The Global Automotive Aftermarket
Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship committee reminds the industry that scholarship
funds are still available to students pursuing a career in the aftermarket.
Industry members with sons or daughters in need of financial assistance to
support their aftermarket education efforts are encouraged to have their
children apply now.
In 2011, 154 Students received a total
of 177 scholarships via the GAAS Scholarship program. The aggregate amount
awarded was $176,500. Twenty-two students received multiple awards and one
student received three awards.
"I encourage everyone in the
aftermarket to have their sons and daughters who are attending or entering a full-time
university, college or ASE/NATEF-certified vocational training program to apply
for a scholarship from GAAS and its collaborating organizations," said
Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship committee. "All full-time
students who plan a career in the aftermarket qualify for GAAS scholarships.
Technician Students also qualify for Michael Busch, Mitchell1, University of
the Aftermarket Foundation and Women's Board awards."
Professional students majoring in
four-year business, marketing, accounting or engineering programs also qualify
for Breslow Foundation, LDN, McCurdy, and MultiParts awards, Kornafel added.
Residents of almost 40 states qualify for an award from one of the 10 regional
automotive aftermarket associations. Second-year technician students in
Minnesota qualify for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota
Each application is reviewed by every
organization where that applicant meets their qualifications. In 2011, 18
students received multiple awards from their one application.
Details of each available award and
online applications are at www.automotivescholarships.com for students attending schools in the U.S. Canadian students apply at http://www.aiacanada.com/scholarships.cfm.
The deadline for U.S. applications is March 31, and
the deadline for Canadian applications is June 15.