Women in Auto Care gave 86 awards totaling $413,500 in value this year, setting a new record with its scholarship program, according to a press release.
The scholarship program assists female students in the U.S. looking to begin a career in the auto industry.
The awards were comprised of cash scholarships as well as starter toolkits. Women in Auto Care awarded five $7,000 cash scholarships totaling $35,000, as well as its largest scholarship to date, amounting to $10,000.
Twenty toolkits valued at $9,000 each were also given, as well as an additional 10 toolkits valued at $4,250 each.
Having started in 2004 with $2,000, this marks the sixth year in a row the organization has broken a record in the amount of scholarships and supplies offered. This year saw over a 10% increase from the record set in 2022.
"I am especially proud of our tool program which awarded 30 pallets of tools to aspiring female technicians,” said Women in Auto Care Chair Jessica Toliuszis. “We are deeply grateful for the support from the entire extended community. Thanks to our sponsors, we are funneling the talent pipeline in the automotive aftermarket with diverse candidates."