BELOIT (WIFR) -- Beloit native Andrew Williams has been selected as a winner of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation (MRW) and Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Scholarship. Williams will a receive a full-tuition scholarship to the Diesel and Industrial Technology program at the UTI campus located in Lisle, Illinois, to pursue his passion for a career in the transportation industry.
Scholarship candidates were required to submit an application and compelling video making a case as to why they deserved to win. More than 270 finalist videos were posted on UTI’s Facebook page for a public voting period to select the winners. Williams’ submission video received 432 votes.
Williams had a passion for cars since a young age and began working at AutoZone when he was 18. He enrolled in UTI to build on his existing automotive knowledge and skills, and to learn more about diesel technology. Williams volunteers with youth groups on a Native-American reservation in South Dakota. He plans to use the skills he learns at UTI to help him establish a career and teach youth about automotive basics, which he believes is an important life skill. Attending UTI will help Williams better be able to give back to the community and enrich the lives of others.
In addition to Williams, thirty-two enrolled students will receive full-tuition scholarships in the core training program of their choice at UTI campuses across the country, totaling approximately $1 million in scholarships awarded. The MRW/UTI Scholarship Program was launched to call attention to the in-demand careers within the transportation industry that do not require a four-year degree.