GAAS scholarship applications ahead of pace for 2011

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The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship Selection Committee has announced that the number of scholarship applicants for 2011 is ahead of last year’s pace. More than 700 scholarship applications have been started, with more than 120 completed to date.

“We are thrilled to see a strong pool of scholarship applicants with less than a month to go until the deadline for submitting applications closes,” says Pete Kornafel, GAAS chairman. “I encourage everyone in the industry to remind their employees and customers about the opportunity to help young people start their aftermarket careers through the GAAS scholarship program.”

In 2010, 375 applications were submitted. A total of 94 students – 86 in the United States and 8 in Canada – were awarded scholarships by the GAAS scholarship fund and its contributors. Another 61 awards were made by other groups collaborating with GAAS, and 19 students received multiple awards. Individual scholarships ranged from $250 to $3,000. In its 15-year history, the fund has presented more than $1.5 million in awards to more than 1,500 students.

GAAS scholarships are awarded to students planning automotive aftermarket careers. The application process now is entirely electronic through the GAAS scholarship website, www.AutomotiveScholarships.com. The application deadline is March 31.