Saturday, 02 August 2008 05:25

NASCAR, UTI Honor Female NASCAR Official with Scholarship

Written by Autobody News staff
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NASCAR Tech students building a race car from the frame up in their chassis class at UTI’s NASCAR Tech campus in Mooresville, N.C.
Recognizing there are many women interested in pursuing careers in the automotive industry, NASCAR and the UTI Foundation established the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund for women seeking an automotive technical education.

    Davis, a Universal Technical Institute (UTI) graduate and NASCAR Sprint Cup official, died tragically earlier this year at age 28, and is honored by this scholarship created to encourage women to seek a career in the automotive industry.

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At NASCAR Tech students learn the ins and outs of NASCAR engine building. NASCAR Tech is the exclusive education partner of NASCAR.
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NASCAR Tech students learn what it takes to build the frame of their chassis at UTI’s NASCAR Tech campus.

   “Brienne graduated at the top of her class at UTI and her accomplishments with NASCAR’s events are an inspiration for young women,” said Don Ableson, UTI Foundation president and chairman. “The generosity of the NASCAR Foundation, as well as generous contributions from NASCAR fans, will help women with a passion for motorsports pursue their career dreams in the automotive and NASCAR industries.”
    “NASCAR is proud to be able to honor the memory of Brienne as one of its shining stars who dedicated her time and energy to serving the sport in various roles,” said Odis Lloyd, managing director, Automotive Aftermarket at NASCAR. “In doing so we also open additional opportunities for women to follow in Brienne’s path and learn valuable skills through the NASCAR Technical Institute and pursue their career goals.”
    “The UTI Foundation believes in education, hands-on learning and the great need for trained technicians. With the U.S. Department of Labor expecting openings for more than 52,000 technicians a year for the next 10 years, it is important to recruit the best and brightest technicians and help worthy students in the process,” states Ableson. “The Foundation’s scholarship programs are essential to get students to school, have them stay, graduate and move on to productive careers.”
    The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an opportunity for a qualified female student who wishes to attend the NASCAR Technical Automotive Program at the UTI’s NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. Each year, a $10,000 scholarship will be presented to one student to attend NASCAR Tech.
    Criteria and application information is available at www.utifoundation.net, along with information for those interested in contributing to the fund.