Hyundai Auto Canada and Centennial College launched a new scholarship to support diversity, equity, and inclusion within the automotive industry, particularly among Black students.
The Hyundai Diversity Scholarship, which in full would cover $60,000, aims to foster the recruitment and advancement of Black students applying to the School of Transportation at Centennial College. The scholarship will be offered to six Black students (who identify as members of the Black community) over three years.
“At Hyundai Canada, we believe change in the name of inclusion and equality happens with action. 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,” said Kirk Merrett, Director of Human Resources and Administration at Hyundai Canada.
In addition to the scholarship the recipients will also receive greater access to employment opportunities at a Hyundai dealership after graduation.
The scholarship is meant for students in two automotive programs at Centennial College: Motive Power Technician and Automotive Service Technician. The school receives approximately 2,000 students in its School of Transportation division. As part of a long-term focus, Hyundai Canada wants to bridge the gap between market demand and talent development.
“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,” said Alan McClelland, Dean of Centennial’s School of Transportation.
The scholarship will be available for fall 2021.