The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) awarded $14,000 in scholarships to help post-secondary automotive students pay for tuition during the 2016-’17 school year. The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 per student and were made possible by a successful fundraising drive within the AASP-MN membership, as well as a donation from the Minnesota State I-CAR Committee. All recipients will be entering the second year of a NATEF-certified automotive program based in Minnesota.
This year’s recipients are:
Dylan Ahrndt, Ridgewater College, Willmar – Auto Body Collision Repair
Trevor Dosch, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount – Auto Body Collision Repair
Jamie Garciano Acosta, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park – Auto Body Collision Repair
Rachel Meisch, MN State College Southeast Technical, Winona – Automotive Service Technology
Kevin Miller, Century College, White Bear Lake – Automotive Service Technology
Juan Mireles, MN State Community & Technical College, Detroit Lakes – Automotive Service Technology
Ryan Moe, Century College, White Bear Lake – Automotive Service Technology
Kevin Nguyen, Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie – Auto Body Collision Repair
Codey Owen, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount – Auto Body Collision Repair
Cory Reller, Century College, White Bear Lake – Automotive Service Technology
Ben Scherger, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount – Auto Body Collision Repair
Bryant Swiers, MN State Community & Technical College, Moorhead – Automotive Service Technology
Beverly White, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis – Automotive Service Technology
Bradley Williams, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis – Automotive Service Technology
Approximately 30 students from 12 schools were eligible for the scholarships. Applications were reviewed by a committee of industry representatives, with consideration given to scholastic achievement, education and career goals, financial need and written recommendations.
The scholarship awards are the centerpiece of AASP-MN’s Automotive Education Fund, which was established to provide financial resources to support automotive students, enhance automotive programs and raise awareness of career opportunities in the independent automotive service industry.
AASP-MN is an association of nearly 800 independently-owned automotive service businesses and industry suppliers dedicated to improving the state’s automotive service industry and the success of its members. For more information, visit www.aaspmn.org.