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Robert Bosch LLC announced that the Bosch Community Fund, along with the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division, has established a $100,000 fund for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to provide approximately 25 automotive scholarships each year over a three-year period.
Bosch says the fund is an important element in its comprehensive strategy to help equip the automotive workforce of the future in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math or STEM education. Students enrolled in accredited automotive, heavy-duty or diesel programs, beginning in the 2015 school year, are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
The Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division, composed of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions business units, has built relationships with a variety of technical schools. As part of these relationships, Bosch provides advice and counsel on curricula; encourages mentorships and apprenticeships; and donates a variety of diagnostic tools and automotive aftermarket products to support schools in their educational efforts. These efforts are part of a comprehensive initiative known as the Bosch Educational Services Program.
“The scholarship fund is a strong statement to the long-term commitment that Bosch has for supporting STEM education,” said Rusty Bishop, chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation.
“Students who have a passion for automotive technology will benefit greatly from these scholarships and, for some, it may make the difference in their being able to pursue a career in this area. The scholarships clearly have the potential to be life changing.”
Students can apply for the Bosch Automotive scholarship from Sept. 15, 2014-March 31, 2015, for the 2015 school year. Information and applications are available at www.automotivescholarships.com or by contacting Michael Loth, project manager of training, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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