David Moreno 2014 mrWF/UTI Scholarship Winner
David Moreno, 18, of Upland, is in the Ford FACT (Ford Accelerated Credential Training) program auto shop, at the Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The Upland High senior was selected to receive a full tuition scholarship to the Automotive Technology program at UTI’s Rancho Cucamonga campus to pursue his passion for a career in the transportation industry. (Photo by James Carbone for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
By Liset Marquez
RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> David Moreno has always been a bit reserved and to himself. But the 18-year-old has always found comfort in fixing cars.
When the opportunity to get a full-ride scholarship to Universal Technical Institute hinged on recording a video for a national competition stating why he deserved to win, Moreno was out of his comfort zone.
“I wasn’t too fond of the video. But I sucked it up and did it,” said Moreno recently while visiting the Rancho Cucamonga campus.
It paid off. Moreno, an Upland High senior, will receive a $33,000 full-tuition scholarship to enroll at Universal Technical Institute’s automotive technology program at the Rancho Cucamonga campus to pursue his passion for a career in the transportation industry
The scholarship was offered by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and UTI to students across the nation.
Over the summer, Moreno pre-enrolled in the Automotive Technology and Ford FACT programs at the Rancho Cucamonga campus. It was then the admissions counselor at UTI informed him about the scholarship opportunity.
At the encouragement of his mother, Shawna Moreno-Coroson, he recorded a video sharing his lifelong passion for working on cars.
But his chances at winning looked a little grim at first. Moreno was initially behind in the standings because he didn’t realize until a day later that voting had opened to the public.
He started off in 30th place and then jumped up to 29th place. Moreno went back and forth in the standings a couple of times but each time there was movement, his mother was on her computer or phone trying to garner more votes.
“The votes were the hardest part. I kept going back and forth between spots,” Moreno said.
His mother said she doesn’t think she ate a full meal during the voting period, spending all her free time sending messages asking friends of friends to vote for her son.
“Our friends came through in such a huge way,” she said.
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