Chairman's Welcome

GAAS Scholarships -- Support the Industry's Future


In 2014 we received 607 complete scholarship applications. 

As of June 1, 2014, GAAS, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, the Women's Board, and a number of other donors and organizations have made 239 awards for $268,500.  Most of the recipients are training to become technicians in automotive, collision or diesel/heavy duty fields.  Another 10 organizations are still finalizing their selections, so it appears 2014 will set the record for awards.

You can see the 250 2013 recipients and recipients from prior years on the "Scholarship Alumni" page of this site. The 2013 awards total $264,050. 

These scholarships will help students get their automotive careers started on the right track. 

In the fifteen years of the GAAS program, more than 1,800 students have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1,800,000.

Applications for 2015 scholarships may be made online on this website, from September, 2014 through March 31, 2015.

Your application will be reviewed by each organization where you meet their qualifications.  A full list of scholarships is on the home page, and there is a page for each organization with details of their eligibility requirements and awards.  Please read all of these organization pages so that you can include information each organization requires.  Make sure you qualify for as many awards as possible.   

A separate application for Canadian students is available from the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada.  They can also be contacted via phone at 613-728-5821.

The GAAS scholarships are funded through proceeds from the annual Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium and other contributions. Learn more about the Symposium in the “About the Symposium” section of this site. The Symposium’s two-day program brings together numerous industry executives and examines the issues and trends affecting the automotive aftermarket industry and influencing its future. GAAS has become the aftermarket's premier educational conference. The 2014 GAAS Symposium will be held May 20-21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation scholarships are funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. 

You may contact me for further information.

Pete Kornafel