Co-Chairman's Welcome

by: pete kornafel

Automotive Scholarships -- Support the Industry's Future

2018 was another strong year for the scholarship program. 

635 complete applications were considered for scholarships by more than 40 donor organizations.

2018 total awards are $450,100.  In the US, 292 scholarships were awarded for a total of $440,150.  Another $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students in Canada.  More than 50 students received multiple awards from their one application.

The academic performance of the recipients is very strong. 

  • 84% of recipients whose High School transcript showed a GPA had a 3.0 or higher GPA. 
  • 77% of those whose High School transcripts showed a class rank were in the top half of their class. 
  • 116 of the recipients were already in a post-secondary program.
  • 88% of those had a post-secondary GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Most donors favor students planning to become technicians.  65% of 2018 recipients are training to be technicians.  78% of those are in automotive mechanical programs, 16% in collision programs and 7% in HD-Diesel programs. 

A number of donors prefer students with 4-year professional majors, so 14% of 2018 recipients are majoring in business, accounting, marketing, communications, and 11% are majoring in engineering.   

Some donors make awards to their organizations’ employees and family members, regardless of their planned curriculum.  So 10% of the 2018 awards went to recipients who have courses of study outside the automotive area.

By completing a single application at the website, students can be considered for multiple scholarships.

The largest award was a new Car Care Council Women's Board $10,0000 scholarship, awarded to a technician student attending college in California.


We are accepting on-line applications for the 2019 scholarships through March 31, 2019.  I urge all industry professionals to promote this one-stop site for students planning to pursue aftermarket careers. Scholarships are available for two-year technical college programs and vocational schools and four-year college programs.

These scholarships will help students get their automotive careers started on the right track. 

In more than twenty years of the scholarship program and ten years for this website, more than 3,000 students have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $3 million.

Each application will be reviewed by every organization where the student meets their qualifications.  Links to all organizations and donors are on the home page, and each goes to a page with details of their awards and eligibility requirements.  Please read all of these organization pages so that you can include information each organization requires.  Make sure you qualify for as many awards as possible.   

A separate application for Canadian students is available from the Automotive Industry Association of Canada.  See the Canada link on the home page. They can be contacted via phone at 613-728-5821. 

The automotive scholarships are funded through donations from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and other contributions.  See University of the Aftermarket Foundation
.  We are grateful for awards from many additional donors and collaborating automotive organizations.

You may contact us for further information.
Pete Kornafel

Danielle Sonnefeld