For Immediate Use
May 20, 2011
GAAS PR 04-11

Media contact:
Margaret Beck, AASA

GAAS Scholarship Presents 87 Awards for 2011: Challenge Issued at Symposium To Match Scholarship Fund Donations

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship Committee announced today the initial presentation of 87 awards to U.S. students.

“We had a record number of outstanding applicants this year, and our scholarship committees reviewed approximately 523 applications,” said Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Selection Committee. “This first round of awards is going to 86 students – one student received two scholarships,” he added.

“We are able to present this number of scholarships thanks to funding from the annual Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium and generous donations from supporters,” Kornafel noted.

He also renewed his industry challenge: Kornafel and his wife, Annie, will match 100 percent of each donation to the GAAS Scholarship Fund received before Thursday, June 30, up to $15,000 in total. Each donation of $1,000 or more will receive a 2011 scholarship named in that person’s honor.

Several state associations and other organizations also use the online application process through the GAAS scholarship Web site,, and a group of Canadian student applications are in review. The final tally of students receiving scholarships will increase throughout the next few months.

“The total scholarship applicant class of 2011 includes the strongest candidates we have ever received. Selecting just 86 candidates for these awards was a very difficult choice from a field of 523 applications,” said Kornafel. “That is why Annie and I have issued our challenge again this year, to urge all aftermarket partners to support the GAAS Scholarship Fund and help more talented students further their education.”

Contributions can be made to the GAAS Scholarship Fund, c/o Susan Medick at AAIA, at 301-654-6664 or

For 2011, the first round includes awards made by: Automotive Communication Council Breslow Foundation Gates Corp. Larry McCurdy Memorial Fund Leadership Development Network Michael Busch Memorial Fund Multi Parts Supply R.L. Polk Standard Motor Products University of Aftermarket Foundation Women’s Car Care Council The list of the 2011 scholarship winners will be available soon at the GAAS scholarship Web site,

Additional scholarship will be presented through collaborative efforts with these associations: 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) Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) 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)

Each of these other collaborating groups has their own criteria and selects their own recipients for their scholarships.

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. Details are available at

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.