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  • About
  • Categories
  • Prizes
  • Eligibility
  • Meet the Winners



About the Awards

At TechForce, we’re proud of the student community of future transportation techs! That's why we're honoring student technicians with the 2021 FutureTechs Rock Awards who:

  • Are full of passion and grit,
  • Exhibit true excellence in their education and training and
  • Are driving the future of our industry!

Congratulations to the the 2021 FutureTechs Rock Grand Prize Winner, Runner-up and Category Winners!

Meet the 10 technician students and discover why they were Awarded at the link below:

Meet the Winners →

Important Dates to Remember:

Nominations Open 
April 6, 2021

Nomination Deadline 
April 20, 2021, at 4 PM PT

Finalists Announced & Online Grand Prize Voting Period
Voting starts May 3, 2021 at 11:30 AM EDT/ 8:30 AM PDT

Voting ends May 7, 2021 at 2 PM EDT/ 11 AM PDT

Grand Prize Winner Announced
May 11, 2021


Award Categories

Welding and CNC. The icon for this category features a white welding torch and mask within a blue circle over the words
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Finalists (Category Winners)

Each Finalist – selected by a panel of industry experts – will receive prizes valued over $1,200 from TechForce partners, WD-40 prizes, a giftcard & tools from AutoZone, Ford Professional tools & other prizes, training & ASE study guides from Cengage Learning, training & other gifts from Advance Auto Parts, Headphones from FedEx Freight and products from CRC Industries!


Grand Prize Winner

One Grand Prize Winner – chosen by popular vote – will receive a $1,000 TechForce Foundation scholarship and additional prizes valued over $1,500 from TechForce sponsors, including additional training and prizes from Advance Auto Parts, a Smart Parts Washer from CRC Industries, a gift card from AutoZone and an iPad Air from Ford Motor Company!


Nomination Eligibility and Requirements

Nominees must display passion and hard work for becoming a future professional technician. Nominees shall exhibit exemplary character, be making a positive impact in their school and/or community, and have concrete examples of how they exceed expectations in their technical education program.

To nominate a student colleague or peer, please offer details on your candidate in the nomination form at the link below. Nominations close on April 20, 2021, at 4 PM PT/ 7 PM ET.

1.) Nominees must be 18 years or older to enter or 16+ with parental permission.

2.) Nominees must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status with proof of current Employment Authorization Document

3.) Nominees must be at least a current, active student, enrolled in a transportation technology curriculum, who:

a.) has completed, at a minimum their sophomore year of high school, and

b.) is currently enrolled as at least a Junior or Senior in high school, or actively enrolled in a post-secondary technical education program.

4.) Nominees MUST be a student at the time of nomination, and must continue to meet all nomination criteria through the date Grand Prize Winner is announced (May 11, 2021).

a.) Students who graduate on or before May 11, 2021 are not eligible for nomination;

b.) Students on a leave of absence or waiting to start/in between school enrollment are not eligible for nomination.

c.) Any student, nominee, or honoree who misrepresents any portion of their nomination acceptance, including Parental Consent and nominee’s ability to meet nomination criteria, or any nominee for which a parent, guardian, nominator, or instructor knowingly misrepresents the nominee’s ability to meet nomination criteria shall be immediately disqualified, and/or have all awarded titles and prizes revoked.

5.) Once nominated, each nominee will receive a Nomination Acceptance email. Nominees must confirm and accept the nomination via the short survey in the email, before the acceptance deadline of April 23, 2021, at 7 PM EDT/ 4 PM PDT. Failure to submit this information by the deadline will result in nominee’s disqualification.

6.) Upon nomination acceptance, if nominee is under the age of 18, nominees’ parent or guardian will receive an email to confirm their Consent for nominee’s participation in the FutureTechs Rock Awards. The Acceptance, and Consent where necessary, must be provided by a parent or guardian by April 23, 2021, at 4 PM PT/ 7 PM ET. Failure to submit this information by the deadline will result in nominee’s disqualification.

7.) Nominations must be submitted through the online nomination form. Nominations submitted via any other means, after the nomination deadline, or for a nominee who otherwise does not meet nomination criteria will not be considered.

8.) An individual may nominate any individual nominee only once.

9.) Only one individual is permitted to be nominated per each nomination submission. Individuals are permitted to submit multiple nomination submissions.

10.) Each essay question should be answered in complete sentences.

11.) Chosen honorees must be willing to have their name and photo published in a digital and print marketing campaign announcing the winners.

12.) Honorees will also be asked to submit a photograph and participate in a Q&A-style interview with our editorial team, before finalists are announced and public voting begins (May 3, 2021); failure to make time to complete these assets will also result in disqualification from the program.

Click here to read the full program terms and conditions.