Kevin Samuel – Work Ethic Scholarship Recipient
There are two things that 19 year-old Kevin Samuel is really passionate about: cars and reptiles. His interest in reptiles grew from all of the indigenous lizards he encountered in his home state of Nevada. His interest in cars came from an automotive class his junior year at Coronado High School (Henderson, Nevada).
“I enjoyed what I learned in my automotive classes so I wanted to pursue it.”
After graduating high school last year, Kevin immediately enrolled in Universal Technical Institute to study Automotive and Diesel Technology. This meant moving to Arizona and away from his parents for the first time in his life.
“In all honesty, it was tough. The hardest part was not knowing anyone, but I adapted.”
It only took a week for Kevin to realize he wasn’t the only one who was away from home for the first time. Soon he had made new friends from all over the country.
Kevin made a friend from Texas that changed his perspective on where he might want to live one day. Kevin has always considered himself a city boy, but his new friend made him pine for farmland and a simpler lifestyle away from city lights.
Kevin looked through the UTI website for scholarship opportunities and found the Work Ethic Scholarship Program.
“As I looked into it more, I realized that they were looking for applicants that fit the attitude and work ethic that I possess. To this day, I am very happy to be a recipient of the scholarship.”
Kevin plans to graduate UTI next year as an Automotive and Diesel Technician with Ford Accelerated Credential Training. Afterwards, he’s not sure if he’ll move back to Nevada or go somewhere else – Texas maybe. Wherever Kevin winds up, he’ll have a skilled trade that he can use anywhere – and he’ll also have Junior and Pacco, his two Bearded Dragons.