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The Hourglass Foundation announces two new scholarship opportunities dedicated specifically to women

Application window for both “Women in Auto Tech” and “Women Rock Trades” scholarships open on Oct. 2 and ends on April 14, 2023.

Commerce City, Colo.—The Hourglass Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit and philanthropic arm of Hourglass Management Corporation (which also includes Flexco Fleet Services), is introducing two new scholarship opportunities for first-generation female students and underserved young women pursuing community college or trade school programs that focus on Auto Tech, Engineering Tech or Skilled Trade Programs like HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, and Construction. The new scholarship announcements include a “Women in Auto Tech” Scholarship, and a “Women Rock Trades” Scholarship.

Each scholarship has varying criteria requirements, but both will include a $1,000 to be awarded to a U.S. graduating high school senior, a GED certificate holder or a currently enrolled student who is pursuing an education at either a community college or trade school. Educational focus should be in automotive (auto repair, collision, and diesel technology), as well as trades such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, welding, etc. 

According to BestAccreditedColleges.org, “When it comes to trade school applicants and careers in trades in general, women are significantly underrepresented. In terms of trade schools specifically, this applies to the traditional trade programs and their associated careers, meaning professions such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, welding, etc.”

Since women are so vastly outnumbered by men in all these traditional trade fields, The Hourglass Foundation wanted to do something meaningful to help encourage more women to enter the skilled trades arena. On top, there is an auto tech shortage in this country. In fact, the number of auto technicians the auto tech industry will be short between now and 2025 is 800,000, according the the Techforce Foundation. This means auto techs are in very high demand, and that opens up great career path opportunities for both men and women alike. 

One of The Hourglass Foundations’ Board Members, Chad Shoemaker, stated, “At The Hourglass Foundation, we understand that there is more than one path to an education and career path. Every year, thousands of first generation students and underserved young adults are looking to enroll in auto technology and  skilled trades training programs but struggle with the funds to cover enrollment, books, tools, and other school supplies. It’s been our mission since 2018 to help empower young students to achieve their dreams of an education despite financial adversity.”

“Since our inception, we’ve raised and awarded over $60,000 to 47 eligible and very deserving recipients. It’s something we, as well as all of our donors are very proud of, and a mission we want to continue to support. Of course, to achieve this we rely in part on monetary donations from generous individuals and corporate sponsors,” Shoemaker said.

Application window for both “Women in Auto Tech” and “Women Rock Trades” scholarships open on Oct. 2 and ends on April 14, 2023. Additionally, The Hourglass Foundation offers several other scholarship opportunities. For information on all of them, visit www.thehourglassfoundation.org

Scholarship eligibility and application requirements may apply for each scholarship. Visit the application page to see submission criteria, deadlines, and more.


About The Hourglass Foundation

The Hourglass Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Hourglass Management Corporation, and a 501(c)3 non-profit. We are guided by the belief that we can create hope and opportunity through educational scholarships for first generation students and underserved young adults pursuing community college and/or vocational programs in skilled trades. We strive to help students achieve their dreams of an education through offering trade school/ community college scholarship programs. “There is more than one path to an education and successful career.”

Our success in our endeavor depends in part, on monetary donations from generous individual supporters and corporate sponsors. Please join us in our mission:  https://thehourglassfoundation.org

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