To support individuals in their pursuit of a career in the automotive industry, the MDA Education Foundation grants scholarships and bursaries to help with their post-secondary education costs. Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded $807,000 in education funding.
Since 2007, the MDA Education Foundation has awarded $807,000 in scholarships.
Since the 1990s, experts have been warning of an impending skilled labour shortage. They were right. Recognizing their common need to attract, develop and retain qualified people to their dealerships, in 1998 the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta (MDA) established the MDA Education Foundation to focus on this goal.
Since inception, the Foundation has funded career promotion initiatives and awarded scholarships annually. In 2002, the Foundation made a $50,000 donation to become a “Champion Partner” of an endowment fund that annually awards Apprenticeship and Industry Training Scholarships and High School Apprenticeship Scholarships (administered by the Government of Alberta).
Encouraging Albertans to pursue great careers
Our purpose is to encourage Albertans to pursue careers at our MDA member dealerships. We raise funds to provide scholarships that help individuals defray the cost of post-secondary education and recognize their achievements.
How the Foundation is Funded
Funded from donations
The MDA Education Foundation is 100% funded from donations by MDA members and industry supporters.
What the Foundation Spends Money on
HOW FUNDS ARE SPENT
The MDA Education Foundation is a registered charity that is overseen by the association’s board of directors
The vast majority of MDA Education Foundation funds are spent on providing scholarships, primarily to employees of MDA member dealerships enrolled in an automotive trade apprenticeship program or dealership management programs at SAIT, the Automotive Business School of Canada (Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario) and Northwood University.
The Foundation awards scholarships both directly (MDA Education Foundation Scholarship) and through education partners who administer their programs.
Foundation Education Partners
For more information and to apply for scholarships the Foundation funds through our education partners, please visit their websites directly:
These scholarships provide financial support to Albertans pursuing automotive-related, post-secondary education. Are you driven to succeed?
Applicant Eligibility Requirements
Enrolled/enrolling in an Automotive Technical Trade Apprenticeship Programs in Alberta or an Automotive Business Management program at SAIT or Georgian College
An Alberta Resident
Employed by an active MDA member dealer (apprenticeship awards only)
Automotive Service Technician*
Heavy Equipment Technician*
Business Administration Automotive Management (SAIT)
Automotive Business School of Canada (Georgian College)
Automotive Marketing and Management (degree program at Northwood University
* at any apprenticeship accredited education institution in Alberta
Selection Process and Criteria
HOW IT WORKS
Selection process and criteria
Scholarship applications are reviewed and award decisions are made by the MDA Board of Directors on a semi-annual basis. Applicants must have completed the program year and provide a marks transcript.
In addition to the eligibility requirements listed, the Foundation board considers financial need and academic performance in granting scholarship funds.
Note: you are eligible to receive a scholarship once per program year. I.e., if you complete more than one program year in a calendar year, you can apply for more than one scholarship in a calendar year.
March 30, 2023 – 1st half
September 30, 2023 – 2nd half
How to Apply
To apply for an MDA Education Foundation Scholarship, please complete our online application form. If your application is successful, the MDA will notify you directly
Have a Question?
If you have a question or would like additional information, please use the link below to contact us.
The MDA Education Foundation’s ability to fund scholarships is entirely due to the generosity of our donors. Thank you to the following MDA Dealership and Associate Members who donated in 2023.
Adams Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd.
Adventure Automotive Ltd.
Bannister Ford (Edson) Ltd.
Big M Ford Lincoln Ltd.
Big Rock Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 2016 Ltd.
Buist Motor Products
Campbell Dodge Chrysler Ltd.
Country Hills Chrysler
Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Crowe MacKay LLP
Davis Chevrolet GMC Buick Airdrie
Davis GMC Buick (Lethbridge)
DK Ford Sales Ltd.
Drayton Valley Ford Sales Ltd.
Dunlop Ford Sales Ltd.
Edwards Garage Ltd.
Fifth Avenue Auto Haus Ltd.
Greatwest Kenworth Ltd.
High Level Motor Products Inc.
Hunter Motors Ltd.
Kipp Scott GMC Cadillac Buick
Koch Ford Sales (Athabasca) Ltd.
Lacombe Ford Sales Ltd.
Lamb Ford Sales Ltd.
Lexus of Calgary
Lexus of Royal Oak
Medicine Hat Toyota
Mercedes-Benz Country Hills
New West Truck Centres - Calgary
Patricia Ford Sales (1994) Ltd.
Rainbow Ford Sales Inc.
Renfrew Chrysler Inc.
Rocky Mountain Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ltd.
Royal Oak Nissan Ltd.
Scougall Motors Ltd.
South Trail Kia
Southside Dodge Chrysler Jeep & RV Centre
Straightline Kia Calgary
Straightline Kia Medicine Hat
Sun City Ford Ltd.
Tarrabain Motor Products Ltd.
Webb's Ford Ltd.
Westcastle Motors Ltd.
Westergard Motors (Drumheller) Ltd
Western GM Drumheller
Westlock Ford Sales Ltd.
Westlock Motors Ltd.
Westridge Buick GMC
Wheaton Honda West
Whitecap Chevrolet Buick GMC
Wolfe Chevrolet Edmonton
Wolfe GMC Buick Edmonton
Zarowny Motors (St. Paul) Ltd.
Zender Ford Sales Ltd.
In 2022, the MDA Education Foundation awarded $84,250 to support Albertans in their pursuit of a career in the automotive industry. Congratulations to the following MDA Education Foundation Scholarship recipients. We wish you well on your road to success!