We at Independent Motors, a Boulder auto repair shop, believe all students deserve the chance to pursue their passions and realize their potential. That’s why Independent Motors will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one Boulder high school student so he or she can get a head start on a career in auto repair.

Boulder has embraced Independent Motors as a part of the community since we first opened our doors in 1983. Now, we want to give something back to the community that has been so loyal to us. This scholarship is designed to benefit a promising local student who is planning to enroll in one of five (5) regional auto mechanic programs in the fall.


How It Works

If you are a Boulder, Colorado, high school student and are considering a career in auto repair, tell us why you think you would be a good fit for the Auto Mechanic Program using the form below.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and submit a 400-word essay that describes your motivation for pursuing a career in car repair.

All applications must be received by April 30, 2015.

We will read all applications and announce the winner in May 2015 so that the scholarship can go toward studies in the fall.


Participating Schools

Front Range Community College
Front Range Community College in Boulder offers an Associate of Applied Sciences in Automotive Technology intended for students in the Boulder area. This two-year program is designed to provide students with all of the skills they need to land an entry-level job at a car repair shop or dealership.

The Front Range Community College’s auto repair program is both ASE and NATEF certified, and students will graduate with a fundamental understanding of engines and drive trains, brakes and alignment, and fuel and emission controls.
Aims Community College
Aims Community College offers a pair of automotive programs: Automotive Service Technology and Automotive Collision Repair. Both degree programs are designed to last two years, after which you will graduate with an Associate in Applied Sciences.

“Our state-of-the-art facility features the latest equipment and industry proven instructors will share their passion and professional knowledge with you,” Aims Community College program directors say. “You’ll learn in a real world environment and leave prepared for a successful career.”
WyoTech, with a campus in Laramie, Wyoming, has a 36-week Automotive Technology and Management program that, upon completion, earns you an Associate in Applied Sciences.

The school reports that job placement rates for graduating students is right at 95%.
Universal Technical Institute of Texas
The Universal Technical Institute in Houston (and its other campuses around the country) offers a 51-week Automotive Technician Training program in which “you’ll learn how to diagnose, maintain and repair domestic and foreign automobiles,” according to the program’s page.

“You will also find out how to troubleshoot problems of all kinds, using the latest engine analyzers, handheld scanners and other computerized diagnostic equipment.”
Lincoln Tech
Lincoln Tech, which has a campus in Denver, has both an Automotive Technology (56 weeks) and an Automotive Service Management (54 weeks) program where ASE-Certified instructors will give you hands-on training.

“At Lincoln’s automotive technology schools, you’ll get ready to shift into high gear with a career in the automotive industry,” program directors say. “You’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level employment opportunities at as an automotive technician at car dealerships, independent automotive shops, service centers, fleet maintenance departments and more.”


We cannot wait to read about your passions and motivations. Fill out the form below to request the complete application instructions:


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