Scholarships Overview

Did you know scholarships are available to those who are eligible while training at Universal Technical Institute?* With a little guidance and preparation, you can find and apply for the best opportunities available to you. We'll show you how!


  • Step 1: Prepare - Gather your personal information
  • Step 2: Search - Look for available scholarships
  • Step 3: Match - Pick the scholarships that fit you best
  • Step 4: Apply - Carefully follow all application instructions

Go to "Step 1: Prepare" to begin!

Scholarship Money Available

scholarships total
UTI will offer $15,908,337 in sponsored scholarships and other sources of funding to our students in 2015.

*Scholarships available to those who qualify. Specific conditions, criteria and awards vary by state.

Step 1: Prepare

What's Your Story

First, you'll need to write down a few things about yourself. This will give you a few places to start your scholarship search and help to define your best opportunities.

Start with the Basics

Make a list of the quick facts that tell your story. Include notes about yourself, like where you come from, where you're headed and the things you like to do for fun. Here are some sample topics to get you started:

  • Family Story
  • Family heritage
  • Life challenges
  • Close family and friends
  • Past work experience
  • Present employment
  • Future career choice
  • Club memberships
  • Professional organizations
  • Military experience
  • Medical issues, conditions and history
  • Supported causes
  • Education history and grade point average (GPA)
  • Honors and awards
  • Charity work
  • Religion
  • Hobbies and interests

Step 2: Search

Where to Find Scholarships

Review the information from Step 1 and think of organizations that connect with those parts of your life. For example, are you employed part-time? Look into scholarships your employer may offer. You'd be surprised just how many opportunities are out there waiting to be discovered. To find them, all you need to do is look!

Start Here. Look There.

Scholarships are available from lots of sources. Here are a few ideas on where you can start your search. Make a list of your findings as you go. You'll need it for the next step.

Ask Friends and Family

Reach out to everyone you know and ask them to help you find available scholarships.

Look Locally

From churches and civic organizations to community centers and local businesses, you can often find lots of scholarship opportunities close to home. Some groups to consider: Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, American Legion Posts, auto/marine/motorcycle dealer associations, FFA chapters (for diesel scholarships), and school district education associations.

Visit the Library

Your local library may be a valuable resource for your scholarship search.

Go Online

Search websites like and, and reach out to friends on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+) for help and suggestions.

Turn Pro

Join a professional association as a student member and apply for scholarships open to members.

Think Hobbies

If you like working on cars, motorcycles or boats; writing; making videos; skateboarding or other sports; or other hobbies, there may be specific scholarships connected to those areas.

Explore Scholarships

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Step 3: Match

Focus Your Effort

Review your list but don't feel like you have to apply for every scholarship. You'll enjoy better results if you compare and rank every opportunity then focus on scholarships that match you best. How you compare and rank these scholarships is up to you. Evaluate whether or not you qualify for scholarships based on an honest inventory of each scholarship’s eligibility requirements.


Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility is often the first consideration during scholarship committee reviews. Applicants who fail to meet all eligibility requirements are often immediately discarded and not considered further. If you don’t meet one or more of a scholarship’s requirements, skip it and apply your time toward other scholarship opportunities.

Application Deadline
Do you have a realistic amount of time to gather your application materials, many of which can include recommendations, a written exam or essay? Give your references ample time to write you a thoughtful recommendation and give yourself enough time to write a well-thought-out essay then have it reviewed by a trusted advisor or teacher.

Application Requirements
Look at what each scholarship requires in order to apply and make a checklist. Are you able to gather recommendations? Are you willing to sit down and write an essay response to a scholarship question? Does the application require a copy of your high school transcript? Make sure you have these items ready before deciding to apply for a scholarship.

Number of Awards Offered
The more scholarships that an organization awards, the more likely your chances are of receiving one. If you still find your list of potential scholarships is overwhelming, try narrowing down your applications by applying for those that award more students.

Award Amount
You can narrow your search even further by focusing your time and efforts on the larger scholarships first. Then, if you have time, go back and apply for the smaller ones.

Step 4: Apply

Application Tips & Resources

With your choices narrowed, it's time to apply. Relax! Most applications are easy to complete. The key is to follow directions and provide exactly what is required.

Read First. Write Second.
Most applications require multiple steps, so make sure you understand the entire application before filling it out.

Master the Basics
Many applications require essays or recommendations. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. A favorite teacher, high school counselor, or trusted advisor or mentor can help you complete your applications. It’s always a good idea to ask someone to proofread your work and help you catch mistakes before you submit your application!

We'll Do Our Part
If a scholarship requires UTI to complete part of your application, contact your UTI representative for assistance or email us at

Follow Up For Best Results
After submitting your scholarship applications, it's important to follow up with every organization personally. (Phone calls are preferred.) Remember to speak professionally and to thank each representative for the opportunity to apply. A good impression could be the very thing that puts you over the top! Be sure to ask when scholarships are due to be awarded and note each of those dates on a calendar to track your results.

Great job and good luck!