GAAS Scholarships -- Support the Industry's Future
In 2014 we received 607 complete scholarship applications.
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.
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.