Chairman's Welcome

by: pete kornafel

Automotive Scholarships -- Support the Industry's Future

 In 2016 we received 563 complete scholarship applications. 
2016 set a new record in the scholarships awarded through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships, University of the Aftermarket (UAF) scholarships and more than 30 collaborating organizations and donors who use the website.  In total there were 350 awards for $430,500.  This year’s recipients include 282 U.S. students and 7 Canadian students. 53 students received multiple awards from their one scholarship application, including 45 who received 2 awards and 8 who received 3 awards. 

The academics of these recipients are outstanding, 84% of those recipients whose high school transcripts included grade point averages had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  77% of those recipients whose high school transcripts included a class rank were in top half of their class.  52% of the recipients are already enrolled in college or vocational programs, and 88% of those have post-secondary GPAs of 3.0 or higher.  There were also five scholarships awarded to students with GPAs under 2.5 and special needs.


Perhaps most important to the automotive aftermarket’s future, 77% of the U.S. recipients are training to become technicians.


By completing a single application at the website, students can be considered for multiple scholarships.


The largest award was a new Car Care Council Women's Board $10,0000 scholarship, awarded to a technician student attending college in Texas.


We will accept on-line applications for the 2017 scholarships through March 31, 2017.  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 twenty years of the GAAS program and seven years for this website, more than 2,500 students have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $2.5 million.

Each application will be reviewed by every organization where the student meets their qualifications.  Links to all organizations and donors are on the home page, and each goes to a page with details of their awards and eligibility requirements.  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.  We are grateful for awards from many additional donors and collaborating automotive organizations.

You may contact me for further information.
Pete Kornafel