Growing a strong automotive workforce is essential to the health of the automotive industry in our state. Providing support and opportunity is one way MAMA and its members can secure its future workforce. Since 2006, the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to students studying automotive-related fields at Mississippi’s community colleges and universities.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants to the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association must:
Be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school in the state of Mississippi with plans to enroll full-time for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.
Be a sophomore during the year in which you would be receiving this scholarship, if attending a two-year college; Be a junior or senior during the year in which you would be receiving this scholarship, if attending a four-year college.
Hold a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Be interested in pursuing a career in automotive manufacturing.
Never have received this scholarship before.
What will be awarded?
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of $1,500 (two-year college) or $2,500 (four-year college) for one academic year to be used for educational expenses. Awards are not renewable. Students may not receive this scholarship more than once.
How many scholarships will be awarded?
The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association will award up to 16 scholarships for a total of $28,000 in scholarships for the 2019 – 2020 academic year, divided between two-year and four-year colleges. The actual quantity and total award amount will be finalized during the application review process, based on submissions and available resources.
How do I apply?
Eligible candidates may apply for a scholarship by completing and submitting an application and all supplemental information. The scholarship application and list of supplement material may be found at www.mamaonline.net/scholarships or you may email Caley Dawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications and all supplemental materials must be submitted to the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association at the close of business, no later than 5:00pm on Friday, April 5, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.
Carefully review your application before submission. Once your application is submitted, no further revisions can be made.
What supplemental information is required?
The supplemental information required for the application process is:
Essays (2): What area of automotive manufacturing are you interested in? Why? and Why do you feel you are a good candidate for this scholarship?
Digital photograph of applicant, preferably a headshot (used only for award notification announcements)
Letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, college counselor/advisor, or mentor (optional)
What are the essay guidelines?
Essays should be at least 300 words or two pages double spaced. Must be Times New Roman 12pt font.
When is the program deadline?
The application deadline for the 2019 – 2020 academic year is close of business, no later than 5:00pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.
How are recipients selected?
Applications will be evaluated on academic achievement, quality of essay, and interest in automotive manufacturing. Although recommendation letters are not required to apply, they may result in additional points for award criteria.
Recipients are selected by the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association Scholarship Committee and then recommended to the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association Board of Directors for final approval. Decisions of the selection committee and board of directors is final and are not subject to appeal. The program is competitive; not all applicants will be selected as recipients.
How and when will I be notified?
All applicants will be notified by May. Notifications will be sent to non-recipients by email to the email account that is listed on their application. Letters will be mailed to those selected to receive an award. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Non-recipients are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.
What are a recipient’s responsibilities?
Recipients must maintain full-time enrollment as defined by their school (usually considered to be a minimum of 12 credit hours). If they drop below full-time, they forfeit their award.
Recipients must notify the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association of any changes in address, email address, school enrollment, or other relevant information leading up to and during their recipient year.
Recipients are required to attend at least two Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association events during their recipient year.
Recipients are encouraged to update the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association on where they end up after graduation.
How and when are scholarships paid?
Disbursements for students will be by June. The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association will mail scholarship checks (payable to the educational institution) directly to the educational institution, who will distribute to the recipients.
The Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time.
WHO ARE THE PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Caley Dawkins.
Phone: 601-750-5666 or 601-707-5221