Icahn Automotive Awards $50,000 in Technician Scholarships - Engine Builder Magazine

Icahn Automotive Awards $50,000 in Technician Scholarships

Twenty students received $2,500 in an inaugural program from the parent company of service providers Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care; part of a program to encourage the skilled trades.

As students across the country head back to school, Icahn Automotive is announcing the recipients of its inaugural scholarship program. Twenty students enrolled in accredited post-secondary automotive technology programs have each been awarded a $2,500 scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. Icahn Automotive Group LLC, an Icahn Enterprises L.P. company, which owns and operates leading auto repair and maintenance providers Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care, established the program as part of a multi-year commitment to technician education and promotion of the skilled trades.

“The Icahn Automotive scholarship program is certainly an investment in the future, especially as we face such a large talent deficit in the skilled trades,” said Icahn Automotive Service CEO Brian Kaner. “It’s our vision for young people to see the truly amazing potential of automotive service careers and we’re eager to support these students as they progress from the classroom to the service bay.”

Twelve Icahn Automotive scholarships were awarded to young men and women based on academics, character and commitment to the automotive service industry. The application process included submission of an essay or video testimonial describing why the applicant would like to be a future top technician and multiple letters of recommendation. In celebration of the Icahn Automotive “Race to 2026” initiative, an additional eight students were awarded scholarships during events that included investments in automotive technical schools and classroom renovations at Universal Technical Institutes in Orlando, FL and Avondale, AZ and NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC; as well as Lincoln Technical Institutes in Mahwah and Union, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA; and Alfred State University in Alfred, NY.  

The “Race to 2026” program was designed to invest in and support promising future automotive technicians. In addition to the scholarships, the initiative encourages more men and women to pursue viable careers in the skilled trades by partnering with technical training schools and offering apprenticeship and internship programs, job placement and continuing education opportunities.


Students receiving scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year are:

·       Travis Boquet, NASCAR Technical Institute/Universal Technical Institute, Mooresville, NC

·       Taylor Chandler, Lincoln Technical Institute, Philadelphia, PA  

·       Joseph Chin, Lincoln Technical Institute, Mahwah, NJ

·       Jonathan Fanstill, NASCAR Technical Institute/ Universal Technical Institute, Mooresville, NC

·       Logan Gardner, NASCAR Technical Institute/Universal Technical Institute, Mooresville, NC

·       Isiah Gomez, Universal Technical Institute, Houston, TX

·       Francisco Hernandez, Cypress College, Cyprus, CA

·       Dominic Lightner, Universal Technical Institute, Orlando, FL

·       Joseph Medina, Lincoln Technical Institute, Philadelphia, PA

·       Timothy Moment, Lincoln Technical Institute, Philadelphia, PA

·       Jeremy Pedersen, Lincoln Technical Institute, Union, NJ

·       Joshua Ruby, Washtenaw Community College; Ann Arbor, MI

·       Robert Scott, Lincoln Technical Institute, Philadelphia, PA

·       Sebestian Tassy, Lincoln Technical Institute, Union, NJ

·       Caleb Travis, NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI, Mooresville, NC

·       Frank Van Althius, Lincoln Technical Institute, Mahwah, NJ

·       Alicia Whatley, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Orlando, FL    

·       Zachary Wood, NASCAR Technical Institute/ Universal Technical Institute, Mooresville, NC

·       Jeramy Yeagley, Universal Technical Institute, Avondale, AZ

·       Waliuz Zaman, Universal Technical Institute, Irving, TX

Automotive service is one of several skilled trades facing a shortage of incoming professionals needed to address business growth and worker retirement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the automotive repair industry will need nearly 46,000 more technicians by 2026 to meet anticipated demand. Additionally, in any given year there are as many as 75,000 job openings, due in large part to the retirement of the last generation of technicians who benefitted from broadly available vocational education programs.

Now one of the largest service chain operators in North America, Icahn Automotive offers a broad range of industry-leading opportunities and career paths. Technicians can start by providing basic maintenance and move on to more complex repairs, or progress to running a company-owned store, owning and operating a franchised business, or serving in a corporate leadership role. Once a technician joins an Icahn Automotive business, they can take advantage of benefits such as tuition assistance, an apprenticeship program and company-sponsored certifications.

You May Also Like

Dayco Recruits Craig Frohock as its New Aftermarket/Belt CEO

Dayco, a leading engine product and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial market segments, is delighted to announce that Craig Frohock accepted the opportunity to join Dayco Aftermarket and Belts as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2023. Reporting directly to the Board of Dayco, Craig is responsible for the business

Dayco, a leading engine product and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial market segments, is delighted to announce that Craig Frohock accepted the opportunity to join Dayco Aftermarket and Belts as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2023. Reporting directly to the Board of Dayco, Craig is responsible for the business unit’s global operational performance and strategic direction. 

WyoTech to Unveil New Campus Expansion

WyoTech, a leading U.S. automotive, diesel, and collision trade school, announces it will host an open house on Nov. 19 to unveil the 90,000-square-foot expansion to its Laramie, Wyoming campus. The $16 million expansion will allow the school to increase its capacity to 1,200 students to accommodate a rapidly growing enrollment. Related Articles – Holley

Holley Announces 2023 Event Dates

Holley Performance Parts has revealed the dates for its popular high-performance race events, including an all-new gathering for LS enthusiasts in Texas.  Related Articles – Nominations Open for SEMA Hall of Fame – Shelby American to Build 750hp Mustang for Carroll Shelby’s 100th Birthday – The 2023 Engine Performance EXPO Starts Today! Holley is again

2023 Drive for Diversity Driver Development Class Announced

NASCAR and Rev Racing have announced the next generation of drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. Following a national and international search, eight talented drivers were selected for the newest class after participating in the Advance Auto Parts Drive for Diversity Combine. Related Articles – Lucas Oil Welcomes 15th Year

Joe Morrison Teams With Herzhauser for Switch From Top Fuel to Funny Car in 2023

Joe Morrison, who gained a loyal following over his first three seasons in Top Fuel, will switch to the nitro Funny Car class in 2023, driving for East Coast-based owner Mark Herzhauser. Related Articles – Jesel Valvetrain Founder Dan Jesel Has Passed Away – Josh Steinmetz Named Hot Shot’s Secret Brand Manager – Hoonigan Co-Founder

Other Posts

NGK Spark Plugs Adds Jeffrey Schlenker as GM of Purchasing

NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)—the Wixom, Michigan-based manufacturer of ignition parts and sensors—has announced Jeffrey Schlenker has joined the company as general manager of Purchasing.   Related Articles – Ralph Sheheen Among Inductees for 2023 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame – SEMA Statement on the Status of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act –

Ralph Sheheen Among Inductees for 2023 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame has announced its 2023 inductees, who will be honored on Saturday, June 3, for the 33rd induction ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa. Among the names is SPEED SPORT’s Ralph Sheheen, who also serves as the host of PRI’s Grand Opening Breakfast.  Related Articles – Introducing Screen to Speed Powered

SEMA Statement on the Status of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act

SEMA and PRI must share that despite strong Congressional backing and extraordinary support from the racing community, the 2021-2022 Congressional session is ending without passage of the RPM Act. Related Articles – Hot Shot’s Secret Signs Two Year ODSS Title Sponsorship – Chris Douglas Named President, CEO of Edelbrock Group – Kyle Fickler Joins ProCharger

Race Winning Brands Strengthens MGP Connecting Rods Team

As a leading manufacturer of performance components for the automotive and powersports markets, Race Winning Brands (RWB) is proud to announce a new member of its dedicated team to further support customers and racers with the addition of Ross Clark in a Technical Sales role, focused on the MGP Connecting Rods brand with supplementary support