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Automotive Technology Scholarships Key to Learning Latest in Auto Mechanics

With award-winning advances in the field of automotive technology debuting this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s a reminder to automotive technicians to stay on top of the latest industry advancements.

But what if you are a would-be mechanic? A dabbler? A tinkerer? Is there a way to convert your do-it-yourself home mechanic mentality to become a skilled tradesman? Most dabblers learn the basics of auto mechanics while working under the hood of the family car shoulder to shoulder with Dad.

A special few have discovered the joy and satisfaction at working with their hands. By taking something broken, and through manual manipulations, managed to bring a sophisticated bit of machinery to a voluminous roar or better, a gentle satisfying purr of a fine-tuned motor.

Many a parent has been quoted as saying, “if you can work with your hands, you will never be without work.” That’s good advice especially if you already foster a passion for the transportation trades. But with today’s economy how does one afford to pursue those passions? How can you afford to become an auto mechanic or automotive technician?

With the average career training costs in the thousands, it can make pursuing your passion a costly and daunting endeavor. The reality is that there are many ways to cover the cost of an education in the trades: scholarships, loans, grants, and military student aid.

Many vocational schools and career colleges have departments with student finance planners specializing in helping students find the best financial aid solution. A few options include:

  • Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Payment Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan

For anyone interested in pursuing post-secondary degrees in the fields of automotive, auto body, diesel, marine craft, and motorcycle technology through WyoTech, the WTI Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awards academic scholarships to encourage more men and women to complete the education and training necessary to succeed in these challenging and rewarding careers in the transportation service industry. Currently the program does not fund scholarships for non-transportation industry trades such as HVAC or Electrician programs. Find out how what requirements are needed to apply for a WyoTech scholarship for a career in transportation service industry.

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