Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium

Qualified applicants must be a graduating high school senior, or have graduated from high school or received a GED certificate.  There is no minimum GPA requirement for GAAS awards.

Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full time student in a 2 or 4 year college or an ASE/NATEF certified post secondary automotive, collision repair, or heavy duty program.

NATEF, the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, sets standards for automotive education programs, and ASE, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, certifies schools that meet the standards. Certified schools are listed at

Staff members of Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, sponsoring associations and their family members are not eligible. 

GAAS and UAF scholarships are restricted to students who plan a career in the automotive aftermarket.  Some of the other organizations do not have this restriction, so anyone may apply.

Students must completely fill out the scholarship application. All school transcripts including high school and post-secondary (if applicable) must be submitted with the application.

At least one letter of recommendation from a non-family member must be submitted with the application.

A 250-word essay on why the student believes they deserve to be a scholarship recipient must be submitted with the application.

Applications are made on line. Use the Apply On Line button below. Transcripts, reference letters and other documents may be scanned and attached to the on line application or sent to Jennifer Hollar at MEMA by mail, fax, or e-mail at the addresses on the application form. 

Almost 30 organizations award scholarships to students who apply on-line here.  Your complete application will automatically be submitted to every organization where you meet their requirements.  Please review each organization's page on this website, as some organizations have additional requirements such as reference letters from one of their members or your automotive teacher 

Canadian applicants, please review application procedures and application for at:

08 / 27 / 2014

GAAS, UAF, donors, sponsors and other organizations granted a record 289 scholarships in 2014 ...more

08 / 04 / 2014

John and Kathy Albano award 5 2014 Scholarships ...more

08 / 01 / 2014

GAAS and UAF Donors Award Seven Scholarships ...more

06 / 09 / 2014

Auto Care Association Awards 10 Telematics Scholarships in 2014. ...more

06 / 05 / 2014

2 Students selected for Don Bethune and Gerald Bugenhagen Memorial Scholarships. ...more

09 / 30 / 2013

Applications accepted on-line now through March 31, 2014 for automotive scholarships ...more

09 / 30 / 2013

A majority of 2013 GAAS scholarship recipients have GPAs of 3.0 or higher. ...more

09 / 30 / 2013

A Record 250 Scholarships were awarded in 2013 by GAAS, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, and other donors, sponsors, and collaborating organizations. ...more

07 / 02 / 2013

GAAS Awards Additional Scholarships from Donations at the Symposium ...more

06 / 19 / 2013

IDQ Holdings funds 2 2013 Scholarships to honor David Caracci and Mort Schwartz ...more

06 / 17 / 2013

Dayco Announces two 2013 Scholarship Recipients to honor Don Bethune ...more

06 / 10 / 2013

Chuck Udell donation funds award to veteran Michael Park ...more

06 / 05 / 2013

GAAS Awards 2 2013 Polk Scholarships to honor their Inventory Efficiency Award Winners ...more

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