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DEARBORN, Mich., September 25, 2017 – Changing career paths can be a daunting task. Pursuing this kind of transition following military service can be even more difficult. To support veterans transferring into civilian careers, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center is announcing its second year of support for the “Trading One Uniform For Another” nationwide scholarship program.
Developed in collaboration with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Trading One Uniform For Another awards scholarships to U.S. military veterans interested in earning a certification in automotive maintenance and repair.
To help veterans acquire the skills they need to become automotive technicians, Quick Lane will award scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to five veterans. These funds can be used to pay for tuition, books and fees at any community college, university, trade or vocational school in the U.S. with an accredited program in automotive mechanics.
The public is invited to nominate veterans for these scholarships by going to QLtradingone.com and writing a short essay on why their nominee is a deserving recipient. Quick Lane is teaming up with DAV to select the five recipients from all qualified nominees.
"This scholarship has allowed me to concentrate on my studies more than in the past. I don't have to worry about getting a job to pay for the rest of my schooling, which takes off some of the stress," said veteran Casey Marvicka, one of five 2016 TOUFA scholarship winners. Casey is now enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and will start classes this fall.
Quick Lane will continue receiving nominations through Dec. 11, 2017, and will then begin its selection process. Quick Lane and DAV will announce the five scholarship winners at this year’s Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26.
“The entire Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center team, which includes over 800 independent Quick Lane operators, is again proud to demonstrate its support for our nation’s veterans in finding meaningful employment.” said Frederiek Toney, president, Global Ford Customer Service Division. “We are honored to stand beside the DAV in awarding these scholarships to our U.S. military veterans, thanking them for their service, and congratulating them on the pursuit of a career in automotive service and maintenance.”
Ford’s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers offer routine vehicle maintenance such as oil and filter changes, light repair services including brake repair, and tire replacements on all vehicle makes and models. With its more than 800 locations, customers can visit www.quicklane.com to find a center that is closest to them, print savings coupons and review maintenance tips to keep their vehicles running at peak efficiency. The site includes information on how to spot tire wear, how to jump-start a battery and even a series of tips to improve a vehicle’s efficiency.
DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans of all generations and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; linking veterans and their families to employment resources; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with nearly 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.
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