South Georgia Tech commemorates Erica Scannavino’s memory with the establishment of an automotive scholarship

    New Scholarship at South Georgia Tech Gives Automotive Students a Path to Success

    Published 4:02 pm Thursday, November 16, 2023

    In a move that is set to change the lives of aspiring automotive technicians, Bud and Mary Scannavino of Kennesaw, GA, have established the Erica Scannavino Skilled Trades Scholarship at South Georgia Technical College. This scholarship, which will be open to students in the Automotive Technology, Auto Collision and Repair Technology, and High Performance Engines Motorsports programs, aims to honor the memory of their daughter, Erica Scannavino, who passed away in 2017.

    Erica Scannavino was known for her passion for helping others through volunteering, and this scholarship will now allow her legacy to live on. The funds from the scholarship will support students who are enrolled in the automotive programs at South Georgia Tech and are dedicated to pursuing a career in this field.

    Erica’s father, Bud Scannavino, himself a Certified Master Automotive Technician, understands the value of a skilled trades education and the opportunities it can provide. After high school, he immersed himself in the automotive mechanics trade and eventually became an entrepreneur, owning his own repair shop. Bud’s daughter admired his work ethic and skills, which further fueled her interest in the automotive industry.

    The Erica Scannavino Skilled Trades Scholarship will be awarded to students in the designated automotive programs who have achieved a 2.5 grade point average or higher and have completed at least 50% of their program. Additionally, applicants must have earned their high school diploma or GED. The scholarships, with a value of up to $500 per student per semester, will cover education-related expenses not covered by other grants or scholarships.

    South Georgia Technical College and the South Georgia Technical College Foundation express their gratitude to Bud and Mary Scannavino for their generous contribution. The partnership between the Scannavinos, the college, and the foundation allows for the honoring of Erica Scannavino’s memory while providing financial assistance to other students who share her passion for the automotive industry. The scholarships aim to support the dreams of young individuals seeking a rewarding education in a field that is highly sought after by businesses and communities.

    Spring Semester at South Georgia Technical College will witness at least 20 deserving students benefiting from the Erica Scannavino Skilled Trades Scholarship, thanks to the Scannavino family’s benevolence. This scholarship not only memorializes Erica Scannavino but also serves as a reminder of the impact one person can make on the lives of others.

    Giving in memory or honor of loved ones is another way individuals can contribute to supporting scholarships at South Georgia Technical College. Donations can be made to the South Georgia Technical College Foundation, and for more information on this or other scholarship opportunities, you can reach out to Su Ann Bird, the SGTC Foundation Executive Director, at or 229-931-2110.

    This scholarship initiative is a testament to the Scannavino family’s resilience and their desire to give back to the community. While their loss is deeply felt, their decision to help young adults achieve their dreams demonstrates their exceptional character and compassion.

    In conclusion, the Erica Scannavino Skilled Trades Scholarship is set to empower the next generation of automotive technicians and pay homage to the incredible legacy of Erica Scannavino. Through financial assistance and support, South Georgia Technical College aims to provide aspiring students with the tools they need to succeed in the automotive industry.

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