Association of Diesel Specialists

The Association of Diesel Specialists is the worldwide diesel industry’s leading trade association, dedicated to the highest level of service on diesel fuel injection and related systems. A.D.S. has over 700 corporate and individual members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and more than 57 other countries.

The Association of Diesel Specialists Ortner Scholarship Program
In 1995, the Association of Diesel Specialists and the Ortner Foundation’s trustees approved the Ortner Scholarship Program. The scholarships, administered by the ADS Technical Education Committee, seek to recruit new students into diesel training programs at ADS Technical Training Members Institutions. A total of 10 scholarships are offered each year, and are available to first-year students as well as to second-year students.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled as a first or second year student at an ADS member school.
  • Submit an application and transcripts of prior education experience for review by the Technical Education Committee.
  • Be endorsed by an ADS member instructor or a current ADS member
    • Applicants: Be sure to include the ADS instructor or ADS member company endorsing you under the “INDUSTRY CONNECTION INFORMATION” portion of the application. Please contact ADS headquarters at 816.285.0810 or , if you need assistance confirming current ADS instructors or member companies.

Other Information:

  • Scholarships are limited to no more than $1,000 or one-half the annual tuition of the school attended, whichever is less. 
  • No more than three scholarships will be awarded to students attending the same school, unless scholarship funds are not fully allotted for the time period requested. 
  • Selected students and their sponsors will be recognized in the association’s newsletter, Nozzle Chatter. 
  • The Technical Education Committee may use all or a portion of the funds allotted to this program, based upon the number of applications and the desirability of such applicants as they apply to the intentions of the program

ADS Technical Training Members Schools:

A listing of all the ADS Technical Training Member Schools can be found at or by calling ADS Headquarters at 816.285.0810

ADS awarded 7 scholarships in 2023

Contact Information:
Scott Parker, CEO
 Association of Diesel Specialists
7250 Heritage Village Plaza Suite 201
Gainesville, VA  20155
Tel. 816.285.0810 Fax. 703.753.2445

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