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Chicago, Illinois -- February 13, 2017 -- Scholarships are up for grabs for NACE Automechanika, taking place July 26 to 29 at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

Scholarships will cover travel and hotel expenses for recipients as well as any costs associated with training courses during NACE Automechanika Chicago. Recipients also will receive cash vouchers redeemable with exhibitors at the NACE Automechanika Chicago expo to purchase tools, equipment and other services required to enhance their skillsets.

The scholarships are made possible by a joint effort between the UBM Community Engagement Program, the Automotive Management Institute (AMi), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Technicians Service Training (TST).

"We are pleased to work with three wonderful organizations in AMi, NATEF and TST as we all work to further the access to quality, in-demand training for automotive professionals across the industry," said Jim Savas, GM and VP of the UBM Automotive Group. "We are fortunate to have the UBM Community Engagement Program support us in making it possible for more repairers and owners to participate in NACE Automechanika Chicago and continue to learn and improve their skills."

Scholarships from AMi are available for those who work in the automotive service or collision repair industry and served in the US military. NATEF scholarships are available for automotive educators and students over age 18. TST scholarships are available for technicians and shop owners meeting any of the following criteria:

•    Technician/shop owner that attended at least four training events in a 12-month period.
•    Master ASE with L1 certification.
•    Technician or shop owner of at least 60 years of age that attended three seminars/classes in a 12-month period.
•    Technician with five years or less in the business with at least 1 ASE certification.
•    Shop owner or service writer with any type of training (management/technical)
•    Any technician or shop owner of at least 40 years of age that attended three training seminars or classes in the past 12 months.
•    Any parts counterperson with any training taken in the past 12 months.

The TST scholarship is open to a technician or shop owner who meets any of the criteria outlined above. Proof of course attendance must be provided to be awarded the scholarship.

Scholarship applications are available now at Winners will be notified in late May.

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