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Scholarships and Awards!

The NACAT Education Foundation is pleased to work with industry partners to provide educator awards and student scholarships. Our program is growing and we hope to be able to help many more individuals in the future.

We are pleased to present the following offerings for 2018. (Scholarship / Award titles are linked.)

Student Scholarships:
Larry Cotten Memorial Scholarship: In its sixth year in 2018, this $1000 student scholarship will be awarded to a student training to become a collision repair technician. This year the award goes to Kaiden Brier who attends Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado.

Mitchell1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student Scholarship: This annual scholarship is offered through the NACAT Education Foundation and is presented at the annual NACAT Conference and Awards Dinner. The scholarship recognizes one high school senior for outstanding achievement in automotive technology / auto shop repair scholastics. The winning student receives a $2,500 scholarship, a check for $500 and roundtrip airfare and accommodations for the winner and a guest to attend the NACAT conference. The 2018 winner is Jaxen Stewart. Stewart attends Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

Educator Awards:
James D. Halderman Automotive Teacher Higher Education Assistance Award: Sponsored annually by James Halderman, and administered by the NACAT Education Foundation, each of the two available $1000 scholarships provide funding to assist an automotive service, auto body, or a diesel program instructor in obtaining their bachelor’s degree or beyond.

SEMA-NACAT Education Foundation SEMA Show Award: The 2018 applications are open! This award is co-sponsored by SEMA and the NACAT Education Foundation, and provides funding (hotel/air) to allow three instructors (finalists) to attend the SEMA Show and for one of those instructors (award winner) to attend the following summer NACAT conference (registration fee). Click to view the 2017 finalists.

NACAT Education Foundation New Automotive Teacher Award: An award presented annually to support attendance at a NACAT Conference in the US or Canada for a New Automotive Teacher (within the first five years of teaching). The award provides NACAT Conference registration fees and $1000 toward travel, lodging, and other expenses incurred in attendance. The 2018 winner is Ian Andrews who teaches at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio.

Cengage Jack Erjavec Innovative Instructor Award: The annual Jack Erjavec Instructor Award was presented for the first time in June 2007 to foster the professional development of promising new automotive technology instructors. In order to open the scholarship up to more instructors, the Jack Erjavec Innovative Instructor Award will be granted to the instructor who demonstrates the most innovative and effective use of technology in the classroom. Sponsored by Cengage, and administered by the NACAT Education Foundation, the $2500 annual award provides funding to allow one instructor each year to attend the summer NACAT conference and other training events. The 2018 winner is Jason Merritt who teaches at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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