(Marietta, Ga. – April 15, 2016)
Seven Chattahoochee Technical College students who are starting their careers in the automotive and diesel repair industries recently were presented with a Snap-On toolbox and $6,000 worth of tools. The tool sets were purchased through proceeds from the Mike Peterson Memorial Golf Tournament, which was held in October 2015 at the BridgeMill Athletic Club in Canton.
The annual tournament celebrates the life of automotive enthusiast Michael Peterson, who passed away in 2002. As a way to remember their son, Alan and Claire Peterson held the inaugural golf tournament in 2005, and 13 years later, the tournament has evolved into a major event helping to provide over $100,000 in scholarships to more than 70 deserving students in automotive, diesel and motorcycle programs at Chattahoochee Technical College. The tools awarded through the scholarship are the foundation for graduates to build their careers.
“We have been truly blessed with a network of supportive family and friends. What we are able to do today for the automotive and diesel repair students at Chattahoochee Tech is because of everyone’s dedication to this initiative,” Alan Peterson said. “We are extremely impressed with the Automotive Technology and Diesel Equipment Technology programs at the college. They are second to none.”
The qualifications for the scholarship includes completion of at least one year of study in a Chattahoochee Technical College program and having a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students applying for the scholarships are asked to complete an application, including a written essay, and provide a letter of recommendation from a current faculty member of Chattahoochee Technical College.
Automotive Technology and Diesel Equipment Technology students who received the Mike Peterson Memorial Scholarship were Austin Brown, of Avondale; Michael King, of Canton; Jessica Revere, of Tate; Nathaniel Welch, of Dallas; Adam Dupuis, of Acworth; Andrew Mabry, of Ellijay; and Justin Gross, of Marietta.
“I am very excited and really thankful to the Petersons and Chattahoochee Tech for providing these tools,” King said. “This is an added bonus to finish off in good spirits.”
Revere said the tools will help her advance in her career at Cherokee Toyota. With seven children, Revere said funds are budgeted toward other necessities, adding that the scholarship award will give her a leg up in getting into the shop at Toyota.