Universal Technical Institute Foundation launches Military Transition Support
program to aid returning veterans
PHOENIX, Nov. 11, 2013
Program will help cover day-to-day expenses related to schooling
PHOENIX, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --With the help of NASCAR
driver Joey Logano, the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Foundation
launched the Military Transition Support program (MTS) over Veterans Day
weekend to ensure veterans of the U.S. military and members of their families
have the necessary resources available to achieve their career ambition of
receiving a technical degree or certification.
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Managed by the Universal Technical Institute Foundation, the program provides
grants to cover day-to-day expenses related to school including rent,
relocation costs, food and childcare, that place a financial burden on
veterans, making it harder for them to transition back into civilian life.
"The Military Transition Support program will help ease the financial strain
our returning veterans face when trying to manage the oftentimes difficult
process of assimilating back into civilian life," said Veronica Meury, UTI
Foundation vice president and executive director. "These men and women have
served our country in the most admirable way, and we want to remove some of
these obstacles so that they can pursue their education and career ambitions."
Penske Racing driver Logano helped launch the new program by surprising one
young disabled veteran, Starrbuck Long, and his family with news that they
would receive the first disbursement of $5,000 from the program, which was
made possible through a donation from the Joey Logano Foundation. In addition,
Shell Oil Company, sponsor of Logano's No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car, surprised the family with a $500 Shell V-Power
Long, whose disability and full-time enrollment in school prevents him from
being able to work, has struggled to manage the daily challenges of keeping up
with his course work and bills while supporting his wife Jacquelyn, and their
two young daughters, Kara and Aurora. The grant will cover five months of rent
to help relieve some of the financial burden on the family.
Logano surprised the Longs in front of 45 military veterans and UTI
representatives during the NASCAR Truck Series race at Phoenix International
Raceway, where the group received a special VIP experience in honor of
"I've been fortunate enough to go on two USO tours, and there's nothing more
honorable than serving your country," said Logano. "We should do whatever we
can to help our returning veterans. When I heard Starrbuck and others' stories
I just really wanted to help, and the Military Transition Support program
seemed like a great way to help make life a little easier for them while they
pursue their dreams."
The Universal Technical Institute provides post-secondary education for
students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair,
motorcycle, marine, NASCAR and other transportation industries at 11 campuses
across the country. The mission of the UTI Foundation is to support and
encourage technical education for these industries through scholarships,
grants, career development and other special programs. Currently,
approximately 15 to 18 percent of UTI's new students across all campuses come
from the Military student segment.
For more information or to donate to the program, visit www.utifoundation.net
and follow at http://www.facebook.com/UTIFoundation and @UTIFoundation.
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 raising funds to support and
encourage technical education for the automotive, diesel, collision repair,
motorcycle, marine, NASCAR and other transportation industries through
scholarships, grants, career development and other special programs. For more
information, visit www.utifoundation.net.
About Universal Technical Institute
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 160,000 graduates in its
47-year history, UTIoffers 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 (NASCAR Tech).
About Joey Logano Foundation
The mission of the Joey Logano Foundation is to inspire, mobilize and empower
the "NASCAR nation" to directly improve the lives of children and families
with life-altering needs in their communities. To learn more, visit
Sarah Newman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-724-5394
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SOURCE Universal Technical Institute Foundation
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