Four students enrolled at a Queens, NY, post-secondary technical institute have been awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to pursue careers as automotive technicians, a highly in-demand field that provides a pathway to quality long-term careers.
The scholarships were awarded by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA), which represents over 400 franchise new car dealerships in Metro New York, at its annual charity golf outing at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, NY.
The four students received $5,000 each to further their education and enter the industry at franchise new vehicle dealerships in the New York area.
Since creating the scholarship program in 2005, GNYADA has raised more than $1 million on behalf of automotive education. Funds are raised at the tournament through the generosity of franchise new car dealers, sponsors and others.
The recipients are Destanie Greczkowski, of Jamaica, Queens; German Gonzalez, of East Elmhurst, Queens; Oliver Zhou, of Howard Beach, Queens; and Elias Soto of Yonkers, NY.
All plan to pursue careers as auto technicians at new car dealerships in the metro New York area.
“They are the future of our industry and it is looking very bright indeed,” said Mark Schienberg, president of GNYADA. “These students have worked so hard to achieve the level of skills that are critical to be in the auto industry. GNYADA and its member dealers are proud to support the education of so many talented young people at Lincoln Tech.”
“This is going to change my life and enable me to do what I love,” said Zhou. “In New York, there are so many opportunities—so many dealerships, jobs and opportunities for growth.”
“Since I was a little kid, I always loved cars. I had cars under my bed, everywhere,” said Gonzalez. “I’m so glad I found this school. My parents are proud of me because I’m doing what I like.”
“I’m so excited to begin my career in an area that I’m truly passionate about,” said Soto. “My particular focus has been in electronics, the high-tech components that are such an integral part of today’s cars. I hope to use that knowledge to build a long-term career at a dealership fixing cars today.”