The McCormick Motors scholarship program was established in May 2004. It provides graduating, or recently graduated, high school students an opportunity to compete for financial assistance in the pursuit of a degree in automotive technology. Applicants may apply upon completion of their junior year of high school and are eligible to compete up to three years after their high school graduation. One scholarship is awarded every two years.
If accepted, the student will work on the job at McCormick Motors for a minimum of six months. The applicant will earn a salary in addition to money banked in their scholarship fund. Amounts placed in the scholarship fund are based on their work ethic and potential as a technician. In general, they will have $1.00 up to $2.00 per hour worked, banked in their scholarship account. They are also required to complete the GM technician fundamental training requirements prior to the scholarship money being awarded. The current maximum scholarship amount is $3,000.00.
Applicants should use the application provided. The scoring sheet used to evaluate individuals for acceptance into the program is also provided for review.
2004 Award - Josh George, graduated from Triton High School in 2004. He was awarded a $2,800.00 scholarship and attended Wyoming Technical Institute graduating in March 2006.
2006 Award - Brian Kaufmann, was home schooled and completed the state high school academic requirements in 2006. He was awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship and elected not to attend a technical school. He used his scholarship award money to purchase his starter set of technician hand tools.
2007 Award – Jenny Neer, is a 2003 graduate of Elkhart Memorial High School and will complete her Associate of Science Degree with Indiana University South Bend in December 2007. She was awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship for the 2007 IUSB Business School fall term.
2008 Award- Jessica Quintanilla is a 2007 graduate of Bremen Senior High School. She is attending Ivy Tech Community College of South Bend for a degree in Business Administration and expects to graduate in 2009. She was awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship for the 2008 Spring semester.
2012 Award - Andrew Yoder is a senior at Northwood High School in Nappanee, Indiana. Andrew is also completing a two year automotive technician program at the Elkhart Area Career Center. In addition to his high school and career studies, Andrew has been working as an entry level technician at McCormick Motors since January 2012. He was awarded a $400 scholarship for the purchase of tools.