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UTI Foundation sponsors Drive to Succeed contests

January 18, 2011, Official Release,

PHOENIX -- The Universal Technical Institute Foundation has announced two exciting national video contests that will award more than $80,000 in scholarships and shop supplies. Launched as part of the activities surrounding the inaugural Drive to Succeed event, students across the U.S. are encouraged to enter and tell the UTI Foundation why they want to be a technician or why they want a shop makeover for their high school.

High-school seniors interested in a career in the automotive, motorcycle, marine or NASCAR industries can submit a two- to three-minute YouTube-style video sharing with the UTI Foundation "Why I Want to be a Technician" to win a $25,000, $10,000 or $5,000 scholarship to any Universal Technical Institute campus. Any high-school senior, nationwide, can enter the contest. Be creative, have fun and share your passion with others!

High-school students and instructors whose high school auto shops are in need of new supplies can tell the UTI Foundation "Why My Auto Shop Needs a Makeover," in a two- to three-minute YouTube-style video. Product packages valued at $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 will be awarded to three high schools, nationwide. Any high school with an auto shop can enter.

"The Drive to Succeed video contests allow students with a passion for a career in the automotive industry a chance to make their dreams a reality," said Veronica Meury, vice president and executive director of the UTI Foundation. "The video contests are a great way for students and teachers to showcase their enthusiasm for this field."

All videos will be open to the public for voting, with 10 finalists for each contest judged based on originality of content, creativity and enthusiasm for a career working on cars, trucks, motorcycles or boats. The winners must be able to attend the inaugural Drive to Succeed event at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving on April 2, in Chandler, Ariz. Flights and accommodations will be provided by the UTI Foundation for the winners. The contest is open for entries until Jan.31. Voting will take place Feb. 7-13. One video entry allowed per person and shop class.

Official rules and more details can be found at Winners of each contest will be notified on or about March 1, and will be announced publicly at the inaugural Drive to Succeed event.