​​​​​The following are scholarship opportunities for current and future DMACC Automotive students.  It is important that you carefully check eligibility and follow all instructions so your applications will not be disqualified.  If you have questions or need assistance with scholarship applications, please contact Janelle Seward, Pathway Navigator at DMACC, at 515-965-6024 or

DMACC Foundation

Multiple scholarships are awarded to current and future DMACC students with some only awarded to automotive students. Application deadlines vary:

  • Spring 2020 High School Graduates: To be announced
  • Prairie Trail Scholarship: March 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. (CST): Open ONLY to students OR dependents of homeowners living in the Prairie Trail Housing Development.
  • Summer 2020: To be announced
  • Fall 2020: To be announced

Visit the DMACC​ Foundation site for more details and application.

Iowa Auto Dealers Association (IADA)

​Deadline: March 1, 2020

​Students must be committed to the pursuit of automotive-related studies, such as technician training, body shop/collision repair, diesel, new vehicle sales, parts sales, accounting, or business administration. Scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded in April 2020.

Learn more about the scholarships and the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education by visiting the Iowa Auto Dealers Associatio​n web​site to learn more about the scholarship.​

​Standard Motor Products Women in Auto Care Scholarship

​Deadline: March 31, 2020

Standard Motor Products Inc.​ (SMP) has announced its new SMP ‘Women in Auto Care’ Scholarship. Running Jan. 1 through March 31, 2020, the inaugural competition will present two female students with a $5,000 scholarship each.
To be eligible for a scholarship you must:

  • 18 years of age
  • Provide an official transcript of all academic work.​​
  • Currently enrolled full-time in high school or in an accredited two- or four-year, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited, college.
  • Must also have a current cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5

Complete rules can be found at​

​GM Automotive Drive to Succeed Scholarship for Women

​Deadline: April 1, 2020

Making a difference for women pursuing a career in automotive retail, applicants will be evaluated on the strength of their academic performance, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, career and educational aspirations, and on the strength of their personal statement. Financial need will also be taken into consideration.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded for the 2020 academic year in amounts up to $5,000. To be considered for a GM Women's Retail Network Drive to Succeed Scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be female
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED (as of fall 2020)
  • Must be able to verify enrollment at the beginning of the 2020 fall term
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or have the ability to accept permanent employment in the US without the need for visa sponsorship now or in the future
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or non-traditional educational institution that offers formal programs or certifications in automotive retail and/or automotive service; or, currently employed at an automotive dealership and enrolled in an educational institution that offers formal programs or certifications that advance your career within automotive retail.

Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship

Deadline: June 30, 2020

The program has specific scholarships for incoming freshmen and upper-level undergraduate students. All of the scholarships are based on financial needs and with the usual minimum GPA requirement of 3.0.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must:

  • Submit a completed application form indicating a sincere interest in an automotive career.
  • Provide an official transcript of all academic work.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation supporting your automotive interests.
  • Submit a letter of acceptance for an associate, bachelor, or masters program.
  • Be accepted at an accredited college, university or trade school within the United States at the time of application.
  • Students attending a technical training school may also apply (trade school should equal a two-year associate program).
  • Student must be a United States citizen or in the United States on a Student Visa.
  • Must be enrolled full-time.
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or higher.

Visit the Automotive Hall of Fame website for more details.

American Muscle Automotive Scholarships

Deadline: June 15, 2020

We are offering 4 currently enrolled students or high school seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education an opportunity to be awarded $2,000 in tuition assistance towards their upcoming semester! This scholarship is ongoing and will be available for both the spring and fall semesters each year.

Those students who have exceptional drive and ambition should submit a 700-1500 word essay to telling us who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry. All entries must be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to be eligible for consideration and must also be accompanied by proof of current enrollment in an accredited United States college or university.

Please submit your essays by 12:00PM EST on October 15th for all spring semester applicants and by June 15th for all fall applicants. Winning scholarships will be paid directly to the school as a tuition payment.

Winners will be selected by November 15th for all spring contestants and by July 15th for fall applicants.

This is a permanent program that is offered every year and is open for submissions each spring and fall semester!

Visit the American Muscle Automotive website for more details.

Shear Comfort Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada in an undergraduate or graduate engineering, automotive technology, or similar program related to the automotive industry
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada or hold a valid student Visa
  • Must complete and submit essay, and application to by April 15, (Spring Semester) or October 15, (Fall Semester)​
  • Must be able to provide proof of college or university enrollment upon request
  • Only one entry per student is permitted
  • Must not be an employee of Shear Comfort Ltd. and associated companies

Visit the Shear Comfort Scholarship website for more details.

Automotive Aftermarket - Due March 31, 2020

​​​Deadline: March 31, 2020

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) and more than 30 additional organizations award automotive scholarships.  Full-time DMACC students in the Auto Mechanics Technology, Automotive Collision Repair Technology, and Diesel Technology programs and graduating high school seniors applying to these programs are eligible to apply for these scholarships.  More than 3,500 scholarships have been awarded by UAF and all the collaborating organizations since 1998.

Students should apply online.  Applications will be reviewed beginning in March and recipients are notified by each organization soon after.

Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA)

Application window for Spring 2020 has closed.​

MWACA is proud to support students pursuing a career in the automotive service industry. With the help of MWACA TTEF donors, MWACA has awarded at least four $1,000 scholarships each year to assist students with tuition and expenses. Scholarships recipients not only receive $1,000 in scholarship funds, they are also awarded a weekend training pass to the VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo event. At VISION, recipients will attend professional-level technical training that will enrich their educational pursuits. During VISION's Saturday evening Awards Dinner, scholarship recipients and their instructors are recognized for their accomplishments.

Scholarships will be awarded in March for an automotive student enrolled and in good standing in the program. High school seniors currently enrolled in a voc-tech automotive program with a plan to register and attend a college auto program in the summer or fall can apply. Visit the Midwest Auto Care Alliance Student Scholarship website for more information. Click HERE to apply online​.​

TMC Scholars Program

Deadline: ongoing

Auto Collision students: work part-time at $16 an hour while attending school and have your tuition covered through the Scholars program. Free uniforms & cleaning service, opportunities for advancement, and on-the-job training is provided. Apply for the job and scholarship by walk-in at 4554 Delaware Ave, Des Moines 50313, call Jordan Evans at 515-256-3981 for more information, or visit the TMC website.

TechForce Foundation

Deadline: Monthly

​Our Vision: We harness the collective resources of the transportation industry to develop tomorrow's workforce of qualified technicians by: Increasing awareness and enthusiasm for the profession; Providing resources to help access quality education for those with financial need; Connecting future techs and industry through mentorship and career development opportunities. To find out more about the TechForce Foundation, visit their website and get tips for applying for their scholarships. There are several different scholarships with varying deadlines which they have listed.

The Automotive Technician Scholarship Program

Deadline: TBA 2020

Federal-Mogul Motorparts Corporation is pleased to announce its Automotive Technician Scholarship Program awarding twelve (12) students up to $2,500 to help support educational expenses for the 2020-2021 school year. Funding for the scholarships is provided through the Federal-Mogul Motorparts Corporation Garage Gurus, who provide industry-leading training to automotive professionals Onsite, Online and On-Demand throughout the United States.

Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible for the Federal-Mogul Motorparts Automotive Technician Scholarship. The individuals must:

  • at the time of application be (i) enrolled full-time at a US high school; or (ii) accepted or currently enrolled, either full-time or part-time, at an accredited college, university or trade school within the US. Trade school should be the equivalent of a two-year associate program.
  • be in pursuit of an automotive technician degree or certification (or equivalent degree/certification).
  • carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  • be a legal resident of the United States, in the United States on a student Visa or a resident alien.
  • submit most recent transcript of all academic work.
  • submit a completed application. ​
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation from non-family members.
  • submit a typed essay (no more than four (4) pages in length double spaced – 1,000 words maximum) or a video (no more than two (2) minutes long) describing "why I want to be a top technician." Maximum file size is 25MB.

Visit the Federal-Mogul Motorparts Corporation website for more details.​