Multi Parts Supply Collaborates with Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium on Industry Scholarships

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Multi Parts Supply (MPS®), a multi-national auto parts supplier and supply chain management organization to the co-manufacturer market, will provide one $2,500 scholarship per year for the next four years, for a total of $10,000 in scholarship funds.

“We are pleased to be partnering with GAAS on this important industry endeavor. We hope our scholarship will provide much needed assistance to students planning automotive aftermarket careers,” said Ira Davis, vice president, supply chain management and marketing, MPS®.

“We are very proud to have Multi Parts Supply as another collaborating organization. Their contribution further enhances the value offered by the GAAS scholarship program as a ‘one stop shop’ for automotive scholarships,” said Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Selection Committee.

In order to qualify for the scholarship an applicant must be:

  • Enrolled in a full-time, 4 year college-level program such as engineering, manufacturing, marketing and business (graduate programs do not qualify).
  • Planning a career in the Automotive Aftermarket
  • Focused in one or more of the following disciplines: manufacturing, marketing, project management, supply chain management, customer relations, IT, finance, logistics and general management. Special consideration will be given to students seeking a career in international business.

Qualified applicants may have the opportunity for an internship with MPS®, and potentially, a full time position.

Applicants at the automotive scholarships’ Web site,, who meet the criteria, will now be placed in consideration for one $2,500 MPS® International Aftermarket Scholarship Fund award to be presented in 2011.

In addition to MPS®, GAAS collaborates with these state associations and other automotive groups:

  • Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)
  • Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT)
  • Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS)
  • Automotive Parts & Services Association (APSA)
  • Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois (APSA of IL)
  • California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA)
  • Kentucky / Indiana Automotive Wholesalers Association (KIAWA)
  • Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA)
  • New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association (NYSAAA)
  • Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association (OVAAA)
  • Wisconsin Automotive Part Association (WAPA)
  • Women's Car Care Council (WB)

In 2010, a total of 94 students – 86 in the United States and 8 in Canada – were awarded scholarships by the GAAS scholarship fund and its contributors. Another 61 awards were made by other groups collaborating with GAAS. 19 students received multiple awards. Individual scholarships ranged from $250 to $3,000. In its 15-year history, the fund has presented more than $1.5 million in awards to more than 1,500 students.

Applications are now being accepted online for the 2011 GAAS scholarship, awarded to students planning automotive aftermarket careers. The electronic application is available at The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 31, 2011.

About the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium

The annual two-day Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium brings together industry leaders and experts to examine the issues and trends affecting the automotive aftermarket and influencing its future. GAAS 2011 will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 - 19, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago. For more information, visit

About the GAAS Scholarship Program

The GAAS program is a joint professional education effort of the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada, Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA), Automotive Service Association (ASA), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Tire Industry Association (TIA) and University of the Aftermarket.