The top three winners win a total of $50,000 in rewards.
PHOENIX, August 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has awarded tuition scholarships to three female students who plan to pursue STEM education and careers after graduating from high school. All three applied under a grant program sponsored by UTI and IGNITE Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to change gender and racial equity in STEM. The students were awarded a combined total of $50,000 in grants to cover a significant portion of their future UTI tuition.
Grant applicants were asked to describe a time in their life when they tried a challenging new activity that helped them gain more confidence. First place winner Katherine West of Clarkson, Michigan won a $25,000 scholarship by describing her experience enrolling in the Collision and Repair program at Oakland Schools Technical Campus in Clarkston, Michigan. West said she had to deal with the fear of starting a new class and knowing she would be one of the few students in the program.
“I was terrified at first because I didn’t know anything about cars and I was aware of the stigma that surrounds women in a male-dominated industry,” West said. “Then I found out I wasn’t the only girl in my class, and as the class progressed things started to click into place.”
Liberty Bowman of Stevens Point, Wisconsin placed second, winning a $15,000 scholarship. Bowman’s essay chronicles her experience of trying rugby for the first time, despite knowing nothing about it and receiving many doubts from friends and family.
“Although those comments made me doubt myself, I didn’t let them stop me,” Bowman said. “Despite all the fears and the negativity, I went for it. After the first practices, I was told that I had to play more aggressively. So every day I tried to work harder.”
Third-place winner Denia Gomez of Deerfield Beach, Florida shared how learning a new instrument, usually played by male students in her school’s marching band, taught her the importance of pursuing careers. difficult skills. Gomez thinks there was a lesson in her experience that she would have passed on to herself younger.
“I would definitely tell my younger self to do whatever makes you happy no matter what gender norms tell you. The best thing about tough jobs is that you will gain a lot of experience and grow into a strong young woman. , the more you put yourself out there and do things that most people wouldn’t imagine a girl doing,” Gomez said.
In addition to scholarships, UTI’s support of IGNITE Worldwide also includes the facilitation of on-campus and virtual lectures that give female students across the country the opportunity to hear from women who are leading the way in the skilled trades.
“On behalf of UTI, I would like to congratulate the winners and thank all of the participants who shared significant moments in their lives that led to their personal growth,” said UTI CEO Jerome Grant. “We look forward to welcoming these motivated students to our campuses after high school, where they will see the steps we are taking to diversify our student body and ultimately the transportation industry. Our employer partners look to us to help them meet their need for skilled workers, and we know that a diverse workforce benefits these employers as well as the economy.”
West and Bowman plan to attend the UTI-Lisle campus near Chicago. Gomez chose to stay in his home country attending UTI-Orlando.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Founded in 1965 and based in Phoenix, the mission of Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) is to serve our students, partners, and communities by providing quality education and support services for in-demand careers. Approximately 250,000 students graduate from one of UTI’s 16 campuses located in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. UTI’s campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Professional Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), while its employer-aligned technical training programs are offered under four brands: Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute/Marine Mechanics Institute, NASCAR Technical Institute and MIAT College. of Technology. For more information and a complete list of all programs offered, please visit www.uti.edu or follow on LinkedIn @UniversalTechnicalInstitute and on Twitter @news_UTI.
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