by: Pete Kornafel

July 1, 2012

Media contact:

Margaret Beck, AASA



Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association

Announces 2012-2012 Scholarship Winner


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association (OVAAA) has awarded its $1,000 scholarship award to Conner Kavanagh of Richwood, Ohio. 


Kavanagh plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to major in automotive and diesel technology. He also received a $1,000 award from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.


Applicants for the 2012-2013 OVAAA awards were taken through the automotive scholarships’ Web site,


“The Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association is happy to assist Conner in his education,” said Gary Murdock, president of OVAAA. “We are pleased to be a part of this effort to invest in our industry’s future.”


“OVAAA scholars are typical of the outstanding applications we received this year,” said Pete Kornafel, chairman of the GAAS Scholarship Committee. “Through the efforts of OVAAA and other regional associations, along with the supporters of the GAAS scholarship fund, we are able to assist these students pursuing their dreams of an automotive aftermarket career.”


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

·         Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN)

·         Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)

·         Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Carolinas and Tennessee (AAACT)

·         Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS)

·         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)

Wisconsin Automotive Part Association (WAPA)


The following foundations and organizations also collaborate with GAAS to award scholarships:

·         Automotive Communication Council

·         Breslow Foundation

·         Gates Corporation

·         Larry McCurdy Memorial Fund

·         Leadership Development Network

·         Michael Busch Memorial Fund

·         Mitchell 1

·         Multi Parts Supply

·         Polk

·         Standard Motor Products

·         Stant Corporation

·         Women’s Car Care Council (WB)


Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions from individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions can be made to the GAAS Scholarship Fund, c/o Susan Medick at AAIA, at 301-654-6664, or

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. Polk is the corporate sponsor of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium. The event is made possible through the generous support of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.