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FutureTechs Rock Awards
TechForce has honored the most engaged, promising, and passionate students enrolled in transportation technician educational programs across the country with the 2023 TechForce FutureTechs™ Rock Awards!
Thousands in prizes have been awarded to ten student technicians who:
- Are full of passion and grit,
- Exhibit true excellence in their education and training and
- Are driving the future of our industry!
Discover out what you can achieve in this year’s FutureTechs Rock Awards. Meet the 2023 Category and Grand Prize Winners!
Important Dates to Remember:
January 23, 2023
February 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM PT
Deadline to Accept Nomination
February 12, 2023 at 11:59 PM PT
Category Winners Announced & Online Grand Prize Voting Starts
February 27, 2023 at 8 AM PT/ 11 AM ET
March 3, 2023 at 11:59 PM PT
Grand Prize Announced
March 7, 2023
Students have been awarded more than $20,000 in total prizes through the 2023 FutureTechs Rock Awards, thanks to generous donations from our partners and supporters like you!
Each of the ten (10) Category Winners, as selected by a panel of industry judges, will receive a prize package valued over $1,500 from TechForce partners including Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Cengage Learning, CRC Industries, New Ford Tech, Mighty Auto Parts, Nissan, Snap-on Industrial, Volvo and WD-40 Company.
Grand Prize Winner
One Grand Prize Winner –chosen by popular vote– will receive $1,000 TechForce scholarship and an additional $4,000 in prizes from TechForce partners including Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, CRC Industries, FedEx Freight, Mighty Auto Parts, New Ford Tech, Nissan, Snap-on Industrial and WD-40 Company.
Nomination Eligibility & Requirements
Nominees must display passion and hard work for becoming a future professional technician. Nominees shall exhibit exemplary character, be making a positive impact in their school and/or community, and have concrete examples of how they exceed expectations in their technical education program.
To nominate a student colleague or peer, please offer details on your candidate in the nomination form. Nominations open on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 11:30 AM ET/ 8:30 AM PT and close Friday, February 10, 2023 at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT.
1.) Nominees must be 18 years or older to enter or 16+ with their parent/guardian’s permission.
2.) Nominees must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status with proof of current Employment Authorization Document
3.) Nominees must be at least a current, active student, enrolled in a transportation technology curriculum, who:
a.) has completed, at a minimum their sophomore year of high school, and
b.) is currently enrolled as at least a Junior or Senior in high school, or actively enrolled in a post-secondary technical education program.
4.) Nominees MUST be a student at the time of nomination, and must continue to meet all nomination criteria through March 31, 2023.
a.) Students who graduate on or before March 31, 2023 are not eligible for nomination.
b.) Students on a leave of absence or waiting to start/in between school enrollment are not eligible for nomination.
c.) Any student, nominee, or honoree who misrepresents any portion of their nomination acceptance, including Parental Consent and nominee’s ability to meet nomination criteria, or any nominee for which a parent, guardian, nominator, or instructor knowingly misrepresents the nominee’s ability to meet nomination criteria shall be immediately disqualified, and/or have all awarded titles and prizes revoked.
5.) Once nominated, each nominee will receive a Nomination Acceptance email. Nominees must confirm and accept the nomination via the short survey linked in the email, before the acceptance deadline of Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 11:59 PM PT. Failure to submit this information by the deadline will result in nominee’s disqualification.
6.) Upon nomination acceptance, if nominee is under the age of 18, nominees’ parent or guardian will receive an email to confirm their Consent for nominee’s participation in the FutureTechs Rock Awards. The Acceptance, and Parental Consent where necessary, must be provided by Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 11:59 PM PT. Failure to submit this information by the deadline will result in nominee’s disqualification.
7.) Nominations must be submitted through the online nomination form. Nominations submitted via any other means, after the nomination deadline, or for a nominee who otherwise does not meet nomination criteria will not be considered.
8.) An individual may nominate any individual nominee only once. An individual may submit multiple nominations for multiple individuals.
9.) Nominations may be submitted by anyone. Self nominations are accepted.
10.) Only one individual is permitted to be nominated per each nomination submission. Individuals are permitted to submit multiple nomination submissions.
10.) Nomination questions should be answered in complete sentences.
11.) Chosen honorees must agree to the following to be considered:
a) Have their name and photo published in a digital and print media announcing the winners.
b) Be willing to participate in a Q&A-style interview with our editorial team.
c) Agree to provide their contact and shipping information to TechForce partners for prize delivery.
d) If chosen as Grand Prize Winner, to
i) Submit a TechForce scholarship application.
ii) Participate in a video interview about the Awards, to be used to encourage nominations and other engagements in future FutureTechs Rock Awards.
NOTE ON PRIZE INCOME: The Internal Revenue Code states that under certain circumstances the value of prizes and awards/gifts to individuals is considered taxable income. Merchandise or products won as a prize or award will be considered at the fair market value and could also be considered taxable income. Nonresident aliens may be subject to additional tax rules regardless of amount, depending on circumstances and treaty status. The prize and award/gift amount will be treated as 1099 income. The recipient will receive a Form 1099-MISC from TechForce Foundation on any winnings totaling $600.00 or more in a calendar year. The recipient will also be required to provide TechForce Foundation with a completed W-9 form, which includes social security number, to be used for issuing a 1099 for tax purposes, as well as signing a prize/award acceptance form. Additionally, should a scholarship be awarded, the recipient is required to complete the scholarship application and acceptance process online at techforce.org.