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For Immediate Use
August 4, 2011
GAAS PR 19-11

Media contact:
Margaret Beck, AASA
919-406-8828
media@mema.org

Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota 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 the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) 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, www.AutomotiveScholarships.com, will now be placed in consideration for AASP-MN awards to be presented in 2012.

“We are pleased to be partnering with GAAS on this important industry endeavor. The AASP-MN Scholarship Committee liked the idea that students could apply online once, and be considered for AASP-MN’s scholarships and a multitude of other industry scholarships, as well,” said Judell Anderson, CAE, AASP-MN executive director. 

“We are very proud to have Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota 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 AASP-MN Scholarship Program details can be found at www.AutomotiveScholarships.com/AASP-MN.

In addition to AASP-MN, 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)
  • 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)

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
  • Mitchell 1
  • 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 the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is an association of independently-owned automotive service businesses and industry suppliers dedicated to improving the state’s automotive service industry and the success of its members. About the AASP-MN Education Fund In 2011, AASP-MN awarded a record-breaking $20,000 in scholarships to students enrolled in post-secondary mechanical and collision repair programs in the state. Since its inception in 2003, the AASP-MN Education Fund has invested over $112,000 in automotive students and programs throughout the state.

About the AASP-MN Education Fund

In 2011, AASP-MN awarded a record-breaking $20,000 in scholarships to students enrolled in post-secondary mechanical and collision repair programs in the state. Since its inception in 2003, the AASP-MN Education Fund has invested over $112,000 in automotive students and programs throughout the state.

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 www.globalsymposium.org.

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.

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