Scholarship Road Show: NH Automobile Dealers Association delivers $75K in student scholarships

The scholarship recipients will apply the funds to study at NH community colleges in the fall.

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Jack Beaumont, a student at Parker Academy in Concord, gets the news he’s earned a $1,200 scholarship to MCC for diesel tech. He has been taking collision repair with Keith Roberge at MST. His father, Kurt Beaumont, teaches the automotive program at MST CTE. [Video provided by NH Auto Dealers Association.]

CONCORD, NH – As schools all around the state prepare to reopen for students in the fall, the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA) is going door to door to bring some cheer to students who applied for financial aid to pursue careers in the auto industry.  This week, the NHADA team will deliver scholarship approvals along with a “sign of success” to be placed in the front yard of recipients to celebrate their achievements.

NHADA is providing $75,000 in aid to high school and college students all over the state for the 2020-21 school year, to help fund their educational pursuits.  The grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000 will help pay for enhanced training and certification.  NHADA has granted scholarships to 32 high school students and to 37 community college students. To be considered, all students need a minimum 2.5 GPA and had to be enrolled in auto tech courses.

The students will take classes at Manchester Community College, White Mountain Community College, Lakes Region Community College and Nashua Community College.  Programs range from basic auto repair to vehicle diagnostics to full repair of late-model cars and brand-new models.  The program works in partnership with local dealerships and with auto manufacturers so that students are working on the exact types of cars they would most likely see in their workplace in the future.

NHADA scholarship recipient Meghan Taylor attends Newport CTE and is working for Lambert Auto.

Available jobs include certified technician, parts manager, service manager, import technician and performance tuner. Entry-level jobs can pay more than $30,000 a year. Well-trained experts in automotive technology can make more than $100,000 in annual salary.

“This year presents a unique challenge in awarding these scholarships to students around New Hampshire, so we are taking our good news on the road and going door to door to deliver the news, along with a little “sign of success” for their achievement,” says Jessica Dade, Executive Director of the NHADA Education Foundation.

“The jobs are available statewide and our association wants to ensure our member dealerships are equipped with the right people and the right technology to best serve the driving public; this is a number one priority,” says Pete McNamara, President of the NHADA.  

2020-2021 NHADA Scholarship Recipients:

  • Owen Sullivan, Alvirne High School
  • Colby Deroche, Concord Regional Technical Center (CRTC)
  • Colby Marshall, CRTC
  • Caitlin Bettez, CRTC
  • Devin Delude, CRTC
  • Mitchell Stebbins, CRTC
  • Charles Veitch, CRTC
  • Joseph O’Brien, CRTC
  • Connor Rain, CRTC
  • Desiree Roberts, Dover Regional CTC
  • Allan Cushing, Huot CTE Laconia
  • Timothy Gentile, Huot CTE Laconia
  • Nathaniel Asseng, Cheshire Career Center
  • Willard Skidmore, Littleton
  • Jonathan “Jack” Beaumont, Manchester School of Technology
  • Alec Morgo, Manchester School of Technology
  • Austin Ostrander, Manchester School of Technology
  • Matthew Drootin, Mt Washington Valley CTE
  • Jose Avalos, Nashua CTE
  • Logan Pettus, Nashua CTE
  • Meghan Taylor, Newport School
  • Garrett Pintal, Pinkerton
  • Ryan Petrelis, Pinkerton
  • Connor Branagan, Pinkerton
  • Emily Rollins, Pinkerton
  • Umang Patel, Portsmouth CTE
  • Simon Faulkner, Portsmouth CTE
  • Damien Moody, Portsmouth CTE
  • Joseph Killron, R.W. Creteau CTE
  • Lyle Smith, Salem CTE
  • Devin Ulbrich, Salem CTE
  • Caleb Labbe, Seacoast School of Technology

The New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA) is a statewide trade association, representing the interests of the motor vehicle retail industry. Membership consists of all of the new equipment, car, truck, motorcycle, snowmobiles, and on-road and off-road recreational vehicle dealers, as well as, independent dealers, motor vehicle service, auto body repair, and motor vehicle parts sales facilities.