Dearborn, Mich. — Changing career paths can be a daunting task. Pursuing this kind of transition following military service can be even more difficult. To support veterans transferring into civilian careers, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center is announcing its second year of support for the Trading One Uniform For Another nationwide scholarship program.
Developed in collaboration with Disabled American Veterans, Trading One Uniform For Another awards scholarships to U.S. military veterans interested in earning a certification in automotive maintenance and repair.
To help veterans acquire the skills they need to become automotive technicians, Quick Lane will award scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to five veterans. These funds can be used to pay for tuition, books and fees at any community college, university, trade or vocational school in the U.S. with an accredited program in automotive mechanics.
The public is invited to nominate veterans for these scholarships by going to QLtradingone.com and writing a short essay telling why their nominee is a deserving recipient. Quick Lane is teaming up with DAV to select the five recipients from all qualified nominees.
"This scholarship has allowed me to concentrate on my studies more than in the past. I don't have to worry about getting a job to pay for the rest of my schooling, which takes off some of the stress," veteran Casey Marvicka, one of five 2016 TOUFA scholarship winners, said. Marvicka is now enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and will start classes this fall.
Quick Lane will continue receiving nominations through Dec. 11, then begin its selection process. Quick Lane and DAV will announce the five scholarship winners at this year’s Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26.
“The entire Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center team, which includes more than 800 independent Quick Lane operators, is again proud to demonstrate its support for our nation’s veterans in finding meaningful employment.” Frederiek Toney, president, Global Ford Customer Service Division, said. “We are honored to stand beside the DAV in awarding these scholarships to our U.S. military veterans, thanking them for their service, and congratulating them on the pursuit of a career in automotive service and maintenance."