Icahn Automotive Group LLC has awarded $2,500 “Find Your Drive” scholarships to 15 automotive service students throughout the country.
“The second annual scholarship program is part of Icahn Automotive’s 'Race to 2026' initiative that aims to increase the number of trained automotive technicians across the U.S. and help fill an industry-wide talent gap projected to grow to 46,000 over the next six years,” say Icahn officials
“Our scholarship program celebrates students who are driven to pursue automotive service as a profession and helps them reach their potential,” notes Brian Kaner, CEO – service, for Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack, which Icahn Automotive owns. “The skills gap still exists in the U.S. and we’re passionate about using our programs to show talented, motivated students how fulfilling a technical career can be.”
Each scholarship winner is pursuing an automotive technician degree or certification.
All applicants were required to meet certain academic requirements and to provide written or video essays describing “Why I want to be a top technician,” as well as two letters of recommendation. Winners were selected by the Icahn Automotive scholarship committee.