Wisconsin high school graduates and continuing education students are selected to receive technician scholarships through The Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA) sponsored by local dealerships and other foundation partners. Recipients will use the scholarship awards to fund their vehicle service education in automotive, diesel, motorcycle or collision technology at the Wisconsin Technical College of their choice.
Among the recipients is Justin Matthew M. Swigert of Sheboygan, WI. He will receive a $4,000 tuition scholarship sponsored by the Van Horn Auto Group headquartered in Plymouth, WI. “The co-op program allows companies to help students find and achieve their career goals. It has provided us with many students who have transitioned into youth apprentices, part-time employees, college students, and eventually long-term full-time employees. Van Horn is grateful that we have the opportunity to find high school students who have a passion in a career where we face a nationwide shortage. We are able to bring these employees in at a young age and grow them into really great technicians,” stated Hannah Vassar, Human Resource Generalist for Van Horn Automotive Group.
Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep of Plymouth will provide Swigert with on-the-job training and mentoring while he attends the automotive program at – Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) in Cleveland, WI. “Justin has taken the knowledge he has learned at Sheboygan North HS/LTC and works diligently each day to apply it to his job daily here at VH,” added Marc Shuman, Service Manager and Justin’s mentor at Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep. In addition to the scholarship, Swigert will receive a tool set valued at $4,075 from Snap-on Corporation headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Foundation of WATDA scholarship recipients are selected based on completed application, GPA, testing, and interviews. This year The Foundation of WATDA awarded it’s 2,000th scholarship; encouraging and assisting young people to pursue a career in the automobile, truck and motorcycle industries in Wisconsin.