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Scholarships available for students interested in automotive manufacturing career

Current high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in Alabama’s multi-billion dollar automotive industry have two weeks to apply for a scholarship that can be used at Gadsden State or any of the 24 state community colleges.

The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and Alabama Community College System have partnered to provide a total $189,000 in scholarships, as well as mentors, to 52 students who want to pursue a technical education certificate or associate degree in the automotive manufacturing industry. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.

Students awarded after the November deadline will begin classes in the spring, summer or fall semesters of 2021. 

Interested students with at least a 2.5 GPA can learn more information and apply directly through the website,

The scholarship must be used toward an automotive-related program. At Gadsden State, those programs include Automotive Manufacturing Technology; Automotive Service Technology; Computer Numerical Control; Electronic Engineering Technology; Industrial Automation Technology; Precision Machining; Mechanical Design Technology; or Welding Technology.

The total award is $3,600 for each student. The award covers tuition, fees and/or books needed. A full submission for the scholarship requires the following: a completed application; a resume; 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.