GAAS Scholarship Fund Announces Michael Busch Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipients

For Immediate Use
June 9, 2011
GAAS PR 07-11

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Margaret Beck, AASA

GAAS Scholarship Fund Announces Michael Busch Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipients
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), in collaboration with the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship (GAAS) Fund, announced today the two recipients of $1,000 Michael Busch Memorial Fund scholarships.

Recipients for the 2011 scholarships are:
  • Donavan Dudas, North Branch, Mich.
  • Kevin Schmidt, Batesville, Ind.
“We are pleased to support the future of the automotive service industry through the generous scholarship program established to honor the memory of Michael,” said Bill Kersten, NATEF president. “We congratulate this year’s winners and wish them the best in their careers.”

“The partnership with the Michael Busch Memorial Fund has enabled the GAAS scholarships to help even more students pursue their dream of starting a successful career in the automotive aftermarket,” said Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Selection Committee.

The Michael Busch Memorial Scholarship fund was created in memory of the son of former collision shop owner and ASE board member Jim Busch, who operated a business in Issaquah, Wash., until his retirement. Michael was an automotive technology student who tragically lost his battle with cancer. Each recipient of the Michael Busch scholarship receives $1,000 to be used toward their automotive education.

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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.

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