The remaining $20,000 donation will support UTIF's Women's Technical "Strong Start" Awards campaign, which leverages Ryder's commitment to women entering the auto/diesel field by earmarking its contribution to provide Strong Start awards specifically to female applicants committed to obtaining their technical auto/diesel degree from a UTI campus. For students with great financial need, the Strong Start awards assist them in closing the gap between what they have saved and what they need for a Strong Start in their technical education. Typically, students need between $1,500 and $3,000 cash saved in order to relocate, put down housing and utility deposits, first month's rent, and have enough living expenses for the first 30 to 60 days of school while they work to secure their part-time job."Ryder's support of technician education, and particularly women in this field, is so greatly needed and appreciated," shared Jennifer Maher, CEO/Executive Director of UTIF. "Currently only 3% of our students are female, and yet with the industry's great workforce demand, there are enormous opportunities for women to thrive in the transportation industry. Ryder's commitment to women, veterans and technical education is exemplary." To find search for open diesel technician positions at Ryder, click here. Or, to match your military skills to open positions at Ryder, visit http://ryder-veterans.jobs/. Ryder Charitable Foundation Established in 1984, the Ryder Charitable Foundation demonstrates community and industry leadership and inspires trust by supporting causes that address needs in communities where Ryder does business in the United States. The Foundation proactively solicits proposals from and awards grants solely to IRS certified, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose goals align with Ryder's core values in four strategic pillars - Expertise, Innovation, Safety, and Collaboration. The Foundation is funded by operating profits of Ryder System, Inc., (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions. About Universal Technical Institute Foundation Universal Technical Institute Foundation is an independent, A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that encourages and supports students pursuing post-secondary technical education and careers in the transportation industry. The Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors. For more information visit www.utifoundation.net.