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  • Writer's pictureEster Fonseca-Patriarco

Scholarships for Women of Color Seeking Careers in Motorsports or Automotive Engineering

STEAM Sports Foundation is offering $5,000 scholarships for women of color seeking careers in motorsports or automotive engineering and aspiring technicians enrolled in a technical school program. The scholarship applications are open until May 31.

Two girls of color sitting down and smiling

The application, found on the STEAM Sports Foundation website, requires applicants to submit their current transcript (including GPA), a list of extracurricular activities, awards recognition, a letter of recommendation and an essay describing their career goals. Application link

An important consideration is the applicant's focus on future innovation within the motorsport and automotive/transportation sectors. Recent grant winners include Kimberly Betty (Kettering University), Ashley Jones (Wayne State University), and Jinelee Galindez (Universal Technical Institute).

Photo of each grant winner: on the left, Kimberly Betty from Kettering University; in the middle, Ashley Jones from Wayne State University; and on the left, Jinelee Galindez from Universal Technical Institute.

STEAM Sports Foundation cites four tenets as core to its mission: 1) We want to be leading agents for diversity, equity, and inclusion and advocates for change. 2) We want "Women of Color" to see the automotive/motorsports industry as an exciting and productive career option. 3) We want Women of Color to be pioneers in a field where they did not believe opportunities previously existed because they did not see people who looked like them in those positions. 4) We want our scholarship winners to focus on the future of the automotive industry – environmentally conscious and sustainable innovations that include electric and autonomous vehicles. The selection committee is headed annually by a member of the foundation's board of directors. Once applications close on May 31, the selection committee, which is comprised of educators, automotive and motorsports executives, reviews each application to be sure it meets all criteria. Grants are announced no later than July 1. The scholarships are for the 2023-24 school year. CLICK HERE TO APPLY

About STEAM Sports Foundation Recognizing workforce and economic development as integral parts of corporate growth, STEAM Sports Foundation works with companies, educators and sports groups to develop initiatives around science, technology, engineering, arts and math that impact the world of sports & entertainment. The foundation's focus is on scholarships and career summits in an effort to help create tomorrow's vibrant workforce. Its Women of Color scholarship program in automotive/motorsports engineering provides diversity to a transportation industry that is ever-changing via innovation and technology with individuals who traditionally did not consider these career paths simply because they saw few who looked like them in the industry.

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