New automotive scholarships for Black students

A new scholarship promises to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the country’s automotive sector.

The Hyundai Diversity Scholarship, available this fall, will sponsor three students who identify as Black in one of the following two-year programs in Centennial College’s School of Transportation: Motive Power Technician or Automotive Service Technician.

Kirk Merrett, Director of Human Resources and Administration at Hyundai Canada (CNW Group/Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.)

Upon graduation, scholarship recipients will also receive greater access to employment opportunities at a Hyundai dealership.

“At Hyundai Canada, we believe change in the name of inclusion and equality happens with action,” says Kirk Merrett, director of human resources and administration.

“Therefore, it is of great importance to us to provide this scholarship program in order to help foster diverse talent and cultivate the next generation in the auto industry. We are proud to be investing in the future of students with Centennial College while also realizing Hyundai’s vision of progress for humanity.”

Centennial’s School of Transportation is the largest in Canada. “Centennial College has a long history of welcoming and preparing diverse students for careers in Canada’s transportation sector,” Dean Alan McClelland says. “With the support of the newly created Hyundai Diversity Scholarship, our mission is further bolstered to serve the Black community and help more young Black men and women access rewarding careers in the automotive sector.”

Hyundai Canada was established in 1983 and is headquartered in Markham. A subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea, it has previously partnered with Centennial College to offer vehicle loans to train young apprentices on the latest advanced diagnostics, hybrid and alternate fuel training technologies, and build practical skillsets outside of automotive labs.

Pictured is Centennial College’s School of Transportation (CNW Group/Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.)

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