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Passion for autos earns him $20,000 scholarship

Alex Larson, senior at River Falls High School, was awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and Grave Digger driver Dennis Anderson.

Larson will receive a $20,000 scholarship to attend any one of UTI’s 10 campuses offering automotive training or eight campuses offering diesel training.

Every year, the scholarship is awarded to an individual seeking a career as a professional automotive, diesel or collision repair technician and since 2006, nine students have been awarded this scholarship.

Out of 123 applicants, Larson was chosen because of his willingness to learn and for his passion of the automotive industry. Larson will start at UTI in Lisle, Ill. in September.

“There were so many amazing applicants this year,” said Anderson. “Alex was chosen because he really stood out to me. I could tell just by looking at him that he had a passion and drive for learning anything and everything he could about the automotive industry including a passion for Monster Jam. It’s people like him that I would be honored to help work on my Monster Jam truck. Congratulations and best of luck to Alex!”

Dennis Anderson, Monster Trucks

“We are thrilled to welcome Alex to one of our campuses,” says Kim McWaters, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Technical Institute. “Because the industries we serve are facing a significant shortage of skilled technicians, there is an urgent need to train students for careers in the transportation industry. We’re proud to work with Dennis Anderson to offer the Grave Digger scholarship and help Alex begin the career of his dreams.”

 Alex is the son of Jim and Carrie Larson.

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