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ADS/Ortner Foundation

The Association of Diesel Specialists / Henry and Esther Ortner Educational Foundation was established in 1994 following receipt of a gift from the estate of the late Mrs. Esther Ortner. Mrs. Ortner was the widow of Henry Ortner Jr., the first ADS Technical Director. The ADS/Ortner Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.

The Foundation’s purpose is to benefit educational programs for ADS, and for the diesel fuel injection and diesel industries. Expenditures by the ADS/Ortner Foundation are made exclusively from investment income. As mandated in its bylaws, neither the Foundation’s governing Board of Trustees nor any officer has authority to expend its principal in whole or in part.

All contributions to the Association of Diesel Specialists/Henry and Esther Ortner Educational Foundation are tax-deductible.


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 sponsored by an ADS member instructor or a current ADS member

Additional 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.


To apply for an ADS/Ortner Foundation scholarship, please visit the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship Web site at

Note: In the Sponsorship Information section, please check the ADS check box. This will ensure your application is considered by ADS. Also, more than one box may be checked.

Donate to the Ortner Foundation

One of the most challenging problems fuel injection shops face today is to locate, hire, and train qualified technicians. We encourage you to invest in the future of the diesel industry by making a tax-deductible donation to the Association of Diesel Specialists / Henry and Esther Ortner Educational Foundation. Help us seek and recruit new students into diesel training programs.


Ortner Foundation Donation Form - Printable Version