Our Board of Directors has established the Minimum Eligibility Requirements for an individual applicant:
- Must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident and/or approved DACA status;
- have a high school diploma or GED;
- be an enrolled future student — or — an active, current student in good standing at a post-secondary, NATEF/ASE accredited educational institution offering a vehicle technician curriculum;
- must demonstrate financial hardship by having a completed and approved FAFSA on record at campus (or other financial-need based evidence, if using DACA status), and available for review by the Foundation;
- be requesting funds for the purposes directly related to pursuing a technical education and/or career in the transportation industry.
Applicants must also meet any requirements for specific scholarships or grants offered by the Foundation, such as minimum GPA or attendance record criteria. (See individual Scholarship & Grant descriptions and requirements.)
TechForce Foundation (formerly known as Universal Technical Institute Foundation) is an Arizona nonprofit corporation, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Foundation is autonomous, has its own board of directors and governance system.
The mission of TechForce Foundation is to support and encourage technical education for the AUTOMOTIVE, DIESEL, COLLISION REPAIR, MOTORCYCLE, MARINE, NASCAR and other transportation industries through SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, CAREER DEVELOPMENT and other special programs.
We were formed in 2005, and began operations in 2007. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary in 2015.
While completely separate and autonomous corporations, both are committed to fostering the education and careers of those wish to work in the transportation technician industry. UTI, Inc. is currently the Foundation’s largest corporate donor. UTI, Inc. is a Delaware corporation with 13 campuses across the United States offering education and training for the success of its transportation industry clients who seek skilled, entry-level technicians. The Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) charity that strives to inspire the next generation of students to pursue their dreams of becoming a technician, provides support to students pursuing their technical education and careers, and connecting the industry to champion these students’ abilities and dreams.
The Foundation seeks integrated, long-term strategic alliances with corporations able to provide funding, in-kind products or services, marketing muscle, employee engagement, deep discounts, cause-marketing or consumer activation campaigns or other resources. Download a corporate alliance resource kit by clicking here, and visit a listing of our current corporate partners here. To begin discussions, contact Jennifer Maher, Vice President/Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623.445.0933.
While the Foundation is a separate corporation, we support thousands of students attending the campuses of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Maintenance Institute (MMI), Marine Maintenance Institute (MMI-Orlando), and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) in Charlotte. Hence, we’re often asked for information about these campuses. Learn more by visiting UTI.edu.
The current board is comprised of the following individuals: Executive Committee: Todd Armstrong, Chair (IMG College, North Carolina); Dan Hancock (General Motors- Retired, Indiana), Vice President & Treasurer; Jennifer Maher (TechForce Foundation, Arizona), Secretary/Executive Director. Directors: Warren DeBardelaben (Nissan North America Inc., Tennessee); Damien Harmon (Bridgestone Retail Operations, Illinois); Ronald J. Kutz (Automotive Dealership-Retired-Texas); Bogi Lateiner (180 Degrees Automotive, Inc., Arizona); Fred Nader (Autotech Technology Development, Inc., Michigan); John Heenan (Fairlane Management Corporation, Pennsylvania); Lynn Parker (Lynn Parker Associates, Florida) and Greg Rintala (Snap-on, Wisconsin).
Download the Foundation’s most recent Form 990.
No. In fact, the Foundation provides tremendous funding and is a strong advocate for high school CTE (career and technical education) programs across the U.S., and other nonprofits offering S.T.E.M.-based technical education, skills- and career-development opportunities to middle- and high-school students, and NGO partners that provide support services to students pursuing their post-secondary education degrees.