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CNCDA Foundation's Car Career Scholarship
Application status: Closed

The California New Car Dealers Association and its Scholarship Foundation are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Car Careers Scholarship Application – 2.0. Together we have powered a vision to fill the fierce demand for the auto technician and management roles critical to the industry. We are honored to have awarded scholarships to over 1,300 students, totaling over one million dollars.

As you prepare to “Shift your Auto Tech Career into Gear!” make sure your follow the guidelines and submit your completed application on time. In addition, we welcome the opportunity to connect you with a member franchised new vehicle dealership in your area before, during, and after you graduate to advance your career goals.

Best of Luck!

Cheryl Bedford

CNCDA Scholarship Foundation Chairperson & President
Owner, Sunset Auto Center, Lompoc, CA.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the CNCDA Foundation’s Car Career Scholarship must:

  • Be a resident in California.
  • Be high school seniors or graduates, or current college undergraduates who plan to enroll in part-time (minimum of 6 credits) or full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year college or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year. If a student is selected as a recipient and will not be enrolled for the entire academic year, the award amount will be prorated.
  • Be pursuing an Automotive Technology degree.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Members and/or relatives of members of the board of directors are ineligible.


Up to 20 awards of $5,000 each will be granted (four awards will be granted in each of the 5 regions). One recipient will receive an additional $5,000. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Applicants will be notified in late August. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The California New Car Dealers Scholarship Foundation. Payments are made in equal installments in September and February.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of automotive career and educational goals and objectives, an online recommendation from an automotive mentor and a short essay “What interests you most about the car industry and what skills will make you a good mechanic?” Financial need is not considered.

Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in factory-specific programs such as: TTEN, ASSET, ASEP, CAP or PACT and to applicants that work at a member dealership.

Scholarship America will select finalists from each region, and The California New Car Dealers Scholarship Foundation will select the recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than July 1, 2021 1:59 am CT.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Reasonable Accommodations:

Scholarship America and the California New Car Dealers Association Scholarship Foundation are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Scholarship America will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the scholarship application process, please contact or

Scholarship Foundation Privacy Policy:

The California New Car Dealers Association Scholarship Foundation (“Foundation”) is committed to protecting the privacy rights of applicants that apply for scholarships offered by the Foundation, as well as persons that donate to the Foundation. This policy is designed to explain what information is collected, what we use it for, who we share it with, and other aspects how we maintain this information.

Student Application Data

Participation in our Foundation Scholarship is voluntary. To be considered for this Scholarship, we require you to submit data about yourself so we may review your application to assure eligibility and consider you for an award. Types of personally identifiable information collected for this purpose may include but is not limited to:

  • full name
  • address
  • email address and phone numbers
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • academic information
  • current and future enrollment information
  • involvement in work, school, and community activities
  • birthdate

Information you provide about yourself will be used to evaluate your eligibility for the scholarship and to correspond directly with you.

Donor Data

The Foundation is committed to the privacy and security of all donors. Any information provided by donors is provided voluntarily and is protected in a commercially reasonable manner. We do not sell, share, or trade donor information and will not send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations without specific permission to do so.

Any donor information provided for donation processing through a third-party service provider will be used only as necessary to process the donation. All processing of payments and related information, including by third party service providers, is protected by industry standard safeguards.

Email Information

We may retain your email address and the content of email correspondence with you if you choose to correspond with us via email.

Sharing of Information with Third Parties

The Foundation works with a third party (Scholarship America) to collect, process, and maintain scholarship application data (Scholarship America’s Privacy Policy).

The Foundation may also share your data with the Foundation’s corporate parent (the California New Car Dealers Association).

Notice of Modifications to Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy is effective as of April 2, 2021 and may be modified from time to time at our sole discretion.


If you have questions about this policy, please contact Danielle Whitmore, Scholarship & Outreach Manager, at

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