Wednesday, 08 September 2021 17:22

CA New Car Dealers Association Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 20 Auto Tech Students


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The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) Scholarship Foundation announced the winners of its annual CAR CAREERS Scholarship Program, providing more than $100,000 to deserving students pursuing careers in automotive technology.

The grant recipients were selected through a competitive application process that evaluated academic performance, career interests and industry experience.


The foundation board selected the top four candidates from each of five regions across the state, who were each awarded $5,000 to cover education and training expenses.


From these 20 grant recipients, Vincent Lagasca was selected as the overall statewide winner, receiving an additional $5,000 for the Peter K. Welch Honorary Scholarship.


“We were very impressed with the students who applied for this scholarship program and are proud to be able to support them as they pursue promising careers in the auto tech industry,” said Brian Maas, CNCDA president and CNCDA Scholarship Foundation vice president.


“What interests me most about the automotive industry is how important cars are to our culture in America and how much people depend on the industry to produce, maintain and repair automotive vehicles," said Nikolai Hansen, an award recipient from Solano Community College. "From getting to work each day or driving across the country to visit family, we all depend on our vehicles to get us where we need to be.”


“There’s something fulfilling about tightening the final bolt on a project---a sense of accomplishment that I haven’t found anywhere else," said Molly Poer, an award recipient from Cypress College. "Being an unconventional student, who has already completed previous degrees, worked in a different field and yet still wants to grow my skill set to transition to a vastly different career, I know that I...

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