Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash Inc. recently awarded 143 employees in four states its 2015 academic scholarships toward the college or university of their choice. This year’s gifts totaled $166,000. Since its inception, the Autobell Scholarship Program has awarded over $925,000 in academic funds to employees.

The annual program is open to current Autobell employees who are graduating high school seniors or have received a high school diploma. Along with a completed application, candidates must submit references, an acceptance letter from an accredited college or university, and an essay that discusses an educational or creative aspect of their employment experience. The Autobell Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses the scholarship recipients.