Pep Boys and an Icahn Enterprises have extended the deadline for the annual “Find Your Drive” scholarship program.
Those studying to become technicians are invited to apply for one of the 15 scholarships. Entries will be accepted until Friday, June 4.
Scholarships awarded through the program this year will total $100,000 to celebrate the company’s centennial and continue the “Race to 2026” initiative, designed to recruit talented technicians in the automotive industry and close America’s skills gap.
This year’s program will include five $10,000 scholarships to be awarded to qualified students studying to become professional automotive technicians in major metro areas: Houston; Los Angeles; Orlando, Florida.; Philadelphia; and Puerto Rico.
An additional ten $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students studying to become professional automotive technicians in other areas in the United States.
“There’s no better way to celebrate our centennial and demonstrate our commitment to the future than by supporting an impressive new generation of automotive technicians,” said Brian Kaner, CEO of Pep Boys. “For 100 years, Pep Boys has helped talented, passionate people build rewarding careers in this vital industry, and we’re continuing to build on our legacy with $100,000 in new scholarships for 2021.”
To be eligible for consideration for a scholarship, students must be pursuing an automotive technician degree or certification through a full- or part-time college or trade school program and meet certain academic requirements, provide a written or video essay, and submit two letters of recommendation.
The application window is now open and will remain open until midnight ET on Friday, June 4, and winners will be notified by Tuesday, June 15. Students can begin the application process and find additional details and eligibility requirements at www.pepboys.com/findyourdrive.
The annual scholarship program is part of Pep Boys’ “Race to 2026” initiative that aims to increase the number of trained technicians and help fill an industrywide talent gap projected to grow to 46,000 over the next five years. “Pep Boys offers a broad range of industry-leading opportunities and career paths designed to encourage talented future technicians to follow their passion for automotive,” the company said in a news release. “In addition to scholarships, the company partners with leading technical schools, internship and work opportunities during a student’s education. After graduation, technicians can launch their careers with the company performing basic maintenance and take advantage of benefits such as tuition assistance, apprenticeships, company-sponsored certifications and continuing education to move on to more complex repairs, or progress to a leadership role.”