Hi..I am helping an 18 year old friend find a school for auto mechanics where he can get the best bang for his buck but also not come away without a huge loan burden. He is from Guatemala, came here in 2008 without any English and has mastered the language by his senior year. His GPA is 78, SATs are really low (reflecting his challenges)....neither of which matter much to the schools he is looking at University of NW Ohio, UTI, Wyotech. He will qualify for maximum pell grants but I am trying to locate scholarship opportunities not based on academic achievement but more on his demonstrated potential in overcoming barriers and lots of work and community service. He is a fantastic, bright, open minded kid. Could he qualify for any "native American" scholarship as he has a tribal connection but it is in Central America, not a tribe here in the states?
Any ideas about internships/apprenticeships that might afford him great training and opportunity to take ASE test for mechanics without breaking the bank at the fancy schools if we can't come up with some grant/scholarship money??
Minority scholarships not based on academic performance so much?