Frequently Asked Questions

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:

    • 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.)

  • 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 Motors-Retired, Indiana); John Heenan, Treasurer (Ten November Management, Pennsylvania); Jennifer Maher, Secretary/Executive Director (TechForce, Arizona). Warren DeBardelaben (Nissan North America, Tennessee), 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 Fernandez (BASF, Michigan), Angie Babin (Manheim/Cox Automotive, Georgia), Barry Fodor (Nissan North America, Tennessee), Tom Gray (Interstate Batteries, Texas), Tony Sciarra (Tesla, California), Robert Tomlin (Mercedes-Benz, Georgia), Jamal Muashsher (Valvoline, Kentucky)

  • 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
  • What are the steps to applying for a scholarship or grant from the Foundation?

    Follow these steps:

    1. DETERMINE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. 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.

    For organization applicants:

    • Shall be either a 501(c)(3), and/or:
    • 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.

    2. SUMBIT AN INFORMATION RELEASE FORM. Either see your campus student services representative or visit techforcefoundation.org/getsupport to obtain an Information Authorization Release form. Complete, sign and submit that form so that TechForce Foundation obtains your permission to received information from your technical school. Wait 2 business days after submitting that form before you attempt to Sign Up for an Account.

    3. SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT Visit techforcefoundation.org/scholarship and follow the steps to apply. When you are ready to apply and have connected to the portal that allows to you Sign In or Sign Up at the upper right corner, school Sign Up to create a user account for our online scholarship and grant application system. You MUST use the SAME email address that on file with your participating campus to access the system. If you don’t know it, see your campus representative.

    4. COMPLETE YOUR GENERAL APPLICATION Complete the General Application. When done, click Submit. Don’t stop here!

    5. APPLY TO A SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITY. You MUST apply to at least one of the Recommended Opportunities on the top navigation bar in order to be considered for an award. Read the descriptions, and Apply To any recommended opportunity for which you are eligible.

    6. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY THE DEADLINE Our timeline provides key dates for the application and award process.

    Download our Student Tip Sheet for more helpful information.

  • I haven’t heard anything back about a grant I applied for. What’s the status?

    All scholarships and grants of facilitated through our website at www.techforcefoundation.org. Simply login to check the status of all applications. If you are selected to receive an award, an EMAIL will be sent to the email address used to Sign In to your account. Also a notice will appear on your dashboard. You have 14 days to accept the award offer, or it will be revoked.

    If you are not selected for an award, eventually the words “not selected” will appear on your dashboard attached to the specific opportunity.

    Try, try again—as you’re always welcome to apply repeatedly.

  • I never seem to receive an award. My application always gets rejected. Why?

    There are a slew of reasons this may be happening, and we can’t comment on every hypothetical situation. But keep this in mind: to be good stewards of donor funds, the Foundation’s application review process strongly considers a student’s track record of reliability, work ethic, communications and responsibility. Hence, those who maintain a solid GPA and attendance record, offer letters of recommendation, complete the form and answer all the questions, show a well-considered budget and plan for the future, have raised and save some of his/her own money, meet deadlines, and demonstrate credibility and passion for the industry will continually earn more points and rank higher in the scoring process. Consider this in completing future applications, and your chances may improve. As always, it’s also contingent upon the strengths of others in the applicant pool, limitation of funds available, and any donor restrictions that may apply. Don’t give up, if you need support, however. Keep applying.

  • If I’m a Veteran, are there special funds available for me or my children?

    Yes, the Foundation has a unique Veterans at Work: Military Transition Fund that provides support to Veterans wishing to transition their skills to transportation technician careers here at home.

    Through the Military Transition Fund, the Foundation participates in the federal government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Additionally, children of Marines may apply for scholarships to attend a/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 a/any participating campus through the Foundation’s relationship with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Click here for more information.

  • 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 at http://www.techforcefoundation.org

  • 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, ensuring the merchant, date, and amount of 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?

    The majority of 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 a/any participating campus.

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