Larry Cotten Memorial – NACAT

The Larry Cotten Memorial Scholarship is offered by the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student training to become a collision repair technician. 

The scholarship applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must either be a graduating high school senior or have graduated from high school.
  • Applicant must submit a letter of reference from his/her instructor.
  • Applicant must have a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a full time post-secondary collision repair program.
  • Applicant must complete the scholarship application. All school transcripts including high school and post-secondary (if applicable) must be submitted with the application. 
  • Applicant must submit a 250-word essay, on why the student believes they deserve to be the scholarship recipient, with the application.

We respectfully request that the winning applicant be able to create a short (60 second) “thank you” video upon the award’s receipt. This video will be used in Foundation marketing and shown at the annual NACAT awards banquet during the year in which the award was granted.

Contact Information:

James Curry

NACAT Education Foundation

PO Box 80010

Charleston, SC 29416

Phone: 843-556-7068



About Larry Cotten:

The Larry Cotten Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of North American Council of Automotive Teachers charter member and former President, Larry Cotten. Larry was dedicated to the advancement of technical training. In 1982 he took a year leave from teaching to work for the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).  


Larry tragically passed away in a 2005 accident. His wife and family established the Larry Cotten Memorial Scholarship to help pass Larry’s passion into the next generation of collision repair technicians. The recipient of the Larry Cotten Memorial Scholarship receives $1500 to be used toward their automotive education.


About the NACAT Education Foundation:


NACAT Education Foundation is the North American Council of Automotive Teachers Education Foundation. Created in 1994, the NACAT Education Foundation’s purpose is to provide scholarships and grants primarily for the improvement of automotive education, to teachers, schools, and students of automotive and related technologies. See for additional information.

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