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Calhoun offering automotive scholarships to Alabamians

Calhoun Community College is doing its part to boost the state’s automotive industry workforce.

The school is offering automotive scholarships to Alabama residents for the fall 2023 semester. Each scholarship is valued at $4,000.

According to Calhoun President Dr. Jimmy Hodges, the scholarships are the result of a partnership between the Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association.

“Our automotive business leaders are in desperate need of students with an educational background in automotive, electrical, welding and engineering to serve in their dealerships, automotive plants and facilities across the state,” said Hodges. “One of the main goals of the ACCS is to prepare our students to immediately enter the workforce with hands-on training from an up-to-date curriculum.

“Although the partnership started with our system, we as colleges within the system will honor those scholarships to ensure students are able to get the training and education they need with as little to no out-of-pocket student debt as possible.”

The scholarships are available to Alabama residents who are interested in attending an ACCS college to train for careers in their region’s automotive manufacturing industry.

To receive one of the scholarships, students must be enrolled in a program associated with automotive manufacturing and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Students who are awarded the scholarship may use the funds for tuition, books and fees associated with their approved program of study during the fall 2023 academic year.

“Students who apply do not have to be interested in changing oil, tires and working on engines,” said Lewis Nall, Calhoun automotive instructor. “The broad range of areas to choose will also increase the number of jobs a student would qualify for upon graduation.”

The scholarships are available for training in the following areas:

  • Mechatronics
  • Automated manufacturing technology
  • Industrial electronics technology
  • Industrial maintenance technology
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Injection molding
  • Machining, machine tool, CNC
  • Welding technology
  • Automotive service technology
  • Engineering technology
  • Mechanical design technology
  • Logistics

To be considered for a scholarship, students should submit a complete application packet, including a completed online AAMA application, proof of completion of a new orientation course to the automotive industry, one signed reference letter, an unofficial college or high school transcript and a headshot photo.

Click here to apply for a scholarship and to learn more about the scholarship opportunities.

The deadline for submission is March 31.

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