Cody Nelson of Camden has received a full-tuition scholarship to the automotive and diesel industrial technology program at Universal Technical Institute of Norwood, Massachusetts, as a winner in a video contest through mikerowWORKS Foundation.
There were more than 270 finalist application and videos and winners were determined by public voting on Facebook, through which Nelson earned 452 votes and finished in the top 20.
According to Nelson’s video, he was a National Technical Honor Society member in high school, and had earned welding certification, even while he built and rebuilt vehicles and engines. Nelson wants to buy his own service trucks and work as a diesel technician for the strong diesel industry that spans Maine’s coastline, according to the press release.
Counting Nelson, 33 students will receive full-tuition scholarships totaling approximately $1 million in core training programs at UTI campuses across the country. Other areas of interest included professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.
“All of the applications and videos for the MRW/UTI Scholarship program were truly inspiring,” said Kim McWaters, chairman and chief executive officer of UTI, in the press release. “In collaboration with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, we’re thrilled to provide the winners with the technical training they need to pursue careers in the transportation industry, where the need for skilled, professional technicians continues to grow.”