MTECH Offers Scholarship as Rodeo Raffle Prize | News, Sports, Jobs

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Alice Giatras and Evan Rosencrantz attending the Oakley Rodeo at Oakley on July 4, 2022.

Alice Giatras didn’t expect to win when she entered her name in a draw at the Oakley Rodeo on July 4.

“I was like” okay, might as well enter myself because why not? What’s the worst that can happen? “, Did she say. “I didn’t expect to get the scholarship.”

After entering the raffle with low expectations and high hopes, Giatras won free tuition to attend Mountainland Technical College in Orem.

MTECH offers more than 50 programs to prepare students for careers in healthcare, automotive, technology, manufacturing, and more.

According to Maile Richardson, MTECH’s senior director of communications and student success, school officials had not planned to hold the raffle. They were approached by an Oakley Rodeo committee member who offered to sponsor a student’s education at the school with rodeo funds.

“We were proud to support our community at Oakley…it was kind of a last minute thing that we were really excited to start together,” Richardson said.

Giatras didn’t hear her name called when the raffle winner was announced at the rodeo, so she was shocked when a representative from MTECH called her later to inform her that she had won the full scholarship.

“It was kind of crazy because I had never won anything before,” she said.

Giatras will start in the Diesel Technology program at MTECH in August. She had previously taken classes at MTECH while in high school and considered going back to school before earning free tuition.

“I was going to go to UVU and take their diesel mechanics program,” she said. “Then I got this scholarship and I was like ‘well, I guess I’m going back to MTECH. “”

Giatras first entered the world of diesel mechanics in 2018 when she joined the Utah National Guard. While she was unsure of the field at first, she soon realized that she had found her passion.

“I learned to love it and I want to open my own shop one day,” she said.

As a woman working in a male-dominated field, Giatras has been overwhelmed with the influx of support from the Oakley community as well as MTECH as she prepares to take the next steps in her career as a diesel mechanic.

“It’s really great to know that there are people who support women in this difficult environment and are willing to give money to a student to continue their education,” said Giatras.


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