LBWCC students get automotive scholarships
January 01, 2019
Three LBW Community College students in the automotive mechanics program were among 48 statewide to be named as recipients of a $3,600 scholarship, jointly funded by the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), to help fill more than 10,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in Alabama within two years.
“We are proud of this accomplishment by these students, all of whom showed determination and dedication to completing their program of study by applying for and being awarded these scholarships,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel.
Cierra Jackson, David Benjamin Lee, and Ryan Tutor were notified of the scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year to continue studies in the automotive mechanics program at LBWCC.
Jackson starts her third semester on the MacArthur Campus in Opp beginning in May and anticipates completing the program in spring of 2020.
“I’m interested in how all the vehicles work and I want to show everyone that a woman can do it, too,” said Jackson. The scholarship “means everything to me because it gives me a better opportunity in life.”
Following graduation, she hopes to get a job at a dealership or automotive shop and ultimately open her own business, she said.
Tutor and Lee are both seniors at Geneva County High School taking LBWCC dual enrollment classes at GTech, each completing their fourth semester in May.
Lee, son of Benita Bort and Chris Bort of Hartford, said he chose automotive mechanics because he’s always been around it.
“My grandfather had a shop and my brother and I were always around automotive mechanics. It’s how my brother and I bonded. We carry on a rivalry about Honda versus Toyota.”
Receiving the scholarship will make an impact on his education, Lee said.
“It means that I have support and the ability to continue being successful and learn more about the automotive field to prepare me for engineering school.”
Lee’s plan is to attend LBWCC summer term, then transfer to the University of South Alabama for two semesters before returning to LBW for completion of his program next summer.
“I plan to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in business with the goal of working for Chevron after college graduation.”
Tutor, son of Derak and Regina Tutor, said the scholarship will help him follow his dream and finish college. He’s on track to complete the automotive mechanic program at the end of 2019.
“I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart and fixing them,” he said.
His hope for the future is joining PowerSouth as a fleet mechanic.
To be considered for the AAMA and ACCS scholarships, each student was required to have at least a 2.5 GPA and to submit an essay on why he or she wants to work in Alabama’s automotive industry. Each student also had to submit a reference letter.