About Us

Our Mission: To champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians.

Our History

  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2014
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018

2018

FutureTech Success campaign launches. Foundation to award $2.5 million in automotive scholarships & grants.

Our Supporters

Bridgestone Supports the Cause

Damien Harmon, COO
Bridgestone Retail Operations

Snap-on Bridges
the Gap

Barrett Crane, Eastern Sales Manager
Snap-on Industrial

Industry Champions

$1 Million + Cash & In-Kind

  • mmi-cycle

Cause Champions

$500,000 + Cash & In-Kind

Student Advocates

$100,000 + Cash & In-Kind

  • mercedes-benz
  • toyota

Education Drivers

$50,000 + Cash & In-Kind

Hands-On Heroes

$20,000 + Cash & In-Kind

  • Jay & Esther Eitel
  • Robert Hartman
  • John & Bernadette Heenan
  • Kim & Chris McWaters

Media Partners

Celebrity Ambassadors

Special Collaborators

  • Alro Steel Corporation
  • AMRA
  • ARA
  • Arizona Science Center
  • ASA
  • ASE
  • ASE Education Foundation
  • ATMC
  • Auto Care Association
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Cengage
  • Collision Repair Education Foundation
  • ConsuLab
  • George Arrants Enterprises
  • Northbridge College Success
  • SkillsUSA
  • S/P2
  • State Farm
  • Swift Transportation
  • TMC
  • Women in Auto Car

In Memorium:

  • Andrew Carl Sliwinski

  • Anthony James Brust

For further information on beginning an alliance, please contact us:

Jennifer Maher: (623) 445-0933 or Email | Travis Leybeck: (623) 241-8814 or Email Contact Us

Board of Directors

Dan Hancock,
President/Chairman

(Retired) Vice President of Global Strategic Product Alliances, General Motors

John Heenan,
Treasurer

Owner/CEO, Ten November Management

Jennifer Maher,
Secretary

CEO/Executive Director, TechForce Foundation

Chris Blanchette

Bridgestone Retail Operations Director of Technical Operations and Innovation

Warren DeBardelaben

Director, Dealer Support, Nissan North America

Barry Fodor

Manager, Service Support, Nissan North America

Tom Gray

Vice President of Marketing, Interstate Batteries

Denise Kingstrom Fernandez

North American Distribution Director, BASF Corporation

Bogi Lateiner

CEO, Bogi’s Garage

Fred Nader

President, AutoTech Technology Development, Inc.

Jamal Muashsher

Vice President of Merchandising, Pep Boys

Gregory Rintala

National Sales Manager, Snap-on Industrial

Tony Sciarra

Program Manager, Vocational, Trade, and Community Colleges, Tesla

Angie Babin

VP of Reconditioning at Manheim

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Tony Sciarra

Director

Tony Sciarra oversees Tesla’s partnerships with local Vocational, Trade, and Community Colleges around the country. As Program Manager at Tesla, he is responsible for creating Tesla’s skilled technician pipeline from Technical Education Programs to the company’s Manufacturing and Service Organization. He also created the company’s first skilled trades internship, Tesla’s Tech Trainee program, which allows current students in Auto Technology Programs to gain valuable hands-on experience at a Tesla service center. Tony grew up working on cars with his father, and is passionate about advocating for young people who want careers working with their hands. He lives with his wife and son in Orange County, CA, where he enjoys cooking for family and friends, spending time outdoors, and hanging out by the beach.

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Gregory Rintala

Director

Gregory Rintala is the National Sales Manager for Snap-on Industrial. He also serves on the Board of Directors for NOCTI Business Solutions (NBS), the SkillsUSA Foundation Committee, and the Board of Trustees for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. He is a 30 year veteran of the Snap-on team, with experience in areas including account management, new business development, product development, and strategic planning. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Lynn Parker

Director

Lynn Parker is the Vice President of Merchandising for Pep Boys / AutoPlus an Icahn Automotive Group company. He is President of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Parker has also served as past Chairman of the Automotive Maintenance Repair Association and the Motorist Assurance Program (AMRA/MAP). He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, with companies including Midas, TBC Corporation, and Pep Boys. Before making the move to his current position with Pep Boys, Lynn Parker previously built and managed his own business working exclusively with some of the largest national and regional automotive installers in North America.

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Fred Nader

Director

Mr. Nader is the founder and President of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc. and joined Kenmar Corporation in 1995 through the acquisition of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc. Since the acquisition by Kenmar, he has served as both Vice President of Technology for Kenmar Corporation and President of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc.. He is an active member of the Kenmar senior management team and participates in all long-term planning, strategy and business development. Mr. Nader also serves as the Chairman of the Oakland County (MI) Connected Vehicle Task Force.

Mr. Nader currently serves as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee of the TechForce Foundation. Mr. Nader is also a Board Member on the Take Root Foundation and Don’t Just Sit There Foundation. He also served as a Board Member for the SAE Foundation from 2004 to 2017 and received the Don Ableson Award for Visionary Leadership, the 2 nd highest award presented by the SAE Foundation. Mr. Nader has been a pioneer in the field of Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Recovery Science, and is dedicated to education of technicians and the elimination of auto related injuries. In 2007 Mr. Nader and his Family created Walk the Line as a Physical Therapy clinic specialized in Recovery Therapy for spinal cord and brain injuries. In 2017, he was recognized for his community service in Oakland County Michigan as a recipient of the Quality People/Quality County (Q2) Award, the highest civic award given in Oakland County, Michigan.

Mr. Nader has Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and attended an Automotive Technology Research Mentor Program in Germany for 6 years with a study focus of “The Economic Evaluation of Technology”. Mr. Nader resides in Bloomfield Hills with his wife (and dog Salvatore) and has three adult children.

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Bogi Lateiner

Director

Bogi Lateiner is the CEO of Bogi’s Garage, owner and master mechanic at 180 Degrees Automotive, and one of three hosts of Discovery TV’s Velocity Channel reality series, “All Girls Garage.” Bogi is the leading voice in modernizing the automotive technician industry, and is shattering stereotypes through her nationally broadcasted reality series, state of the art auto repair shop and garage, and advocacy work around the country. Lateiner holds a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Pre-Law with a minor in Politics from Ohio’s Oberlin College. She is also a graduate of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and a Master Certified BMW mechanic. Bogi’s initial difficulties finding a job as a technician opened her eyes to the challenges facing women entering the field, and inspired her to take action. Today, she strives to improve access to the industry, teaching car-care classes for women, leading automotive workshops, and giving presentations on a wide range of automotive and business topics.

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Denise Kingstrom Fernandez

Director

Denise Kingstrom Fernandez is the Director of North American Distribution for BASF Corporation. She previously served as BASF’s Strategic Accounts Manager for North America, managing relationships with body shops throughout the United States. She has served in both domestic and international positions with BASF, including a 2 year appointment managing the company’s supply chain from their office in Tultitlan, Mexico. Denise holds a MBA from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, and a dual bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Spanish and Supply Chain Management. She first started at BASF Corporation as a member of the company’s supply chain professional development program more than 18 years ago.

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Tom Gray

Director

Tom Gray currently serves as Vice President of Marketing for Interstate Batteries. He has over 30 years of experience in the private sector, developing data-driven solutions to increase brand equity, sales & profits. Gray has grown the brands and sales of companies across a range of industries, including Mission Foods, Dr. Pepper/Seven Up- Cadbury Schwepps, and Time Warner Cable. Tom Gray previously worked for Interstate Batteries, and since rejoining the company in 2009 has overseen advertising and marketing in positions of increasing seniority. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from University of Texas at Austin.

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Barry Fodor

Director

Barry Fodor currently manages parts and service related programs for Nissan North America. He has responsibility for the Dealer TechMate Tools and Equipment Program, and Technician Recruitment efforts for Nissan and Infiniti dealerships managing the Nissan and INFINITI technician training programs with Universal Technical Institute (UTI). He has an extensive career in Aftersales and Engineering including vehicle systems, diagnostic equipment development, technical and non-technical training, and dealership service process improvement. He regularly collaborates directly with technical schools around the country to build pipelines from schools into Nissan and Infiniti’s skilled technical positions. Barry Fodor entered the automotive industry more than 44 years ago, developing ignition systems and electronic engine controls for the Ford Motor Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Barry resides with his wife in Nashville, TN, where he enjoys collecting and restoring classic cars.

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Warren DeBardelaben

Director

Warren DeBardelaben is the Director of Dealer Support at Nissan North America, Inc. He previously served as Nissan’s Director of Service Support and Quality, and has filled a variety of positions in the regional and national offices for both Nissan and Infiniti over the course of his 30+ year tenure with the company. He has experience in service, sales, marketing, and engineering, and previously worked as a Test Engineer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Mr. DeBardelaben also serves as President of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity housing corporation at The University of Alabama, and as Secretary of the University’s Greek Alumni Leaders board. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama, and a MBA in International Business from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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Chris Blanchette

Bridgestone Retail Operations Director of Technical Operations and Innovation

Chris Blanchette is the Director of Technical Operations and Innovation for Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), which employs over 14,000 Technicians across its 2,200+ company owned service centers nationwide.

Chris joined BSRO in 2014 and oversees the service center support capability that is responsible for ensuring we have the right tools, programs and resources available to our technicians so that vehicles get fix right the first time and on time. As the world’s largest single employer of automotive service technicians, Chris’ team also strives to be the best by creating unique employee, customer and business focused innovations that make BSRO stand out as both the employer and service center of choice.

Chris has focused experience in new concept development and go to market strategies within both retail/sales and service/fulfillment capabilities. Chris has designed, developed and deployed large scale strategies on both growth and cost out initiatives.

Chris started his career in the automotive industry 18 years ago as a technician at a Tires Plus location in Minnesota. Chris spent 14 years with Geek Squad (Best Buy) in accelerating leadership roles both domestically and internationally in support of education, marketing, operations, commercial growth and general business management. Chris received his undergraduate degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota majoring in communications, education and marketing and his MBA from Augsburg College with a concentration in international business.

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Jennifer Maher

Secretary

Jennifer Maher currently serves as the CEO of TechForce Foundation. Jennifer has enjoyed a 25-year career in nonprofit management, having also served as vice president, marketing and corporate relations for Make-A- Wish America, national director of corporate relations for YMCA of the USA, and associate director for The Nature Conservancy. Maher has personally secured over $100 million in strategic alliances with corporate partners, including Disney, PepsiCo, Sports Illustrated, UAW-GM, JCPenney, Macy’s and NASCAR. While at Make-A- Wish, Jennifer crafted celebrity and media partnerships, including launching ESPN SportsCenter’s “My Wish” series and securing Michael Jordan and Annika Sorenstam as Wish Ambassadors. Maher is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in political science, and a minor in Chinese. Jennifer enjoys international traveling, golfing, sailing, and spending time with her family.

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John Heenan

Vise President/Treasurer

John Heenan is Owner, CEO, and Founder of Ten November Management and Fairlane Management Corporation. He is Chairman of Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., Vice President of the Guardians of the Washington Crossing National Cemetery (where he has served on the Honor Guard since inception), serves on the National Board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Boards for The Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, and The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. In his 30+ years of business experience Heenan has managed the acquisitions, transitions, divestitures, and strategic restructuring of companies. He holds a MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Drexel University. John Heenan is a proud United States Marine. John and his wife, Bernadette, live in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Dan Hancock

President/Chairman

Dan Hancock served as General Motors’ (GM) Vice President of Global Strategic Product Alliances. During that time he served as Chairman of GM’s DMAX and VM Motori diesel engine joint ventures with Isuzu and Fiat, respectively. He was previously appointed GM’s Vice President, Global Powertrain Engineering, and Chief Executive Officer, Fiat-GM Powertrain, based in Turin, Italy. He retired from GM in 2011 after 43 years of service, and currently serves in advisory positions for several industry organizations focusing on new powertrain technologies and STEM education. He is a Director on the Board of Westport Fuel Systems. Dan Hancock holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), Michigan, and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He enjoys skiing and high altitude hiking from his second home in Beaver Creek, CO.

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Jamal Muashsher

VP of Marketing and Customer Experience at Valvoline, Inc.

Jamal Muashsher first joined Valvoline, Inc. as the Senior Director of Marketing in 2014, and has served in his current role as the company’s Vice-President of Marketing and Customer Experience since 2016. Muashsher previously served in marketing roles with Procter & Gamble, where he developed expertise in organizational design and development, customer experience, brand strategy, brand equity, innovation, digital, media, and entertainment marketing. He is the recipient of numerous honors including the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 under 40 award. Jamal has extensive experience in the not-for- profit space having co- founded an organization in 2000 and having served on several boards for youth development, community involvement and arts organizations. Muashsher holds an MBA in Business Management from Auburn University Harbert College of Business, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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Angie Babin

VP of Reconditioning at Manheim

Angie Babin serves as Vice President of Reconditioning at Manheim, a Cox Automotive company. An industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience, Angie leads Manheim’s Retail Reconditioning efforts, which bring speed and efficiency to dealers and commercial clients. In this role, she manages the teams responsible for expanding and supporting the solution across the nation. Previously, Angie served in leadership positions with companies including Pep Boys, Central Parking System, Enterprise Rent-a- Car, Affirmative Insurance and zag.com. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and resides in Houston, Texas with her family.

Meet Our Staff

Jennifer Maher

CEO | Executive Director

Send an Email | (623) 445-0933

Lisa Mattke

Director of Operations

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Greg Settle

Director, National Initiatives

Send an Email | (845) 987-4203

Benjamin Peoples

Marketing Coordinator

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Travis Leybeck

Director, Strategic Alliances & Impact Measurement

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Kathleen Snell

Marketing Manager

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Contractor

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Contractor

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Our Philosophy

When it comes to education, one size does not fit all.

For too long, we’ve accepted as truth that a college degree is the only way to get ahead and we’ve overlooked the gifts, talents and significant contributions of students who don’t fit the four-year mold. For students who are mechanically minded, and learn best when they’re in action, a quality technical or vocational education can be the path to success. These hands-on heroes deserve an education that matches their unique talents, and owe it to them to support the technical and vocational schools that teach the way they learn.
The transportation industry is booming and becoming more technologically advanced each day. Ask any employer of technicians, and you’ll hear their woes regarding the shortfall of skilled labor, not enough trained technicians to fill their demand, and serious competition in recruiting talent. TechForce Foundation minds this gap, and strives to inspire and support those wanting to pursue careers in this industry. Those choosing this path are enjoying plentiful, well-paying jobs and career advancement opportunities.

Trained technicians are in high demand.

High-tech training for high-tech careers.

It’s time to shatter the old myths about vocational education and the skilled trades. Today’s cars have more computing power than the system that guided Apollo astronauts to the moon. Modern technicians spend as much time in front of a computer as they do under a hood. These jobs require people with tactile intelligence, education and interest in S.T.E.M.-related training. They need strong technology expertise and diagnostic and problem-solving skills. It’s no longer simply about wrenches and oil. It’s a world filled with advanced equipment and technology, and it requires technicians with sophisticated, high-tech training.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • All Questions
  • About TechForce Foundation
  • Apply for Scholarship & Grants
  • Minimum Eligibility Requirements

    Eligibility

    Our Board of Directors has established the Minimum Eligibility Requirements for an individual applicant: 1) Must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident and/or approved DACA status; 2) have a high school diploma or GED; 3) 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; 4) 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; 5) 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.)
  • What is the legal structure of TechForce Foundation?
    TechForce Foundation is a national 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.
  • What is TechForce Foundation’s mission?
    Mission Statement: To champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. Vision Statement: To harness the collective resources of the transportation industry to develop tomorrow’s workforce of qualified technicians by:
    • Increasing awareness & enthusiasm for the profession;
    • Providing resources to help access quality education for those with financial need;
    • Connecting future techs and industry through mentorship and career development opportunities.
  • How long has the Foundation been around?
    We were formed in 2005, and began operations in 2007. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary in 2015.
  • How is the Foundation related to UTI, Inc., if at all?
    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.
  • Our company is interested in working with the Foundation. How can I learn more?
    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 jmaher@techforcefoundation.org or 623-445-0933.
  • Who is on the Foundation’s Board of Directors?
    The current board is comprised of the following individuals: Dan Hancock, Chairman (General MotorsRetired, Indiana); Warren DeBardelaben, Vice Chair (Nissan North America, Tennessee); John Heenan, Treasurer (Ten November Management, Pennsylvania); Jennifer Maher, Secretary/Executive Director (TechForce, Arizona), Angie Babin (Manheim, Atlanta); Chris Blanchette (Bridgestone Retail Operations, Tennessee); Bogi Lateiner (Bogi’s Garage, Arizona); Fred Nader (Autotech Technology Development, Inc., Michigan); Greg Rintala (Snap-on, Wisconsin); Denise Kingstrom (BASF, Michigan); Barry Fodor (Nissan North America, Tennessee); Tom Gray (Interstate Batteries, Texas); Jamal Muashsher (Valvoline, Kentucky); Tony Sciarra (Tesla, California).
  • Where can I find the Foundation’s recent 990?
    Download the Foundation’s most recent Form 990.

    Download the 990 Disclosure
  • Does the Foundation only support students attending UTI campuses?
    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. Additionally, TechForce Foundation is currently exploring opportunities to partner with other educational institutions in order to streamline processes in verifying student application data and award distribution so that TechForce Foundation may support all future techs regardless of where they choose to obtain their education, so long as the institution meets the following criteria:
    Automotive Programs –
    • The school must have a currently accredited NATEF program in place
    • It is highly recommended that the ASE Student Certification Test is offered to all program students
    • If the ASE Student Certification Test is offered, the student must agree to take the ASE Automotive Test during, or upon completion of the program
    • The school must have an active student professional development program in place by December 31st, 2018:
      • SkillsUSA Chapter (or)
      • FFA Chapter
    Medium / Heavy Duty Truck or Diesel Programs –
    • The school must have a currently accredited NATEF program in place
    (or)
    • Working towards NATEF accreditation, to be gained no later than December 31st, 2018. A school shall be considered to be working towards NATEF Accreditation upon receipt of a completed application by NATEF.
    • It is highly recommended that the ASE Student Certification Test is offered to all program students
    • If the ASE Student Certification Test is offered, the student must agree to take the ASE Medium / Heavy-Duty Truck Student Certification Test during, or upon completion of the program
    • The school must have an active student professional development program in place by December 31st, 2018:
      • SkillsUSA Chapter (or)
      • FFA Chapter
    Collision Programs –
    • The school must have a currently accredited NATEF program in place
    (or)
    • Working towards NATEF accreditation, to be gained no later than December 31st, 2018. A school shall be considered to be working towards NATEF Accreditation upon receipt of a completed application by NATEF.
    • It is highly recommended that the ASE Student Certification Test is offered to all program students
    • If the ASE Student Certification Test is offered, the student must agree to take the ASE Collision Student Certification Test during, or upon completion of the program
    • The school must have an active student professional development program in place by December 31st, 2018:
      • SkillsUSA Chapter (or)
      • FFA Chapter
    Motorcycle or Marine Programs –
    • It is highly encouraged, but not mandatory for the school to have an active student professional development program on campus:
      • SkillsUSA Chapter (or)
      • FFA Chapter
  • Who is eligible to apply for scholarships or grants?
    To be considered for a scholarship or grant, applicants must meet certain minimum eligibility criteria, including: For an individual applicant: 1) Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status with proof of current Employment Authorization Document; 2) Be requesting funds for the purposes directly related to pursuing a technical education and/or a technical career in the transportation industry; 3) Have a high school diploma or GED; 4) Be currently enrolled at a post-secondary, technical education program (Note: to be “enrolled” means student has paid the enrollment deposit and signed the intent to attend documentation – or – is a current, active student and not on a leave of absence, withdrawn, or other status that is not actively attending classes); 5) Demonstrate financial need; 6) Meet the minimum qualifications for any posted opportunity you apply to. For organization applicants: 1) Shall be either a 501(c)(3), and/or: 2) A public, private or charter secondary school (middle-, junior- or high school) that offers a career & technical education (CTE)-type of program that includes automotive. 3) Applications are by invitation only. For more information, use the Contact form on this website to Send a Message.
  • How do I apply for a TechForce Foundation scholarship or grant?
    The answers are found in the Student Tip Sheet and you can also watch our video. Then follow the process on the Scholarships page to reach our scholarship/grant site where you will apply. Download our Student Tip Sheet for more helpful information.
  • How do I create an account to apply for TechForce Foundation scholarship or grants (Sign-Up process)?
    Review the Student Tip Sheet items ① and ② tell you how to Sign-Up (first-timer) and Sign-In (returning applicants).
  • Why won’t my login work, when I’ve been in the system before (Sign-In process)?
    The most common reasons are:
      Email account:   As of May 8, you must use the PERSONAL email address that is on file with your school (we no longer use your school-issued email).   What does this mean for your TechForce account?   Starting May 8, you must use the PERSONAL EMAIL on file with your school to Sign-In. That is the ONLY email that will work in our scholarship/grant system. Your TechForce password will not change (it will remain the one you created). Once you’ve Signed-In, continue to apply for Scholarships & Grants.
     
      Password:   If you know you’re using the right email, are you sure you’re using the right password? If you can’t remember your password, from the Sign-in Page click the Trouble Signing In link, enter your email and click Recover Password. You will receive an email with instructions on how to recover your password.
     
      Account Confirmation Not Completed   – If you haven’t really been in the system before, you first have to Sign-UP. See the Student Tip Sheet ② for the process.
  • I haven’t heard anything back about a scholarship or grant I applied for. What’s the status?
    If the deadline has passed, review the Award Cycles & Decision Days calendar to learn when decisions are announced. It’s typically on a Friday or Wednesday. If the deadline has not passed, it’s too soon to know. To understand the timing, review the Award Cycles & Decision Days calendar. Also, review the Student Tip Sheet ④ for detailed information on how you can login to the scholarship/grant site to check the status.
  • I never seem to receive an award. My application always gets rejected. Why?
    There are many reasons, and we can’t comment on every hypothetical situation. Please know that TechForce is a good steward of our donors’ funds while also helping students to and through their education, but unfortunately, we don’t have a pot of gold. Keep in mind that reviewers do consider student’s application answers, EFC, commitment to their education, ability to overcome obstacles, driving record, high school GPA, veteran status, work experience, perseverance and many other factors. So share your story with us – and make sure to give full answers when you apply. One-sentence answers or “my plan is to get a job” just don’t cut it. And if you aren’t selected, be persistent! If you meet the eligibility and minimum qualifications, you CAN apply again to new open opportunities.
  • If I’m a veteran, are there special funds available for me or my children?
    Yes, many donors give specifically to support veterans. Follow the standard application process (See the Student Tip Sheet or watch the video) and your status as a veteran will automatically match you to available Foundation scholarships or grants for consideration. TechForce Foundation is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #70172). Additionally, children of Marines may apply for scholarships to attend any participating campus through the Foundation’s relationship with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
  • If I’m a child or stepchild of a Marine, are there scholarships and grants available for me?
    Children of Marines may apply for scholarships to attend any participating campus through the Foundation’s relationship with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
  • What do I do if I don’t have Internet or a computer?
    Visit your school’s student services office, library, or consider asking a teacher, friend, or family member if they can help you. Also, the Foundation’s website as well as its scholarship & grant application system is accessible via SmartPhones.
  • What do I do if I don’t have a scanner?
    Visit your local copy center, your school library, or consider asking a teacher, friend, or family member if they can help you. Also, most SmartPhones now have a camera or receipt scanning apps. Take a photo of your receipt (or document), ensuring the merchant, date, and amount are clearly visible, and email the receipt to yourself, open and save the file, and then attach the file to your submission.
  • Why must I have a completed FAFSA in order to apply for a Foundation scholarship or grant award?
    All awards are based upon financial hardship, thus financial need must be demonstrated by each applicant. In order to reduce the paperwork and steps needed to apply to the Foundation, we require the student or his/her parent to grant the Foundation permission to access the applicant’s FAFSA and student transcript on file with any participating campus.
  • Do I have to complete an Authorization to Release Information and Waiver form?
    It depends on when you started school… If you enrolled in school after March 1, 2017:   You probably completed the release when you enrolled. So if you’ve never been in the scholarship/grant system before, start by trying the Sign-Up process.
      2) If you can create your account, all is good and no form is needed. Simply follow the application process.
      3) BUT, If you receive an error message, keep reading….
    If you enrolled in school before March 1, 2017 OR your account Sign-Up is Invalid or Locked:   If you’ve never applied to TechForce, chances are you DO need to complete the form. Especially if you’ve tried the Sign-Up process and it just won’t work. Click here to complete the Authorization Form and follow the instructions to submit. Then, wait 2-business days before you retry the Sign-Up process. While you wait, review the Student Tip Sheet and watch the video so you’ll know how to apply. (NOTE: We won’t contact you to tell you the form has been processed. Simply proceed with the Sign-Up process after you’ve submitted your form and given us the 2-business day processing time).
  • I’ve read all the information and watched the video and I still don’t know what to do – can I get help?
    Yes. Pick your option:

    School Staff:   Ask your campus Student Services department or enrollment representative as they have a wealth of information and experience assisting students.

    Email:   Use the Contact form on this website to Send a Message. Make sure to provide your Student ID# and the issue you are having. We’ll get back to you, normally within 2-business days.

    Call us Toll Free:   Our number is (866) 519-6923. If we don’t pick up (we’re a small crew!) make sure to leave a message and provide your Student ID#, the issue you are having and a call back number. We’ll get back to you, normally within 2-business days.

Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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