Spark News | September 2020

Topics in Spark News for September 2020:

10k Scholarship Jessi Combs Foundation | Penske’s racing pit: NASCAR, SkillsUSA & Hot Rodders of Tomorrow | New Partners:  Minnesota Transportation Center of Excellence and North Carolina A&T | Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship awarded to Arkansas State University student | TechForce Foundation awards Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship


Deadline tomorrow: Jessi Combs Foundation scholarship

2020-09_Jessi Combs Scholarship_Jessi Combs portraitThe Jessi Combs Foundation is accepting applications to its $10,000 scholarship through midnight tomorrow, September 30, 2020. The scholarship is open to women who have graduated high school or are in their senior year and are currently enrolled in or have been accepted to attend an accredited vocational school. Learn more & apply here>>



NASCAR Tech, SkillsUSA and Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Alum joins Team Penske’s pit

2020-09_NASCAR Tech student on Team Penske_Car in the pit-1A few short years ago Gavin Kercher didn’t know what he wanted to do after high school. Today he works as a tire technician for Team Penske. He even served on the team’s pit crew at last month’s Indy 500! Learn how this Hot Rodders of Tomorrow and SkillsUSA student went from high school, to NASCAR Tech to the Indy 500 here>>

Resource Spotlight
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Techs & Trades

The new WD-40® Brand Techs & Trades program empowers skilled-trade professionals with product info, educational content, and special offers made exclusively for automotive professionals. Through WD-40 Company’s work with transportation professionals, they developed this program to help them get the job done right.

Click here for more about the program>>

New schools discover TechForce Foundation!

2020-09_TechForce expands scholarship to more schools_TF_Primary_FullColorTechForce welcomes students attending the College of Southern Idaho, Lawson State Community College and the Community College System of Southern New Hampshire to our scholarship family. These campuses join dozens of others where students receive TechForce Foundation scholarships and grants. Apply for TechForce scholarships here>>


Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship awarded to Arkansas State University student

2020-09_Carl Tapp Winner_Arkansas Trucking Association logoCongratulations to Mac McConnell, winner of Arkansas Trucking Association’s 2020 Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship! Mac will receive $7,500 to continue his technician training at Arkansas State University at Beebe. Learn more about the scholarship and meet this year’s winner on page 12 of the Arkansas Trucking Report here>>


Welcoming Minnesota Transportation Center of Excellence and North Carolina A&T

2020-09_MN Center and NCAT join_MN Center logoTechForce Foundation welcomes Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence and North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) as the two newest associationpartners in our workforce development campaign to build the next generation of technicians.

2020-09_MN Center and NCAT join_NCAT logoClick the links below to learn more about Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence>> and North Carolina A&T State University>>


TechForce Foundation awards Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship

2020-09_Brienne Davis winners_Natalie-12020-09_Brienne Davis winners_Cassandra photo-1Congratulations to Natalie and Cassandra on receiving the Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship! Natalie (left) is a student at UTI Dallas/ Fort Worth, and Cassandra (right) attends NASCAR Tech. Both women will receive $10,000 each to help with the cost of tuition. Congratulations to these outstanding future technicians!

Find out what TechForce scholarships are available to you here>>


Thank you to all TechForce Foundation partners!

2020-09_Thank you TechForce partners_Logo Lockup 200922Associations: America’s Automotive Trust (AAT), Automotive Communications Council, Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA), American Rental Association (ARA), Automotive Service Association (ASA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), ASE Education Foundation, ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC), Auto Care Association/Women in Auto Care, Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR), Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence, National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada (NAACC), National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), RPM Foundation, SkillsUSA, and American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC)

Celebrities: Lyn St. James (IndyCar), Bogi Lateiner (Girl Gang Garage), Steve Johnson (Steve Johnson Racing – NHRA) and Julia Landauer (Julia Landauer Racing – NASCAR)

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