by: Pete Kornafel

For Immediate Use
August 2, 2011
GAAS PR 20-11

Media contact:
Margaret Beck, AASA

Mitchell 1 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 Mitchell 1 will be collaborating in creating an online scholarship resource for students planning to pursue careers in the automotive aftermarket.

Applicants at the automotive scholarships Web site,, will now be placed in consideration for a Mitchell 1 award to be presented in 2012.The winning student receives a $2,500 scholarship, a check for $500 and roundtrip airfare and accommodations for the winner and a guest to attend the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference.

“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 Karen Wagner, senior marketing manager, Mitchell 1.

“We are very proud to have Mitchell 1 join the GAAS scholarship program in creating this valuable resource for students, and promoting this investment in our industry’s future,” said Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Selection Committee.

Complete Mitchell 1 Scholarship Program details can be found at

In addition to Mitchell 1, GAAS collaborates with these state associations and other automotive groups:

  • Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT)
  • Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS)
  • Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)
  • Automotive Parts & Services Association (APSA)
  • Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois (APSA of IL)
  • Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN)
  • 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)

And, these foundations and organizations collaborate with GAAS to award scholarships:

  • Automotive Communication Council
  • Breslow Foundation
  • Michael Busch Memorial Fund
  • Gates Corporation
  • Leadership Development Network
  • Larry McCurdy Memorial Fund
  • Multi Parts Supply
  • R L Polk
  • Standard Motor Products
  • Women’s Car Care Council (WB)

GAAS recently presented 99 U.S. and will award 8 Canadian scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. In its 16-year history, the fund has presented more than $1.5 million in awards to more than 1,500 students.

About Mitchell 1:
Headquartered in Poway, Calif., Mitchell 1 has provided quality repair information solutions to the motor vehicle industry for over 90 years. The Mitchell 1 family of products includes a complete line of integrated auto, medium and heavy truck online repair information designed to improve productivity and profitability. Mitchell 1’s, along with Mitchell 1 Manager, now serves as the industry standard for innovative repair, estimating and management information. Mitchell 1’s marketing solutions provide shop owners with automated marketing and customer outreach tools to improve their bottom line profits. In addition, Mitchell 1 provides repair information to the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) market and transactional level data and insight to multiple industries that conduct business in the automotive marketplace. Mitchell 1 is a recipient of the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence award. For more information on Mitchell 1 products and services, visit the company’s website at

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. For more information, visit

About the GAAS Scholarship Program

The GAAS program is a joint professional education effort of the 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 Remanufacturers 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. R. L. Polk & Co. is the corporate sponsor of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium.