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About the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium 

Started in 1996, the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium has quickly established itself as the leading educational event in the automotive aftermarket. This annual two-day event gathers industry leaders to hear strategic presentations about the future of the aftermarket.

All of the net proceeds of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium are used to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket. Since the program began, more than 1,900 GAAS scholarships have been awarded., and more than 600 additional awards have been made by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and other collaborating organizations. 

While all students are encouraged to apply, first priority in awarding scholarships is given to those pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket, and second priority is given to sons and daughters of industry families.

Students who receive a GAAS or UAF scholarship and begin a career as an automotive aftermarket technician are eligible for a matching grant upon graduation from their program and after completing six months of employment in the automotive aftermarket. 

GAAS Scholarship Eligibility