Eight Students Receive GAAS Scholarships Supported by Gates Corp.

For Immediate Use
May 25, 2011
GAAS PR 14-11

Media contact:
Margaret Beck, AASA

Eight Students Receive GAAS Scholarships
Supported by Gates Corp.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Thanks to the generous support of Gates Corp., eight students pursuing automotive aftermarket careers will receive Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships.

“Gates is proud to invest in our industry’s future and support these worthy recipients of the GAAS scholarships this year,” said Jeff Brekke, president, global automotive aftermarket, Gates Corp.

“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. “We are able to present these eight scholarships thanks to the generous support of Gates.”

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 of Gates-sponsored scholarships are:
  • Carl Boyd, Havertown, Pa.
  • Jason Callahan, Ogden, Utah
  • Brandon Day, Roy, Utah
  • Samantha Feldbauer, Springfield, Va.
  • John Geiger, Red Bluff, Calif.
  • Hayley Kincaid, Isom, Kent.
  • Cody Pringle, Deford, Mich.
  • Atanasio Torres, Portland, Ore.
For more information on the GAAS scholarship program, visit

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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