2016 UTI Grave Digger Scholarship Recipient Announced

Authored by Admin on March 22, 2016


Universal Technical Institute and Dennis Anderson Announce 2016 UTI Grave Digger® Scholarship Recipient at

Monster Jam World Finals® XVII


Jared Sharp of Imperial, Neb., Receives $20,000 Award


ELLENTON, Fla. (March 21, 2016) – Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and four-time Monster Jam World Finals® champion, Dennis Anderson, announced the winner of the 2016 UTI Grave Digger Scholarship. Anderson selected Jared Sharp of Imperial, Neb., as the recipient of the $20,000 scholarship, which was awarded prior to the Monster Jam World Finals® Racing Championship at Sam Boyd Stadium on Friday, March 18. With this scholarship, Jared will be attending the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C.


Established in 2005, the UTI Grave Digger Scholarship has been awarded to individuals seeking a career as a professional automotive, diesel, or collision repair technician. During that time, 12 students have been awarded this scholarship. Jared was chosen by Anderson because of his ambition and passion for the automotive industry. Currently, Monster Jam employs 19 technicians who are graduates from UTI and NASCAR Technical Institute, several of which are former recipients of the UTI Grave Digger Scholarship.  



Dennis Anderson and UTI’s Mark Harston presenting the UTI Grave Digger $20,000 Scholarship

Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports



“Interest in the Grave Digger scholarship has continued to grow each year since we launched it with Monster Jam® in 2005. We are very pleased to help Jared pursue his dream of building a successful career in the automotive, diesel or collision repair industry through this scholarship,” said Jocelyn Omen, Enthusiast Marketing Manager at UTI.


Anderson selected Jared after reviewing submission videos of the top 10 finalists that UTI officials selected from a pool of 195 applicants. Anderson is extremely excited to help further Jared’s vision of working in the industry.


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About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
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 190,000 graduates in its 50-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 12 campus locations 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, Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).


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