UTI Foundation's 2011 Drive to Succeed Video Competition Gives High School Seniors a Chance to Earn Scholarships and Auto Shop Upgrades

Oct 18, 2011, 12:38 ET from Universal Technical Institute Foundation

Headlights, Camera, Action – Drive To Succeed Video Competition Rewards Creativity and Content

PHOENIX, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2011 Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Foundation Drive to Succeed Video Competition features two contests – Why I Want to Be a Technician and Why My High School Auto Shop Needs a Make-Over. Both contests will run through November 30, 2011.  Students will upload videos to the UTI Foundation's Facebook® page at http://www.facebook.com/UTIFoundation, and a combination of Drive To Succeed Committee judging and online votes will be used to determine the winners of each contest.

The Why I Want to Be a Technician Contest is open to high school seniors across the country interested in careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. The student who submits the winning video entry will earn a $25,000 scholarship to any Universal Technical Institute campus. All it takes to win is a video camera, creativity and a compelling story. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to the second place winner, and the third place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Students and instructors can enter the Why My High School Auto Shop Needs a Make-Over Contest to win new shop tools and technology thanks to sponsors like Snap-On®.  Schools will be awarded $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in shop upgrades for the first place, second place, and third place winners, respectively.

"The Drive To Succeed video competition is all about turning dreams into reality for several deserving students around the country," said Veronica Meury, vice president and executive director, UTI Foundation. "The competition celebrates the passion and creativity that students invest in the videos and encourages a spirit of collaboration. The imagination we see in the videos is only a small representation of the ambition and excellence for which UTI students are known."

The video competition serves as a kick-off to the second annual Drive To Succeed event taking place at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving on March 31, 2012 in Chandler, Arizona.

Official rules and more information are available online through the UTI Foundation website at http://www.utifoundation.net/uti-foundation/drive-to-succeed/national-video-contest. Winners will be announced on or around January 19, 2012.

About UTI Foundation:
The UTI Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit, is the umbrella organization for all Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) not-for-profit initiatives and is dedicated to supporting and encouraging technical education for the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine, NASCAR and other transportation industries.  The UTI Foundation provides scholarships, grants, career development and other special programs.  For more information, visit www.utifoundation.net.

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.: Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 150,000 graduates in its 46-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI). To learn more about UTI and its training services, log on to www.uti.edu.

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SOURCE Universal Technical Institute Foundation