Thirty Students Receive GAAS Scholarships Through Grants from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation

For Immediate Use
June 8, 2011
GAAS PR 13-11

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Margaret Beck, AASA

Thirty Students Receive GAAS Scholarships through Grants from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Thanks to a grant from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, 38 students pursuing automotive aftermarket careers will receive Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships.

“The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is proud to provide grants to these worthy recipients of the GAAS scholarships this year,” said Rusty Bishop, chief executive officer of Federated Auto Parts Distributors and chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “These students represent the future of the automotive aftermarket, and we are pleased to assist them in the pursuit of their careers.”

These students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to advance their education, either at two-year vocational / technical colleges or four-year colleges and universities. This year’s recipients are:
  • Michael Adamczyk, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
  • Kaleb Bain, Cement, Okla.
  • Derek Benefield, Marianna, Fla.
  • Ashley Betzel, Havre, Mont.
  • Phillip Cook, Chester, Pa.
  • Alexander Elia, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Tanner Ewell, Huntington, Utah
  • Garrett Felipe, Camas, Wash.
  • Timothy Fresnilla, Greeley, Colo.
  • Joshua Greenplate, Red Lion, Pa.
  • Kristopher Kavar, Boswell, Pa.
  • Taylor Kokes, Crook, Colo.
  • Benjamin Kolasa, Vadnais Heights, Minn.
  • Cody Kruse, Mountain Home, Texas
  • Shenice McDaniel, Spokane, Wash.
  • Kayla McGinnis, La Jara, Colo.
  • Luke Meuchel, Darby, Mont.
  • Amy Mowry, Burlington, Mich.
  • Ryan O'Dette, Quinnesec, Mich.
  • Anthony Ordway, Alfred Station, N.Y.
  • Lucas Pryer, Jasper, Mo.
  • Jeremy Raney, Kearney, Mo.
  • Daniella Rea, Camden, N.J.
  • Clayton Rich, Ogden, Utah
  • John Stanton, Greenville, Ill.
  • Mikel Summers, Beatrice, Neb.
  • Sam Swithers, Maple Park, Ill.
  • Anne Veseth, Moscow, Idaho
  • Chambers Watkins-Blackshear, San Diego, Calif.
  • Thoran Willis, Bartlesville, Okla.
For more information on the GAAS scholarship program, visit
About the University of the Aftermarket Foundation
Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (formerly the AWDA University Foundation) has provided funding for aftermarket educational programs and research. Through its grant program, the Foundation and its donors ensure that education has a positive, stabilizing influence on the future of the aftermarket. The Foundation reached a milestone during the fourth quarter of 2006 by surpassing $5 million in donations during its ongoing endowment campaign. For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, call (816) 584-0511.

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.

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