vital to our industry’s continued success,” he stated.
ACCS Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development Jeff Lynn said the scholarship opportunity is just one of several efforts ACCS is executing with its partners this year in order to continually provide world-class training that meets Alabama’s industry needs.
“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,” he said.
“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.”