Belfast student wins full tuition to automotive school

Jul 26, 2014
Cody Nelson

Camden — On July 24, Cody Nelson was selected as a winner of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Universal Technical Institute Scholarship.

Nelson will a receive full-tuition scholarship to the automotive & diesel industrial technology program at the Norwood, Mass. campus of Universal Technical Institute to pursue his passion for a career in the transportation industry.

Nelson is a 2014 graduate of Belfast Area High School. He is from Camden.

In addition to Nelson, 32 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.

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.

In his video, Nelson describes both his passion and commitment; during high school he was a member of the National Technical Honor Society and also earned a welding certification, at the same time he built and rebuilt vehicles, engines and more. His goal is to buy his own service trucks and work as a diesel technician for the strong diesel industry that spans Maine’s coastline.

Nelson's dedication and work ethic is impressive and shines through in his video submission, earning him 452 votes and placing him in the top 20 among all of the submitted videos. See Nelson's video at youtu.be/PXheTAD57tc

Mike Rowe, the creator, executive producer and host of Discovery Channel's “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” and CNN’s new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” is challenging the idea that an expensive four-year degree is the best and only path for most people, while calling attention to thousands of career opportunities with companies that are struggling to fill jobs that require technical skill and expertise.

For more information about the MRW/UTI Scholarship Program and the complete list of winners, please visit: uti.edu/mrw.

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