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Mitchell 1 Names 2022 Auto Tech Outstanding Student

Daniel Zielinski will receive a $2,500 scholarship for his accomplishments.


Daniel Zielinski from Addison, Illinois, has been named the 2022 Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student. Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one U.S. or Canadian student for outstanding achievement in automotive technology and auto shop repair scholastics. Zielinski will receive a $2,500 scholarship for his accomplishments. The scholarship program is administered through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.


“Mitchell 1 is proud to recognize Daniel Zielinski for his outstanding achievements and dedication to pursuing a career as a professional service technician,” said Nick DiVerde, senior marketing director, Mitchell 1. “We know he will achieve his goals and have a very successful career in the auto care industry.”

As a recent high school graduate, Zielinski will attend the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in the fall of 2022 where he is enrolled in the automotive service technology program. After completing his studies, he plans to work as an automotive service technician with the hope of owning an auto repair shop in the future. 


During high school, Zielinski qualified for SkillsUSA in 2021 and 2022, and also won second place in the Top Tech competition at Universal Technical Institute (UTI). In addition, he earned several ASE Certifications, including suspension and steering, manual drivetrain and axles, maintenance and light repair, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, engine performance, electrical/electronic systems, brakes, automobile service technology, and automatic transmission and transaxle. 

To be eligible for the Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student scholarship, applicants must be a current student majoring in automotive technology/auto shop repair course work and meet the following criteria: be nominated by his/her NACAT instructor, maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA, have plans to attend (or already be enrolled in) an accredited college or university and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.



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