Chairman's Welcome

GAAS Scholarships -- Support the Industry's Future

 

In 2014 we received 607 complete scholarship applications. 

The Class of 2014 set a new record in the scholarships awarded through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships, University of the Aftermarket (UAF) scholarships and collaborating organizations at the automotivescholarships.com website: 295 awards for a total of $320,050. The previous record set in 2013 was 250 awards for $264,050. This year’s recipients include 241 U.S. students and seven Canadian students.

 

The academics of these recipients are outstanding, Of those recipients who reported high school grade point averages (GPAs), 81 percent had GPAs of 3.0 and 47 percent had GPAs of 3.5 or higher. Of those recipients who reported high school class rank, 72 percent were in top half of their class.  49 percent of the applicants are already enrolled in post-secondary programs, and 83 percent of those have GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

 

Perhaps most important to the automotive aftermarket’s future, 83 percent of the U.S. recipients are training to become technicians.

 

By completing a single application at the automotivescholarships.com website, students can be considered for multiple scholarships. A total of 34 of the 2014 scholarship recipients received two awards and five recipients received three awards.

 

One outstanding applicant received a total of four awards and also achieved a first in the history of this scholarship program: the first-ever ‘father and son’ scholarship winners.  Matthew Bisbee, a U.S. Army veteran, is the four-award winner. He is currently enrolled in the collision training program at Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minn. Bisbee’s son, Courtney, also a scholarship winner, is enrolled in the automotive service technology program at Lake Superior College.

 

Sara Mohon, another multiple scholarship winner, received the largest total awards at $8,000, which includes a $5,000 award from the Car Care Council Women’s Board. She is a Ph.D. candidate in automotive engineering at Clemson University.

 

We are accepting on-line applications for the 2015 awards now, through March 31, 2015.  I urge all industry professionals to promote this one-stop site for students planning to pursue aftermarket careers. Scholarships are available for two-year technical college programs and vocational schools and four-year college programs.

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

In the fifteen years of the GAAS program, more than 1,900 students have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1,900,000.

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.  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