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The International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) has created 10 $1,000 scholarships designed to educate technicians about the dangers of servicing commercial tire and wheel assemblies.

The scholarships are named after Dwight Peel, a part-time tire changer from Onoway, Alberta, Canada, who died nearly three years ago just two days after his 17th birthday when a truck tire he was working on blew off the rim and struck him in the head.

Scholarships will be awarded to ITRA members who meet the Louisville, Ky.-based organization's qualifications. Winners will use the funds to attend ITRA's Commercial Tire Service Instructor Training program.

Only dealerships with less than $2 million in sales and no available training assistance from their suppliers are eligible.

The first Dwight Peel Scholarship will be awarded on June 27. For applications, call ITRA at (502) 968-8900.

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