Automotive Technology Scholarship Opportunities
Smail Auto Group is excited to announce various scholarship opportunities for aspiring automotive technicians!
Smail Auto Group $1,000 College Incentive
The Smail Auto Group College Incentive is for our Summer employees who leave for college in the Fall. If these students work for us full-time during the Summer months, they receive a $1,000 college incentive to help pay for textbooks, supplies, and other necessities.
2023 PAA $1,000 Tool Grant Program
The 2023 PAA $1,000 Tool Grant Program, which is offered 10 times per year, is intended for Technicians who are new full-time, first-time hires at a franchised new car and truck dealership in Pennsylvania.
Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation Automotive Technology Scholarship
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (GPADF) Automotive Technology Scholarship is offered 10 times a year to individuals interested in becoming automotive technicians and pursuing their careers in new car franchised dealerships that are members of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association.
The GPADF Scholarship Program is a dollar match partnership with a member dealership who is willing to support the student financially up to $5,000 for a maximum scholarship of $10,000.
Scholarships will be awarded based upon the following criteria, provided by the students’ schools:
- Technician Skills (i.e., hand skills, etc.)
- Financial Need
The GPADF will award automotive technology scholarships to qualified students up to $5,000 each.
Participating GPADA/F dealers will make a tax deductible, matching contribution to the GPADF Scholarship Fund for up to $5,000 for each student participating in the program and working in their dealership(s) for a total scholarship of up to $10,000 per student.
*All of the above criteria being equal, preference will be given to students with the most financial need.
Mazda Automotive Student Training (MAST) Program – Smail Mazda
The Mazda Automotive Student Training (MAST) program is exclusively for students attending Rosedale Technical College.
Accepted students will be required to participate in a series of online certification classes. During the last two months of schooling, a student in the Mazda Certification Program will have the opportunity to begin working part-time at one of the participating Mazda Dealerships in the area. The student will be paired with a senior mentor within the dealership for one-on-one training!
Upon completion of the certification program and graduation from Rosedale Tech, students can enter the workforce as Certified Senior Technicians and transition into a full-time position within the participating Mazda dealership, if mutually agreed upon between the dealership and the technician.
For more information on these scholarship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Knabb at Smail Auto Group.