Subaru to offer Camden County College scholarship, internships in effort to develop future workforce

File photo Automaker Subaru of America's headquarters in Camden.

Subaru of America announced Friday that it will provide six annual scholarships at Camden College College — as well as provide an internship program that could lead to full-time work — for students interested in pursuing a career in automotive technology.

Subaru of America, based in Camden, will work in partnership with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the multiracial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1996.

Named the Subaru University Scholarship for Automotive Excellence, the scholarship will equip six Camden students per year with financial support for an associate degree at Camden County College, as well as internship opportunities designed to kickstart a career in the automotive industry.

Scholarship applications for the 2021-22 academic school year are now open and will be accepted through March 31, 2021, with awards being announced in spring 2021.

For more information about applicant criteria, the full application and award process, and annual cost and payment structures, please click here.

Sheila Gallucci-Davis, vice president – general counsel, philanthropy and corporate responsibility, said the scholarship program falls in line with Subaru’s corporate values.

“Subaru of America Inc. is proud to call the city of Camden our home, and launching this scholarship program with our long-term partners at Rainbow PUSH is another opportunity to empower our neighbors and continue our investment in the city,” she said in a statement.

“We are committed to strengthening our communities by helping to make education as accessible as possible. Providing these six scholarships is one way to honor that commitment in our Camden home and continue our effort to be more than a car company.”

Jackson, the president of Rainbow PUSH, called Subaru a valued partner who shares his organization’s commitment to level the economic and educational playing fields.

“After several months of brainstorming, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Subaru in the creation of Subaru Scholarship for Automotive Excellence,” he said in a statement. “This socioeconomic initiative is a benchmark in the automotive industry.”

Selected recipients will not only receive scholarships for the two-year Automotive Technology Apprentice associate degree at Camden County College and approved reimbursable expenses, but also will be paired with a Subaru retailer to support them throughout their education.

Scholars will receive mentorship, as well as a paid internship from one of the following participating Subaru retailers: Cherry Hill, Lumberton or Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, as well as the Subaru National Training Service Center in Camden.

Camden County College President Donald Borden said he is thrilled the school is a part of the program.

“We’re pleased that Subaru and Rainbow PUSH Coalition have chosen to partner with Camden County College to launch their new automotive training scholarship program,” he said. “We believe that the program will provide incredible opportunities for the selected scholars and help build the future of the automotive industry.”